10 Affordable Places to Stay in Jamaica

Over the past few weeks I’ve shared lists of the best places to stay in Jamaica under categories such as hotels, villas and eco-lodges. Those lists were not necessarily budget-friendly, so I knew I had to make one for the average traveler. Most travelers are not traveling because they are rich, myself included. We travel because we have an insatiable desire to see the world around us, experience new cultures and meet new people. As a result, it is important for frequent travelers to spend wisely. Staying at budget-friendly accommodations is a good way to stretch those travel dollars. Here are 10 affordable places to stay in Jamaica (prices included).

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9 Places to Enjoy a Nature Retreat in Jamaica

So many of us feel at peace in nature, yet our daily lives are often far removed from it. For that reason, we ought to retreat to nature every chance we get in order to restore equilibrium to our lives. Jamaican nature retreats are rustic wooden and thatch structures nestled into the island’s lush tropical rainforest and rooted in responsible tourism practices such as serving organic seasonal foods prepared straight from the land. Many take it a step further by harvesting rainwater, and using compost toilets and solar electricity, while others double as wellness resorts by offering spa services, yoga and other activities to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Learn more about the benefits of staying at a nature or wellness retreat, and discover 9 places where you can enjoy these benefits in Jamaica.

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The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Jamaica

This week, we’re talking about boutique hotels! The phrase boutique hotel is a hot topic in travel magazines and on everyone’s lips these days but what exactly is a boutique hotel? Unlike all-inclusive hotels, there are no strict requirements but generally, boutique hotels are small sophisticated places to stay. Some boutique hotels are whimsical, artistic or downright luxurious. They tend to have a strong focus on design and décor, offer an intimate ambiance and are perfect for travelers who want a base from which to explore a city or neighbourhood. Read on to find out why boutique hotels are my preferred accommodation, and get my top picks for the best boutique hotels in Jamaica, prices included.

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The 8 Best Villas in Jamaica (With Prices)

Last week I covered the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica so now it’s time to talk about the best villas. Villas offer an intimate luxurious experience for small groups with complete privacy– no worries about strangers photobombing your pictures and you can laze around in the pool or common areas without worry of disrupting other guests. More importantly, villas allow you to have fun while maintaining social distance. As a result, Jamaican villas grew very popular during the pandemic and were the perfect place to be during lockdowns and curfews. Jamaica has officially reopened but the seclusion of villas will keep them popular for years to come. Nearly all have an oceanfront, river or mountain view, while many are beachfront or have a lovely private pool. Read on for how to book a Jamaican villa and get my top recommendations for which ones to visit.

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The 10 Best All-Inclusive Hotels in Jamaica

As a Jamaican travel blogger, I often get asked about hotel recommendations by friends, readers and associates. However, I’m frequently stumped for answers because everyone’s needs are different. Choosing the right all-inclusive hotel in Jamaica depends on whether you’re travelling alone, with friends, as a couple or even as a family with young children. Also, the answer depends on which end of the country you’d like to stay, your budget and what are your tastes. Are you going for the activities, the views or for a special occasion like an anniversary or honeymoon? Well, I decided to put together a list of the best all-inclusive hotels in Jamaica that should cater to all tastes.

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The Sea Cliff Resort in Portland, Jamaica (Review)

Portland is easily the most beautiful corner of Jamaica. The parish is home to unspoilt beaches, cliffs, mountains, rainforests, rivers and waterfalls. For an island which thrives on tourism, Portland has been spared from mass tourism by some miracle. The all-inclusive hotel model was introduced to Jamaica by local hotelier John Issa in 1978, but to date, there are still no all-inclusive hotels in Portland. Instead, the welcome alternatives are luxurious waterfront villas, rustic wellness retreats, intimate bed-and-breakfasts and secluded boutique hotels. Before now, my only trips to this parish had been via daytrips which limit the number of places and activities one can accomplish each trip. Thus, when a special occasion came around last December, I traded my usual daytrips for a weekend stay in the parish. Here’s how the Sea Cliff Resort exceeded my expectations.

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Poet Reef, Hanover

Poet Reef is a salubrious luxury three bedroom waterfront villa located on Jamaica’s north coast in Cousins Cove, Hanover. Constructed of hand-cut stone and furnished with locally made pieces, the villa looks like a home which could have been built in a previous era, but is equipped with modern conveniences which would give it away as a gem from our generation. Poet Reef overlooks an expansive cove and the view is nothing short of breathtaking. Consider Poet Reef for your next vacation on Jamaica’s north coast if you’re looking for a unique place to idle awhile. Let me take you on a short tour of this beautiful property.

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Rediscover Jamaica at The Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites

The Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites in Montego Bay on Jamaica’s North Coast is a five-star all-inclusive hotel that prides itself on luxury as much as safe and responsible tourism. Jamaica reopened its borders on June 15, but in spite of this, there has been a huge push for locals to explore home and experience the sights, scents and tastes of Jamaica which are not often marketed to us. This campaign by the Jamaica Tourist Board is known as Rediscover Jamaica and has been hailed as a huge success thus far, with more and more locals making reservations at the country’s leading resorts, and is possibly the largest wave of locals exploring yaad. This uptick in ‘staycations’ is also due in part to the numerous deals and specials put in place by these large all-inclusive hotels to appeal to a local crowd, and I’m here for it! Millions of people save for months and years to afford a trip to Jamaica, while Jamaica is our birthright. With that said, if you’re looking for another great location for your next staycation, look no further than Iberostar.

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I Felt Safer At A Hotel Than Work.

True Story: I felt safer at a hotel which is being used as a quarantine site for tourists coming from CoVid-stricken countries, than I do every day at work. Here’s why:

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Lime Tree Farm, Saint Andrew

Lime Tree Farm is an eco-friendly farm set in the delightful Blue Mountains 3,400 feet above sea level. Run by an affable couple Rodger and Tifony Bolton, visiting their farm is like visiting the home of friends where the air is cool and crisp, the views divine, the tranquility just what the doctor ordered and you’ll feel as if time moves a little slower here. Set in rural Saint Andrew, this is Coffee Country so you can bet that that’s the main crop.

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