I just spent a week at the Villa La Cage and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The proprietor Mr. Arreton Bell patiently awaited my delayed flight and picked me up at the airport in MB. This was my first visit to Jamaica, a decision made on the spur of the moment, so I found myself in unfamiliar territory. Mr. Bell and his staff instantly made me comfortable, answering my questions about the area and culture plus giving me valuable safety tips and advice about local customs and attractions. As others have mentioned, this is a family operated hotel, and you are treated like family from the moment you arrive.
I took one of the deluxe rooms with AC, TV, small refrigerator, valuables safe, and a comfortable bed. Wifi is available in the dining/bar area, so I made it a habit to check my mail, FB, etc. in the mornings over a nice breakfast and coffee. I often ate dinner there as well; the meals served at the Villa are great, both Pauline and Janice are excellent cooks. Special requests are no problem. They also have a nice pool and small bar.
I toured the Negril region first on a motor scooter, then on a dirt bike rented from Gas rental right up the street. Negril must have gone on a pothole repair mission because most of the roads in town were in fairly good shape. Further outside of town the roads are rougher but still drivable. Driving in Negril is not for the faint of heart -- you should always ride cautiously, and stay as far left as possible. Don’t hesitate to blow your horn, no one takes offense. The trickiest navigation is the roundabout in the middle of town.
After riding up the 7-mile beach for a swim or exploring the neighborhoods or cruising in sugarcane country, I usually stopped a the Canoe just down the road from the Villa for a cold Red Stripe. Nice place with good food and friendly staff and customers, plus they have wifi. Returning to the Villa, I always joined Mr. Bell and fellow guests and friends for light hearted conversation and a cold beer out on the ‘patio.’ Here I learned a treasure trove about Negril and Jamaica plus tuned into local gossip.
I’m on a plane returning to Tennessee, but if the pilot decided to turn around, it would be great to get back to the Villa.
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