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The Road Less Traveled

San Antonio, Texas
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The Road Less Traveled

If you were to ask a local for some interesting sites that aren't overflowing with tourists, what do you suppose they'd recommend? We like to steer clear of the tourist traps when vacationing whenever possible, and enjoy to immerse in the culture.

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Castleton, United...
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11. Re: The Road Less Traveled

Nine Mile is normally combined with Dunn's River Falls (both St. Ann). Appleton's is normally combined with Black River Crocodile Safari and YS Falls (all St. Elizabeth).

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12. Re: The Road Less Traveled

IMHO, you'd be better off doing stuff that's closer to Negril, and save 9 Mile for another trip. It's a solid 3.5 hours' drive each way from Negril, and much closer to several other popular tourist towns. The Appleton factory is about 2 hours from Negril. That's quite close to YS Falls, and the Black River boat tours. Those 3 things would make a fairly compact all-day tour, without spending most of the time on the road.

You could stay in Ocho Rios or Runaway Bay on your next visit.... which are about 1 hour from 9 Mile, with several other touristy things nearby, like Shaw Park Gardens, Martha Brae rafting & Dunn's River Falls. Those activities are much better to do when staying someplace closer on the north coast, rather than Negril IMO. Negril is on the extreme western tip of Jamaica - it's a great place to chill and do beachy things. The nearby cliffs are fun to visit (we enjoyed biking all over there in past years), and there are a few relatively nearby things to do for excursions, without driving for a bunch of hours. Enjoy!

Edited: 08 April 2018, 13:23
Castleton, United...
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13. Re: The Road Less Traveled

IMHO he'd be better off doing what he wants to. Not every tourist wants to stay around Negril when based there.

Worle, United...
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14. Re: The Road Less Traveled

Hi,

My Wife & I have just returned from Negril where we stayed on Seve Mile Beach for two weeks. It was our first time to Jamaica but it will not be our last. It’s a fantastic place with fab people.......”Yeah Mon” as they like to say, its like a high five to us. Am sure you’ll have a great time. If you decide to walk the beach once you get to one end you may have to remove your clothes as its a nudist area.

Castleton, United...
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15. Re: The Road Less Traveled

Not true. There is a gate between Sandals and Hedo. You can walk onto Hedo if you wish with clothes on - there is a craft market just after the gate. Just don't take photos of the unclothed.

Ormond Beach...
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16. Re: The Road Less Traveled

Yup. It's fine to pass thru Hedo's beaches with clothes on. The guards at the Hedo/Sandals gate will ask your name & where you're going. And use of cameras is prohibited (for any pics - not just pics of naked folks) on Hedo's nude beach, starting a bit past the dive shack.

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17. Re: The Road Less Traveled

As long as you stay along the water line (the public zone) along Hedo's beach, you can wear you clothes, even when walking along that nude beach section.

A lot of folks do not wander much beyond the boat dock (where the clothing optional beach becomes the nude beach)

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