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Jamaica - esp. Negril & Montego Bay & short Dominican Republic report

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Jamaica - esp. Negril & Montego Bay & short Dominican Republic report

wurstle | Nov 14, 2003 08:11 AM

Going to Jamaica next weekend for 2 days. Looking for a place to get married. We want a nice resort on the beach which isn't more than $200/night with good food that allows young children (so none of the cliff resorts on the west end of Negril). Looking specifically at Charela Inn, Coco La Palm, Coyaba and Tryall. Anyone been to any of those resorts or have any other suggestions?

By the way, thanks to all for the Dominican Republic suggestions. Made my way down there a few weeks ago and saw 2 places (didn't get to do a true Chowhound trip eating at out of the way places due to the time constraints of the trip). Went first to Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana. Beautiful resort - lush fantastic landscaping, white soft sandy beaches, warm oceans, nice rooms, friendly staff and interesting international guests. Unfortunately the food was mediocre at best. They don't really offer Dominican food. Instead they have French, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Japanese, seafood and other similar types of restaurants and none were great - similar to what you'd get at a mediocre to bad chain restaurant(about a 15 Zagat rating). The desserts in particular tasted as if they were made weeks in advance, frozen and reheated. I worried that coming from NYC I was too picky, but everyone we spoke with - be they from the US midwest, south, Russia, or elsewhere agreed with us. Too bad, because it's a beautiful spot. Then made our way to Casa de Campo in La Romana. The food we had there was MUCH better than at the Melia - the fruits and vegetables were fresh (as opposed to at the Melia where they were anemic), the sauces good and the meats well prepared. Unfortunately the clientele was rich and snotty and very unfriendly and the resort is VERY spread out - it's all private houses and you need to rent a car or golf cart to get around or wait 30 min. for a shuttle to go to the beach, restaurant or play golf.

So it's off to Jamaica. Suggestions welcome and appreciated!

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