Recently BTK had a great experience in testing the waters for you and hitting up Jamaica for a bachelorette party, these are some of our tips on how to make it the perfect vacation! And don’t forget to try the Jerk Chicken, it’s a must to get a real taste of the island.
Do: Pack lots of sunscreen, as someone of European descent I have learned firsthand how harsh the Caribbean sun can be, trust me, my sun burns and peeling are the realest testament to this. Plus they charge $25 for it in the hotel, and it may be even more painful than the burn to pay those prices!
Don’t: Forget to set up transfers ahead of time, when you land in Montego Bay there are many people trying to fight for your attention and cab service. They may overcharge you, or try to rip you off so be careful. (BTK can totally set this up for you)
Do: Stay in an all-inclusive hotel while you are visiting, the bill can definitely add up when you are doing nothing but drinking, eating, and bumming it out on the beach. This is the best way to make sure you stay within your budget, if you are traveling on one!
Don’t: Wander around the city without knowing where you are going, while Montego Bay is a pretty touristy area you don’t want to end up in the wrong part of town. Speak to your agent or concierge to figure out what the ideal place is for you to visit.
Do: Send your bachelor/bachelorette gear to the hotel ahead of time. We spoke to the concierge and many hotels are more than willing to help decorate the room ahead of time so when you arrive you are already in the spirit!
Don’t: Expect premium liquor if you are staying in an all-inclusive though, the best brands they had at our hotel were Skyy vodka, and Smirnoff (unless you pay extra for the premium drinks). As a result of this, pace yourself, and drink lots and lots of water. The hot sun + shitty alcohol can be headache inducing.
Do: Try to spend more time than just a weekend there. While it is great for people on the east coast to pop in for a quick weekend getaway, this is so not the case for everyone, and even as Miami natives we were so sad to leave after what felt like the fastest weekend of our lives. Try to take advantage of your travel days and make the most of your weekend.
Don’t: Come empty handed. Being in the Caribbean, the weather is incredibly bipolar, one second will be the hottest sun you have ever felt and within 30 seconds you can be stuck in wind and rain so have a backup plan. Our suggestion would be to bring some card games that can easily be made into drinking games, for example; Cards Against Humanity, Taboo, Bachelorette games, etc. It will distract you from the weather and give you the ultimate bonding experience! (at least it did for us)
Do: Make sure you have an incredible time, and take lots of pictures because the view of the beach on one side and mountains on the other is to die for! It is something spectacular, and impossible to get sick of.