We will be there next week August 20-27. We will see you at Sunset Beach, it is awesome!
We dont go off resort much, so I can't help you with your first question.
Our first three trips to Jamaica were to CTI, and we love it there. It's been a while since we have been back and I really miss it. The Island is really nice, however, SSB has a big pool and you don't have to worry about red flag days that keep the Island closed.
August is the off season, so the resorts are not as busy. Rumor has it that even when the resorts are at capacity you wouldn't notice the difference.
How to pass the time.... you could always start packing?