A Romantic Caribbean Getaway in Jamaica

Romantic Caribbean GetawayOn your holiday in Jamaica you can do exactly that. You can take a romantic ride with your partner – perhaps early morning to see the sun rise together, or in the later afternoon before your evening meal, or if you’d like the opportunity to ride a little more, then you could book a longer horseback experience. It’s possible to take a day, or longer trek where a guide will take you and your partner (either alone, or in a group with others) riding through some fantastic Jamaican scenery.

Another day, why not take a day-trip to the famous Dunns River Waterfalls in Jamaica’s Coho Rios region. This can get crowded on the days that cruise ships are in port so check with your hotel so you choose a time when you’re able to spend a romantic time splashing around in the falls without bumping into large amounts of cruise tourists. Usually the cruise ships will have a set schedule for their passengers so even if you are only in the Dunns River Waterfall area on the same day as the cruise ships, try and schedule your visit before they arrive!

There are many kinds of accommodation on the island of Jamaica, but if you are looking for romance, you probably don’t want to have to deal with children running around, so why not make a reservation to stay at a couples only resort? Here you’ll find that the emphasis is on romance and you’re more likely to have a more peaceful time than you would staying at another resort.

Jamaica is a Caribbean island that’s full of exotic wildlife, clean sand, beautiful oceans and stunning sunsets. It’s the kind of destination that provides a perfect backdrop to that romantic vacation, so find your partner and make that reservation!

Top Tips for Caribbean Cruise Success

Caribbean CruiseCaribbean cruises are destination loaded. This means that you may find yourself in a new port on a different island almost every day. At first it may be exciting, but pace yourself. If you plan on going ashore every day, check out what activities are available in each port and try to alternate a restful day of bus trip/sun bathing/shopping with an activity packed day of hiking and other sports. Also remember that if you’re planning an activity day that has an early time for leaving the ship, you might want to skip the midnight buffet the night before!

Although your Caribbean Cruise may not be too expensive, all those shore excursions can add an substantial amount to your basic price, so make sure you budget accordingly. If you have to make choices to keep your budget down, do some research and see which of the islands have something you don’t want to miss and then book yourself onto those excursions first. If you’ve got money left in your budget, then you can add some others.

Some of the major cruise companies now have their own private island in the Caribbean that has been developed by them solely for the use of their passengers. Whilst the itinerary says ‘private island’, if there are 2000 passengers on board, private doesn’t equal tranquil intimacy! If you’re looking for some peace, and if want to avoid the extra changes that are linked into the private island excursion, then consider staying on board the ship and recharging your batteries for the next day’s activities. With most passengers being seduced by the idea of a beach BBQ, you should find your cruise ship to be far more of a Caribbean dream than the private island.

There’s very little that can spoil the beauty of the Caribbean islands, but make sure that you book the right kind of cruise otherwise the it’s the cruising experience that could turn this holiday of a lifetime into something other than you anticipated.

10 Tips for Budgeting your All-Inclusive Caribbean Holiday

1 The brochure price is possibly misleading. Read the small print to discover any hidden compulsory extras such as gratuities for things such as room cleaning, bed making, luggage carrying etc that may be fixed to your bill at the end of your holiday.

2 Are hotel transfers included in the price, or will you have to organize and pay for your travel to/from the airport?

3 Do they have in-room safes that are free to use, or is there a fee to be paid direct to the hotel?

4What kind of room is provided for the brochure price? If you’re hoping to wake up to an ocean view every morning on your Caribbean holiday, you may find you have to pay more than the basic quoted price.

5 Is all food covered by the all-inclusive price, or only a set number of meals each day? If you enjoy the outdoors and want to spend most of your time making the most of the Caribbean weather, do they provide picnic food as part of the price or can you expect to pay for this locally should you decide to skip the resort restaurant and stay on the beach for lunch?

6 When it comes to drinks, are alcoholic drinks included in the quoted price? Some resorts may only allow soft drinks free, and perhaps a glass of wine with a meal, but otherwise you may need to pay as you would on a holiday that isn’t all-inclusive.

7 If there is evening entertainment at the hotel or resort you’re staying at, are all charges covered for this, or will you need to budget extra in order to enjoy it?

8 Are all activities included in the all-inclusive price? Sometimes they will advertise free activities, but then state that there is a surcharge for some “specialist” activities.

9 Is equipment provided free of charge for the activities or is there a supplement to pay, if you want to go snorkeling for example?

10If it’s an activity you’ve never done before, is there any instruction provided? Is this covered by the all-inclusive price, or is there an additional charge.

Caribbean HolidayIf you can’t find the answer to the questions in the brochure, ask your travel agent for the information, or contact the hotel direct via email if they have a website – and make sure you get their answers in writing before paying your deposit.

What certainly won’t be included in your price is insurance, and you need to consider this especially if you intend to take the opportunity of learning a new water sport such as paragliding. A basic insurance may not cover what the insurers deem to be extreme sports so this so if you’re considering an all-inclusive Caribbean vacation with a large menu of exciting activities to try out, make sure that accidents resulting from such pursuits are covered!

A Caribbean all-inclusive holiday will be full of memories that will last a life-time, but make sure that you find out exactly what it’s going to cost you before making a booking so that none of them are bad ones caused by unexpected expenses.