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    Default staying in montego bay either one day before or one day after

    Has anyone stayed over in Montego Bay one day before or after.

    I don't know if I can write this here. But Decameron looks like an inexpensive but decent hotel on the strip in MB.

    We were thinking if we can't get an early flight out to stay over in MB one night and then hook up with Couples van the next morning. Is that possible to do?

    If we can't get a later flight out, we were thinking of staying in MB one night after. But how would that work? Could we just take a cab from the airport after Couples drops us off?

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    Mary,

    This doesn't answer your question about hotels in MoBay, but since your question arises from your concern about late arrival/early departure, I thought I could provide you with some useful info. I noticed that you're from Queens and assume that you'll want to fly out of JFK. Air Jamaica's early morning flight out of JFK has returned to the schedule. JM10 departs JFK at 6:00 a.m. and lands in MoBay at 8:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. NY time); JM11 departs MoBay at 6:00 p.m. and arrives at JFK at 10:45 p.m.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamela View Post
    Mary,

    This doesn't answer your question about hotels in MoBay, but since your question arises from your concern about late arrival/early departure, I thought I could provide you with some useful info. I noticed that you're from Queens and assume that you'll want to fly out of JFK. Air Jamaica's early morning flight out of JFK has returned to the schedule. JM10 departs JFK at 6:00 a.m. and lands in MoBay at 8:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. NY time); JM11 departs MoBay at 6:00 p.m. and arrives at JFK at 10:45 p.m.
    I saw that with Air Jamaica, but I am afraid to book them as they are going through so many changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryrnp View Post
    I saw that with Air Jamaica, but I am afraid to book them as they are going through so many changes.
    Air Jamaica was purchased by another airline. The problems that likely have you thinking twice about it occurred before the sale.

    We're scheduled to fly out on the 6 am Air Jamaica flight on Friday, September 17. We're glad that the early morning flight was restored to the schedule since the sale was completed.
    Last edited by Pamela; August 24th, 2010 at 05:58 PM.
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    We just did this last month. We stayed at Toby's Resort in MB for the night because we didn't want to get to CSA really late and pay $$$ for that day. We told the people at the Couples Lounge what we were doing when we got there. They said to return the next morning at 8:30am and let the security guard know that we were there. It went well...no problem at all.
    Would we stay at Toby's again?? He** NO! We'd have to find another place if we need to do this again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eileen11 View Post
    Would we stay at Toby's again?? He** NO! We'd have to find another place if we need to do this again.
    For 100 bucks, we loved the place. Breakfast was awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamela View Post
    Air Jamaica was purchased by another airline. The problems that likely have you thinking twice about it occurred before the sale.

    We're scheduled to fly out on the 6 am Air Jamaica flight on Friday, September 17. We're glad that the early morning flight was restored to the schedule since the sale was completed.
    Pamela where are you flying out of.... we are leaving Philly on the 10th at 6AM.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottnkim View Post
    Pamela where are you flying out of.... we are leaving Philly on the 10th at 6AM.....
    We fly out of JFK.
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    Default eileen11 ??'s about Toby's

    I am really glad I found this tread. My husband Matt and I are doing something a little different this year. We have decided that we wanted to do more excursions on this trip. This is our plan. We arrive in MoBay on Thursday afternoon around 3:30p.m. We have Toby's booked for the first night. Friday morning we are headed to Negril. And checking into Coco La Palm for 3 nights
    Saturday we have a day trip planned to go to YS Falls and Floyd's Pelican Bar
    Sunday we are spending the day at the Cliffs.
    Even though we love Couples we just thought we would stay somewhere a little cheaper and use the money we save to do more excursions. Since we will be gone almost the entire day anyway.
    Monday we check into Couples for 4 nights,hey you have to save the best for last right.
    I know this is a lot of changing hotels and sorts. But we figure we can get the best of both worlds. We get to do the excursions we want and still be at home at CSA.
    Eileen 11 How was Toby's? Did you feel safe there? Was it clean? I have read mixed reviews about the place. Should we change to a different hotel in Mobay? Thanks in advance.
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    Glad you liked Toby's Resort. We had a room with bugs all over the place, a worm in the bathtub, the bathroom door didn't close at all, the sheets were dirty, and drug deals going on all around the so called "resort". To each his own.

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    There are a few posts about this on the board, but basically you won't have a problem coming in early. Just get to the airport the next morning and have someone let the Couples desk know you're outside and ready for the ride to the resort.

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    Do yourself a favor and go straight to the resort. Enjoy your ist evening and be ready to go in the AM. If you have time spend the extra night at Couples - you'll be happy you did.

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    We have done this many times and have discovered 'The Polkerris" in Montego Bay. It's an amazing B&B with reasonable rates. Check it out on www.tripadvisor.com, there are beautiful photos and wonderful reviews. Hope this helps!

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    maryrnp
    I use trip advisor for such recommendations since Couples does not permit outside vendor recommendations. In the past I have read of other spending the night in Mobay the coming to the resort the next morning.

    What we did this year, is take a late flight into Atlanta. Spend the night there, then catch the first flight in the morning (8:30am arrives 10:30am) into Mobay. We are estimating being at CSS by 12:30 of 1:00 pm verses 5/6 pm or later as in years past.

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    We have done this (spent one night on the strip) just to check out the place and really wished we hadn't. After staying at the resort, the hotel in town is just NOT IT! We wished we had spent another night at the resort.

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    If you decide to stay in MoBay one night, do it BEFORE you stay at a Couples resort. After you spend a week at Couples, you will be disapointed with another hotel (in my opinion). Enjoy your vacation at Couples. We just spent a week at Couples and can't wait to return!

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    Thanks everyone for your input. Jimmmariann, did you stay on the strip on Montego Bay? It wasn't worth it?

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    I have been curious about this also...not so much as a reason to shorten my stay at Couples to visit Mobay, but more so to save a few $$$ on the arrival/departure dates. With those late arrivals and/or early departures, you are basically paying for a full day of AI for just sleeping overnight.

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    jamaican-junkie....That has always been our feeling too. We pay a fraction of the cost to stay overnight at a wonderful B&B in MoBay (see my earlier post) and go across to Couples very early the next morning and have that entire first day there!

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    I just didn't feel as safe on the strip in Montego Bay as I did at Couples.Many of the hotels along that area are not great. I'm not saying don't do it, I'm just saying the resort is SO much better than Montego Bay. Our friends stayed on the strip one night to save some money and ended up spending more for food and drinks and stuff.

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    Deesweptaway - How do you get to the Couples lounge the next moring? Do you stop by when you get there? Also, do you stay in MB the day you leave as well?

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    We stay at the Ritz Carlton, sometimes with Marriott points and sometimes we pay, depending on the time of year. We always go before as it is a good warm up but it will never compare to Couples vibe. It's a twenty dollar cab ride each way. Go to Scotchies down the road for jerk and Red Stripe to get in island mode.

    To get the Couples shuttle early the next morning you have a cab bring you to the airport exit where the cabs and local vans pick up and ask someone at the door to get a Couples rep come to you as security will normally not let you back in the lounge area if you've been in country more than 24 hrs (depends who is working the door). The Couples rep will come outside with water and Red Stripe (another example of outstanding Couples service!)and arrange for your ride, normally in 15 minutes or less. We've been told no one is manning the lounge before 8:30 so we get to the airport at 8:30 a.m. and have been in a van to Negril by 8:45 and on the beach by 10:00 a.m. Its a nice way to start the week.

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    Thanks for all the info. I think it will depend on what time we can get our flights. I wouldn't mind adding another night on at the resort, but I too hate to pay for an AI when you are really just sleeping there for one night. You really would like to get there at a reasonable time, and at least be able to have breakfast, check out, and maybe just enjoy an hour or two before you have to rush out the day you are leaving. Thanks again for all the helpful info.

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    Sure, sure... we all know that no Mobay hotel will compare to staying at Couples. Trust me, I get that from having stayed at other resorts and even a cruise, but... I am thinking this is a very clever idea if the flight times aren't great.

    When we went to CSA last time we took a charter and had NO choice about flight times. So unfortunately by the time we got to the resort and checked in it was about 10:00 pm. We were starving and had quite a wait at the grill. It wasn't the best start arriving so late and tired and hungry.
    So I know that's a bit extreme (as in SO late), but even this time with regular flights all the way from YVR or SEA we likely won't get there until 11:30am or later (after a nasty overnight flight). By the time we get through customs, get our bags (always seemed to be an ordeal at MBJ), get on a shuttle and to CSS it'll add about 3 hours I figure... which is about 2:30. Half the day will be gone.
    As for leaving, even more time needs to be added... 1.5 - 2 hours to the airport, then to be there the 3 hours before, that's about 5 hours. That seems about right? If I recall, last time our shuttle left about 5 hours before our flight (and it was tight as the airport was a zoo!) So even if I can get us on the latest flight (4:00pm), we still have to leave the resort by about 11:00 am.

    So people have mentioned it's ok getting to the airport first thing in the morning (after your overnight hotel) and getting to the resort nice and early, but what about the other way around?

    How late can you leave the resort on check-out day if you are just going to an overnighter hotel in MBJ?

    I know when our charter left late (like 8:00pm) we checked out of our room and used the lockers at the fitness facilities to store our valuables/carry-on so we could use the resort until our shuttle left at 3:00pm. I couldn't see Couples allowing guests to stay for dinner on check-out day, but being able to hang around all day to use the beach again would be nice. Does anyone know the policy? We haven't booked our flights yet, so it's all food for thought. I want to MAX our time at Couples

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    Keep in mind, that no matter how early you arrive at Couples, check in is at 3:00. You will be allowed to use the pool, beach, get something to eat, etc. but you likely not have a room and will not be able to schedule reservations. So be prepared to change in a bathroom. Check out I believe is 11:00, so again, if you staying later, be prepared to change in the bathroom.
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