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    Is smoking allowed in restaurants and/or on the beach/common areas? If so, how prevalent is it?

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    People do smoke on the beach and I have occasionally moved to a different spot to get away from it. There is plenty of room on the beach so this has never been a problem for us or the smokers. I have never seen anyone smoking in the restaurants except for the Cabana Grill. Hope this helps.

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    Hi Cambed, Smoking is allowed in the Palms, the open-air restaurant, as they do have a smoking section. Lemongrass also has a smoking section by the martini bar, but not at your table. Feathers is no-smoking, but you can sit outside the restaurant and smoking. Also, Patois, you can smoke at the bar only. You may also smoke in your room and/or balcony. They do provide ashtrays on the beach and the beach bars all have ashtrays as well. There were quite a few smokers when hubby and I were there 12/12 through 12/24/10. Hope this helps.

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    My husband and I were there in September and I'm a smoker. I know at the Palms they always asked us if we wanted smoking or non-smoking. I really can't remember about any of the other restaurants, but you could at the Palms. There are also ashtrays on the beach and at the bars.

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    Smoking is allowed on the beaches and in the common areas. Feathers does not allow smoking. The Palms has non-smoking areas. Smoking is allowed at the bar area at Patois Patio.

    We've been to CSA four times. I have asthma and am very sensitive to cigarette smoke. The smoking is obviously much more prevalent than in the U.S. or Canada. Sometimes a smoker will sit down next to us at the Patois Bar. We just move. There definitely isn't so much smoking that it has impacted our decision to return again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDzWife View Post
    You may also smoke in your room and/or balcony.
    I'm guessing they don't have non-smoking rooms, do they? I so take it for granted non-smoking rooms and no smoking in restaurants that I hadn't even considered the possibility that that could be a problem on our vacation. I suppose most Caribbean resorts are going to be about the same, right?

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    We went with another couple new to CSA and they are nonsmokers and highly allergic to cigarette smoke. It was never a problem in the restaurants, on the beach or even in their room. They are planning another trip back to CSA. I cannot vouch for the other three resorts, but I assume they are the same way. Search the message board about other comments from nonsmokers. Enjoy, have fun and relax. It shouldn't be a problem.

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    Smoking is allowed in the rooms and on the verandah's, there are no non-smoking rooms. Before we left I had read that it didn't matter, you couldn't smell stale smoke in the rooms because of the minimal amount of fabric (the floors are tile and there are essentially no curtains because of the shutters), but I was skeptical. I actually completely forgot about it until some folks arrived a few days after us and smoked on their verandah. You are right that in the caribbean it's not like the US where non-smoking laws abound, smoking is much more permissible. However, we were very pleased to find that Couples does attempt to limit it. This was our 15th trip to Jamaica but our first to a Couples resort and the place we used to stay made only feeble attempts and the smell was everywhere. Non-smoking rooms did exist but they were few so you weren't guaranteed one and often they were connected to a smoking one (you know, those doors between rooms) so one year we had wet towels at the threshold all week as the smoke was coming under so bad. The rooms wreaked of stale smoke on bed spreads, carpet and curtains just as you would find in a hotel at home. Couples is just not at all that way. You'll be amazed at how you don't even notice it until you get home and realize you didn't notice it. And this is coming from someone who is fanatical about smells and highly offended by smokers. Go and don't worry.

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    Cambed - you're right, all of the rooms are "smoking" rooms. We have traveled throughout the Caribbean. It seems like every island we've been to is much more accepting of smoking than the U.S. and Canada. From what I recall, Aruba was particularly bad, but maybe I'm just recalling the cigar smoking in the casinos.

    Again, I'm very sensitive to cigarette smoke, and I've never had a problem with leftover odors in our rooms (we've been to CSA four times). I have read others on this board who have not been so fortunate - perhaps a heavy smoker occupied their room just prior to them, or a heavy smoker on the verandah near their room. Is it possible your room might have a smokey smell? Yes, I guess so, but I have not encountered it. I think that you will be fine. On all of our trips, I can count the situations on one hand the number of times when we had to move because of smokers (and this is because we chose to move vs. asking the smokers to move).

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    We have always stayed on the old side of the resort so the rooms are very open and air is always flowing. This helps with keeping the rooms from smelling like smoke. I am very sensitive and get severe migraines, hives and sometimes have a lot of trouble breathing from many things including smoke, some perfumes and air fresheners. I have never had any trouble with the room smelling like smoke but we have been in rooms that were downwind of people who smoked on their balconies a LOT. Unfortunately there was not a lot we could do about that. The smell would fill our room because there were screens on all sides and it would take a while to get rid of it. I would just leave at night when this happened because there was not a whole lot else I could do and I was getting very sick. This didn't happen very often but when it did happen it was not good.

    We did not have trouble when we were on the beach or while we were eating or anything. When we would sit down on the beach I would move the ashtrays away from our seats because I could smell them. I also noticed that people who wanted to smoke tended to sit down near an ashtray rather than bringing one with them to the seat they wanted. The beach is very big and open so there typically a good breeze. The smoke on the beach dissipates pretty quickly.

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    We are non-smokers and didn't have any smells in our room. I didn't notice much smoking on the beach. One day there were some big smokers near us so we moved. The only problem I had that I found was DISGUSTING is that almost everyone at the swim up bar was smoking. Cigarettes in the pool GROSSSSS!! Needless to say we never say at the swim up bar!!!

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    Weren't bothered by smoke smell in our room. Both of us are nonsmokers and I especially can't stand the smell. The only thing that bothered me about the smoking was that everyone at the swim up bar was smoking!! Cigarettes in the pool GROSS!!!! Drunk people and cigarettes in the pool/food area do not make for a pleasant site. Therefore we never enjoyed sitting in the water and enjoying a drink did have fun sitting around the pool bar(just not in the water). There are plenty of other places to enjoy your drinks though.

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    This last time at CSA I noticed a LOT of cigarette butts in the beach sand....THAT is gross....

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    I agree, gonegril. I don't know why some smokers feel it's okay to use the environment as their personal ashtray- it's so disrespectful on many different levels. It's especially disrespectful to the beautiful country they are visiting. If they want to litter their front lawn at home with dirty butts, then that's their perogative, but a beautiful beach like 7 Mile...it's embarrassing. Littering is littering- whether it's trash/garbage, or cigarette butts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TravelBug View Post
    I agree, gonegril. I don't know why some smokers feel it's okay to use the environment as their personal ashtray- it's so disrespectful on many different levels. It's especially disrespectful to the beautiful country they are visiting. If they want to litter their front lawn at home with dirty butts, then that's their perogative, but a beautiful beach like 7 Mile...it's embarrassing. Littering is littering- whether it's trash/garbage, or cigarette butts.
    Same here but I wondered if it was due to the storms that rolled through just before we got there. There was all sorts of debris on the beach but much of it was cigarettes.

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