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Trip Guide to an Affordable Jamaica Resort

Martin Morrell Poolside at Maroma Resort & Spa.

Photo: Martin Morrell

Everyone’s favorite affordable (and no-fuss) Jamaican resort, the Rockhouse, has upped the ante by adding eight villas, which make it possible to sleep in style—and stay on a budget. But be sure to cut yourself loose from the comforts of your waterfront nest: exploring the island is easier than ever, thanks to a new road linking Montego Bay to the bohemian party town of Negril. Read the article

Inspired by: The (Mini) Vacation — by Malia Boyd, Published Oct. 2006

Hotels (2)

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    Tensing Pen Resort

    Tensing Pen is one of those rare island hideaways that has made the successful transition from 1974 hippie hangout to rustic-chic boutique hotel. W

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    Rockhouse Hotel

    This ultrahip hangout takes its name from its cluster of thatched-roof bungalows built atop rock cliffs that jut just above an aquamarine cove. Mos

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Restaurants (4)

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    Pushcart Restaurant & Rumbar

    Order a Red Stripe by the pool from affable barmen Adrian and John, followed by curry goat or jerk pork. Try the Cartini cocktail, with rum, mint,

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    Lobster Trap

    This bamboo-walled hut beckons travelers with its oceanside setting: rickety woven chairs overlook colorful boats and yards of netting. Crack open

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    Alfred's Ocean Palace

    Popular with the locals, Alfred’s Ocean Palace is a casual restaurant, entertainment venue, and hotel situated on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach.

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    Rockhouse Restaurant

    Located in the West End of Negril, the Rockhouse Restaurant features the creative Jamaican cuisine of chef Kevin Broderick. The deck, lit by tiki t

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Activities (2)

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    Rick's Café

    The Scene: Grab your camera before heading to this scenic beach bar. Not only is Rick's Café known as one of the best places to watch a sunset in t

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    Royal Palm Reserve

    The property buzzes with more than 300 types of birds, butterflies, and reptiles.

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    Negril, Baie de St. Jean, Gustavia, Baie des Flamands, Anse de Grand Salines

    Though it's just a 10-minute flight from touristy St. Martin, the ultra-exclusive celebrity hangout of St. Bart's manages to keep the masses away.

  • Affordable Curaçao

    Bermuda, Negril, Vieques, Willemstad, Westpunt

    Powdery beaches, a harbor surrounded by candy-colored 18th-century buildings, and cultural vestiges from three centuries of Dutch rule make Curaçao a vibrant budget vacation spot.

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    St. James, St. George's, Montego Bay, Oracabessa, Providenciales

    When you want the perfect view, the best golf course, the gaggle of nannies to take care of the kids, and luxurious touches everywhere you look, including plasma tv's, plunge pools and indoor/outdo

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