Jamaica: A Little Eco-Love in Negril

Right before we left for our January trip to Jamaica, we read a travel guru’s 2010 prediction that all-inclusive resorts would become increasingly popular with budget-conscious travelers. And now that we’ve seen all four properties in the Couples boutique chain, we’d have to agree.

But between you and me? There’s never a wrong time (or reason) to visit romantic, eco-friendly Couples Negril.

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Jamaica: Serious Jerk at Scotchie’s


The barbecue grills out back at Scotchie's

The barbecue grills out back at Scotchie's

Scotchie’s is a Montego Bay-area institution in Jamaica, both with tourists and locals. More a roadside stop than street food (it sits on the island’s main ring road), it’s where you find the simplest and most holy of all Caribbean cuisines: bonafide Jamaican jerk.

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Jamaica: Floating the Martha Brae


Boatman on the Martha Brae River

Where’s the last place you were still and quiet enough to hear your own heartbeat?

For us, it was gliding down a green Jamaican river on a bamboo raft that’s been made the same way for hundreds of years.

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Inland Jamaica: Negril to Montego Bay

Along western Jamaica's B8

During last week’s press trip to Jamaica‘s all-inclusive Couples Resorts, we had a day to ourselves — and went rogue.

Creating our own itinerary at the Swept Away tour desk, we hired a small van and driver to take us through a swath of the island’s interior:  a winding, lush and hilly journey from Negril to Montego Bay.

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Jamaica: Swept Along at Swept Away

The beach at Swept Away

Just got back from our second press trip to Jamaica and a three-night stay at a breezy, comfortable and lauded Couples Swept Away.

In a nutshell, we had a lovely time and would happily go back. It’s still fair to say that an all-inclusive resort isn’t our best vacation fit, but after meeting several couples around the property, we gained a better understanding of the concept…and can see the beauty in a lush and friendly landscape where (almost) anything is possible.

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