We’re pushing things right up until the very end with the passports. Everyone but Elise has their passports and we’re becoming concerned there will be delays with hers that force us to travel without it. She meets the necessary requirements to travel with a copy of the passport application and a drivers license but I’m worried what hassles we’ll have returning with those documents afterwards. They claim we can return with no trouble but what concerns me is her being denied a passport for some reason and them questioning her eligibility to return at all. She was born in America but as I have mentioned here before here birth certificate was filed for late and has been stamped “Delayed” and this has become a serious issue in establishing her birth here.
I’ve found others that may face the same travel arrangements as us but not anyone who has actually made the trip yet. I also don’t know of anyone else having the same problems with the delayed birth records. Is anyone else going to be traveling abroad or to the Caribbean and Jamaica on the new passport regulations with a passport application receipt and photo id instead of a passport?
I’ve been searching more and more for ideas and I definitely think I’ll find better deals on nice places. I considered various all inclusive places for a portion of this trip just to let the family relax in a nice place but reading some of the opinions on the web about this has changed my mind. It’s obvious to me that many of these resorts are pretty expensive for services we don’t need or want and mot of them are out of touch with the real Jamaica that we hope to see. This guy got married and had a good time, this guy went to a convention and this guy below enjoyed himself but many others did not.
When we were looking into resorts and all-inclusives in the Caribbean last summer, we discovered a nice place in Ocho Rios, Jamaica that offered very decent rates. So basically, for the amount that we would’ve paid for a basic room in the Bahamas got us a fairly high-end room in Jamaica. So we decided to opt with Jamaica because we’d get more luxury for the buck. Boy were we in for a surprise. We thought we were getting a private type affair, with less people per pool, and a great view and location on the premises. Being an all-inclusive, food and tips were included. Drinks were also included. So at any bar, any restaurant at any time of day, you can get your favourite drink.
We have had reservations at HeartbeatJamaica for some time now and I was starting to think we would not find a good deal online but today we scored a great rate on some popular rooms in the Negril Cliffs. If all goes as planned we’ll be staying at The LTU for much of August and possibly September also. I know I had plans to travel all over the island and we may well still but securing accommodations seemed the best thing and if I happen to find a better deal or change my mind then I can do so then. For now I wanted to know we have accommodations for our entire trip and it looks like LTU Villas is for us. Summer travel is apparently very slow this year and the rates we’re finding from some places is super affordable. I’ll let you deal with them direct but I can say that I got a room for less then the cost of my mortgage payment and if it were available year round I would just move right in.
You might think thats a good thing but it might not be. When times are tough in Jamaica people g3et tougher and tourists like us will need to remain alert and on their toes. Discussions on some top Jamaica forums such as Jamaicans.com or the Negril message boards at Negril.com show that some vendors and even established businesses on the beach are taking advantage of those travelers that are making it by charging higher than usual prices or even overcharging and in some cases outright lying to customers to gouge them for an extra buck or two. It’s a shame that people are put in a position to do such things and in the end cost themselves some future business and a little self respect.
I’ve dealt with Jamaicans after some hard times before and my first trip was a nightmare because of it. I visited just a few short months after 911 and things were bad. We had a 100 guys try to rip us off every step of the way and it was pretty bad. I ended up loving the trip but was saddened at how the people were forced to treat me. I remember from that trip that things in Negril always seemed different and I’m hoping that it will be the same for us again. I know I’ll get ripped once or twice but I think this time around I’m ready for them.Tags: drivers license, food, heartbeat, Jamaica, Jamaica Accomodations, Jamaica Travel, jamaicans, Moving to Jamaica, negril, Ocho Rios, re, resorts, rooms, summer, travel