This was my first trip out of the country, hence my first trip to Jamaica. I wanted my experience to be authentic and rich with cultural experiences, so my boyfriend, his cousin and I chose Emerald View over an all-inclusive popular hotel. The price was definetely right and the photos of the villa had us sold. Hostelworld said that Emerald Veiw was 6 miles from the airport. It was actually 25 minutes from the airport in a town called Greenwood and cost us about $45 US to be taken there by cab. We were a little apprehensive as we got closer to our destination and further from Montego Bay. We had not rented a car and were unsure of how we would get around from this seemingly remote location. As we ascended the moutain and arrived at our destination, we were still a little hesitant, but willing to make the most of the trip. Once in the villa, any fears we had, melted away, The villa was beautiful. Our room was clean and well maintained. We had cable television, a remote controlled air conditioning unit, a ceiling fan and private restroom. The villa was bright, warm and inviting. The staff were extremely accommodating. Richard was a sweetheart! Christine was friendly and helpful. Jennifer the owner has two lovely daughters, Anna and Nadia, who were simply charming. Duran was a cool dude who definetely knows his way around Jamaica. Jennifer was a gracious hostess and made sure that our visit was an unforgettable one. They became fast friends. When you go to Jamaica, just keep in mind that you are not on any time frames there! They are very laid back, so don't be in a hurry to go anyway. Learn to relax and go with the flow, Hang out at Chill Out beach, go to Father Bull's to grab a bite and hang out in Falmouth and downtown Montego Bay if you really want to experience the true Jamaican experience. If you plan your days right and your transportation to and from your destinations, you will have the trip of a lifetime. The saltwater pool and the view from the villa will have you not straying too far. We ended our nights there during most of our visit. Experience Emerald Villa....we are already planning our trip back next year! Maybe we will see you there!
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