Sorry about that. I was playing on words: meter "running"-cool "runnings"--Yes, I was aware that there are no metered taxis in Jamaica--but your comment is sound as I reckon there are many vistors who think "life works the same everywhere."
I was at Borders the other day and found a guide that mentioned Whitfield as a place to overnight--you had mentioned that as well. I will mark this on my itinerary. It looks like a good place to start and get a guide.
Although a season away, your advice is helping me focus on a plan.