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

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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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