Selecting a Place to Stay
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMODATION
First ask yourself, “Do my children need to have structure like
separate activities planned for them or can they have a good time
in a loosely structured environment?” If the answer to that question
is they need structure, then an All Inclusive vacation is probably
the answer. Children who can entertain themselves or are happy doing
mostly “family things” will feel quit happy staying at inns, smaller
hotels, guesthouse or villa. An All Inclusive will usually offer
a Meal Plan that could make feeding a finicky eater a little easier.
Getting a guesthouse or villa with a kitchen so you could prepare
their favorites or with a hired cook could also solve that problem.
A list of “children friendly” accommodations can be found at the
end of this page.
WHERE SHOULD YOU STAY?
Most children and adults want to have great beaches. The top 5 beach
areas in Jamaica in descending order are: Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho
Rios, Port Antonio and Treasure Beach. Cost wise and in population
by tourists they are generally in that same descending order. Montego
Bay is where the Sangster Airport, main tourist entry point, is
located which can reduce transportation costs if not included in
your package. Some of the older, cheaper All Inclusives are located
along the road between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios in the Trelawney,
Falmouth and Runaway Bay area however their beach areas are somewhat
limited. A lot of the inns, smaller hotels, guesthouses and villas
are located in all these areas with some less expensive options
across the road from the beaches.
WHAT ABOUT GETTING A GOOD
BABYSITTER OR NANNY?
Most All Inclusives and some of the other accommodations have nannies
and babysitters on premise or locally available so you should inquire
before booking. Generally, Jamaicans are very good with children
and can be retained at reasonable prices. Many of our Boardites
on the Bulletin Boards can recommend favorites if you post a thread
requesting assistance. Always interview all babysitters or nannies
before employing them to watch your children.
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