Montego Bay Beach Break Excursion Reviews
This was one of the pricier all inclusives that I recall, but it was very nice. The bus ride to the resort was 5-10 minutes. The resort provided us with towels, so we didn't even use our CCL towels. I know there were multiple pools, but I opted for their large hot tub instead. They had an outdoor restaurant, multiple bars, including a swim-up pool bar, beach area, burger stand, jerk chicken stand. The staff was friendly. There was a 3-person band that we enjoyed listening to & chatting with. I think one of our group got their business card. We wanted to stay longer, so we let the bus go on without us and got a taxi back to the ship. I forget what we each paid (6 of us), but it was minimal & well worth being able to spend an extra hour and a half at the resort.
For those that are interested we have real pictures of what they advertise as the "pristine white sandy beaches" of Chukka Beach! Uh-uh, this was a very sad outing! Chukka is a narrow strip of tan colored sandy beach that barely accommodates a busload of tourists. We had the additional misfortune to be there when enormous drifts of seaweed washed ashore in such quantities that the poor Jamaican worker with his rake and wheelbarrow was completely overwhelmed. This excursion was certainly not worth the 50 minute bus ride from Montego Bay. The small overpriced shore/bar served jerk chicken for lunch, which the bus driver warned was "hot going in, even hotter coming out!". All tourists were stuck on this 100 yard thin stretch of beach with desperate locals hawking their wares at each end of the beach. There was a guard to keep the locals from entering our area and harassing us, but now and then he'd leave and the bravest locals would descend upon us with vigor. As soon as he'd return they'd scatter. We felt trapped and couldn't wait to return to the ship. Not recommended!
We took a cab and went to Doctors Cove beach. Great day in the sun. Cost is 6 dollars to get in per person, 6 dollars for a chair, 6 dollars for an umbrella. Great beach bar service! Very few vendors to bother you.
We were at the Hilton Rose Hall. For Jamaica I would give this a 5+ because I am not that impressed with Jamaica in general. For a resort, I give it a 4 because the beach was dirty and not that inviting. The property was very pretty and we loved the lazy river and swim up bar. Our waiter, Ivan was great too!