No need to worry about evening wear. If you dine at Bella Vista you can wear nice shorts and a cute top. The night of the Beach Party (Tuesday) you can also wear shorts and a cute top. The night of the Gala (Friday) you will want to wear a somewhat dressy sundress. At the other restaurants a sundress is fine no need for a cocktail dress or anything like that. If you prefer light weight pant suits, those are also fine. We go for 10 days and I usually take 4 sundresses and just mix it up. No need for a different outfit for each night. You are only in your evening clothes for a few hours and it is perfectly fine to wear them again.
Originally Posted by bigel
When packing you should take two suitcases. Mix your clothes between the two. That way if one of the suitcases gets lost in transit you will still have some clothes until your suitcase catches up with you. Be sure to pack your swimsuit in your carry-on luggage along with any meds and valuables. If by chance your luggage doesn't arrive with you the resort does have an emergency kit, but I still pack my toothbrush in my carry-on. I'm just a little weird like that. Remember to also have a black or blue pen with you on the plane so you can fill our the immigration/customs forms.
As for going into Ocho Rios, the front desk can grab you a cab for you. Be sure to negotiate the price before getting into the taxi. The cab driver can take you around town and/or drop you off somewhere and let you wander. He will arrange a time to come pick you up.
If it is shopping you are looking to do, there is a shopping shuttle that leaves from the resort a couple times during the week and it is included with your stay.
As for 'must do' while at the resort, our favorite thing to do at CSS is to take an afternoon and explore the grounds. We start at AN beach and take a dip in the ocean, a soak in the hot tub, a dip in the pool and then grab a drink from the bar. We walk over to the lake and grab a couple bikes and go for a ride around the lake. Then we head over to the swim up bar/pool and take a dip in the pool and grab a drink from the bar. Then we head out to the ocean and take a swim there. After the ocean we go to the hot tub by the pool and take a soak. Then we stop by the beach bar and grab a drink and head to the grotto where we put our toes in and let the little fishes nibble on them. We then walk over to the mineral pool and take a refreshing dip in there. Head down the stairs to the waterfall and stick our toes in the ocean. Head back up to the mineral pool and get a fruit smoothie and then get in the 'jungle' hot tub. Soak for a bit and then take the winding stairs back up toward the lobby and take a dip in the pool there. We end our adventure with a drink at the balloon bar and then head back to the AN beach. It makes for a fun afternoon and a great way to see the resort.
Also, relax you are going to be fine. There is a little shop with clothes and sundries in case you forget anything or feel you didn't quite pack right.
BTW ~ I'm jealous. We're in a tight financial situation right now and I'm not sure when we will be able to go back.
Juliann & Jeff
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