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what are the beaches like in Jamaica?

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#11 Jenn

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    Posted 17 December 2008 - 06:58 PM

    As others said, Negril has an amazing beach! Soft sand and clear water! The cliffs are gorgeous as well. We couldn't decide so we honeymooned at Sunset at the Palms AND The Caves. Both areas are fantastic :)

    #12 SunBride

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      Posted 17 December 2008 - 07:26 PM

      one of the things my co-worker mentioned to me was that you have to be on 7 mile beach in negril to be on the best part. She said the Riu's are on a small bay just off 7 mile beach and it wasn't quite as awesome.

      Although the beach sounds best in Negril, I think I've decided on Ocho Rios because I want us to have more stuff to do off the resort and the beach still wounds pretty awesome there.

      #13 kerryjbrown

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        Posted 18 December 2008 - 04:51 AM

        I have only stayed at the Grand Lido Negril and had an amazing time! The beach was in a private cove so you had the beach but could also ski/wakeboard with the free provided boat (which I indulged in daily after my morning dive) and if you walk down past the Couples/Sandals Places (or have the boat driver deliver you as I did), there is an amazing beach with a local serving of lobster where you eat on the beach called the Lobster Pot....most amazing day on the beach in my life in all the countries I have been to.

        Best part of Negril is there are no tourist cruises, like there is in Ochos or other places so it is private.

        #14 NJ_bride

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          Posted 18 December 2008 - 01:40 PM

          We just got back from our wedding week in Negril at Couples Swept Away. We had guests at Couples Negril, RUI, Hedonism, and Grand Lido, all said CSA had the best beach in Negril. As someone else mentioned you don't have cruise ships which is a plus. My hubby and friends have been to Ocho Rios and liked Negril better.

          Last fall my hubby and I went to Punta Cana, I agree awesome beaches! CSA is absolutely in that ballpark! Gorgeous clean, blue water, white powder sand, perfect!

          Hope this helps!

          #15 klopez

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            Posted 18 December 2008 - 02:31 PM

            so glad to hear this....FH and I have booked our honeymoon at CSA right after our wedding at ROR. can't wait!!!! :)

            #16 RMB12/4/08

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              Posted 18 December 2008 - 05:36 PM

              I just got married 2 weeks ago atRiu Montego Bay and that resort and beach are AMAZING!!! I have a friend that honeymooned 2 months ago at ROR and she saw the video and pictures and said our resort was WAY clear and the beach looked a lot nicer. She said there was lots of sea weed. At our resort the water was warm, the sand was soft and warm also....
              RMB Bride over 1 year ago! Baby #1 due in March! And can't wait for a drink! On the downhill slide from here!

              #17 SunBride

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                Posted 21 December 2008 - 05:00 PM

                Thanks for all the help ladies! I am still undecided. We are hoping to go in mid-January, assuming we can get a week off work. The research continues...

                #18 mgjt0712

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                  Posted 22 December 2008 - 02:01 PM

                  I've been to Riu Ocho Rios twice and can tell you the reason we keep going back and also the reason we are getting married there is the beach and also the fact that every room has an ocean view. That is something that you cant pass up!! Its not as long as maybe beaches in NEgril but it sure is blue and very swimmable. Plus if you enjoy snorkeling there is a good small reef and also a bit farther out to see is an even bigger really good reef and the best part is that its right off the boyes of the resort beach. so you could easily swim out or take a small boat out to the larger reef.

                  #19 EDYTA

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                    Posted 30 December 2008 - 12:23 PM

                    I just got back from Riu Ocho Rios a couple days ago and my husband and I were very dissapointed in the beach there...we love long beaches cause we walk a lot and the beach at riu is about a 5 minute walk each way. The sand and water was nice but like someone mentined there is a bit of seeweed and it floats in doesn't grow in the ground.

                    I've also been to Riu Negril and the beach is longer there and you can walk for miles but it is very narrow and the sand and water dont compare to riu ocho rios.

                    My husband and I are HUGE beach people, we usually go to the places that have beautiful beaches so for us Jamaica doesn't compare to Punta Cana...sorry hope I'm not making it difficult for you but that's just my opinion and I guess everyones idea of a great beach is different...so depends what you are looking for

                    here are a few pics of the beach from Riu Ocho Rios
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                    also on a side note my biggest pet peeve about RIU ocho rios was the amount of people harassing you on the beach to buy drugs, everytime we would go for a walk my husband would get swarmed

                    Wow sorry that turned out to be a very negative post but the room had a great Ocean View and the pools were GREAT there

                    #20 SunBride

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                      Posted 31 December 2008 - 03:20 PM

                      Thanks so much for that info, very helpful! It's good to read the good along with the bad, and it's good to know not to get my expectations too high. Did you get harassed right in front of the resort or only when you walked farther down the beach?

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