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We arrived to a stinking hot and humid day in Montego Bay wearing our gear from a freezing cold Dallas morning. Waiting in the customs line at the airport we got the low down on how to survive in Jamaica from this nice guy in line behind us. After getting through customs (and buying 2 cold Red Stripe beers for $6.50 each!) we arranged for our …
... the bar open, it is nice though, right on the ocean, so it makes for a nice view while in the club. They tried to charge me 30$ USD to get in and drink free, but there was no way I was paying that when I knew locals were paying 10. So I told the girl at the door I wasn't paying that, she said 20, I still said no, I told her I would give her 10. She quickly agreed, slapped the band on my arm and on my way I went. You have to be firm when in Jamaica, they will know when you know ...
... set... Which they never get! They learned how to measure angles through hands on learning. I just wish they were getting more of this, but unfortunately with the materials and resources that they do have, this is extremely hard. They had a photo copier, but all the teachers were not allowed to use it, only on special occasions, because if the toner ran out who knows when the copier would be up and running again. Things like this were hard for me to see. On ...
Honey, we're home! Time to ring in the New Year at our favorite spot, Couples Swept Away in beautiful Negril, Jamaica. This time, we did commit on exploring more Jamaican culture and doing more activities, and did learn a little more about their culture . However, most of our days where spent laying on the gorgeous 7 Mile Beach. Ya ...
... and there's really not much more I can say. We had an amazing time from just laying out on the beach, to horseback riding, and partying with the ever so aggressive but still so hospitable locals. Truly an exceptional time with some of the most beautiful people on the planet.
These pics do the trip no justice but I hope you enjoy them none the less. And if you've never been to Jamaica you should work on changing that.
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Just returned from a 10 days at this resort and we could not be happier with our trip. For those looking for the non-programmed, non-corporate no stress spot this is it!
It's hard to believe we've already come and gone from Catcha Falling Star, after planning for 6 months. What a wonderful time we experienced! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and can't stay enough good things about the facilities and the wonderful folks who work there. We discovered Catcha Falling Star via trip advisor, and after going we can say it was far beyond our expectations, and we look forward to returning in April. The Libra Cottage was perfect for us (1 bedroom, free standing cottage), and we made great use of the hammock on the front porch. Absolutely loved the romantic mosquito netting over the bed, but we certainly didn't need it for mosquitoes! Every morning we looked forward to greeting Az who was so gracious to take our breakfast order and serve us on the cottage porch while we were waking up and soaking in the view. A community coffee pot allows you to serve yourself at your own leisure, and there is no set time for ordering breakfast, which is great for sleeping in! On our last morning, we finally tried the Ackee and Salt fish, and it was absolutely fabulous! We should have given it a try earlier in the week! You can also purchase food to cook yourself in the community kitchen, or make arrangements for them to do the cooking for you. (We will try this next time). The gardens at Catcha are beautiful. Bull, the tall, thin Rasta gardener, takes such painstaking care of the grounds that we can't wait to see his results in another six months! It already looks like paradise, and with his skill, we know he'll make it heavenly! He is a Gentle Ben of flora and fauna, watering every morning and protecting potted blooms from high winds. He is still landscaping from Hurricane Ivan's wrath in Sept. 2004. When a quick storm blew in from the ocean, he was immediately on the scene, protecting his blooms from the 40 mph winds that arose from out of the blue. Property Manager Susan is a fabulous host. She gave us a tour of the construction on the six-unit hotel suites now being built adjacent to the property. The suites - 1 and 2 bedroom with full kitchens and balcony - will provide perfect accommodations when we visit with friends next fall. The view from the second story units (along with the AC!) will be just the ticket for a "family" excursion. Catcha is located within walking distance of Rick's, The LTU Pub, and local roadside shop keepers including Helen, who sells beautiful beach wraps and wood carvings; Mr. Fix-It, who markets gorgeous polished shells from a card table set up along the roadside (great prices on triton trumpets, conch shells and other ocean exotics); delectable jerk chicken permeates the air when Rose fires up her grill daily ($10/plate w/rice and beans); and Patrick's homemade reggae CDs (prices negotiable); all are fabulous finds that will put you in a Negril state of mind. The nearby grocery also is perfect for cold Red Stripe and other refreshing libations, the biggest and best tasting avocados we've ever eaten, and a pretty good selection of cheeses (for such a small store) - smoked gouda and cheddar from New Zealand. We never even entered Rick's - just sat on the front porch of the Libra Cottage, enjoyed the live music that overflowed with the breeze, while drinking $2 Red Stripe as the sun set on the lighthouse. Who wants to rub elbows with busloads of tourists and pay $5 a beer when you can do it from your own front porch? Catcha is also only a $5 cab ride from 3 Dives where you can enjoy fresh Caribbean lobster tails (4 tails per plate) grilled, steamed, curried or jerked (about $22US). All delicious, and served with a huge plate of calaloo and rice & beans. Cab driver Tony hangs out on the corner by the grocery, and will gladly negotiate a ride there or into town if you need one. The cliffs at Catcha are friendly and inviting. Our "boys" (23 & 28 yrs) jumped several times into the 30+ feet crystal clear blue waters without mishap...and the snorkeling was super fine! Sting rays, lobsters, spiny sea urchins, wrasse, yellow tangs. Be sure and take a blow up float with you so you can enjoy rocking in the waves in the cove on calm mornings. And while you are at Catcha, don't miss out on the companionship of Ben Dog and Teddy Cat. Both are very affectionate and love to be petted. Our front porch became their stomping grounds on several visits daily. No matter the hour, day or night, we walked around this end of Negril without any problems, even joining a neighborhood street party for a few minutes on our way back from dinner at LTU (which, by the way, is a fabulous place to eat Jerked chicken, red snapper and German schnitzel! Really!) Our only discomfort the entire stay was one night with no breeze and we could have used an AC - But no problem, mon. Susan has promised she will install one before we return! Now, you can't beat that for serving the customer!
My husband and I stayed at Catcha for a few nights in September before moving to the beach. He has never really liked the cliffs very much until now. We loved this special place. We stayed in Sagittarius. It had a beautiful view with several decks. There were sunning areas, a hammock, 2 tables and chairs. We sat out there in the evenings listening to the music from Rick's. The room itself was a very large cottage. It had wooden floors and high ceilings. There was a queen size bed, microwave, refrigerator, table, TV, Cd player, and an amoire. The bathroom was a good size with a huge walk in shower. If you opened the shutters from the shower you had an ocean view. The wonderful housekeepers served us a very nice breakfast on our patio. We could also use the kitchen if we needed to.
When I walked onto the property and Andrea and Susan (Managers) greeted me with open arms and smiles across their face, even if the property did not live up to what I had come to expect, I would have loved it just the same. To my total delight, the property surpassed my wildest expectations and I will return year after year. The only drawback is that I fell in love with Sagit Cottage and there is only one!
Wonderful hotel. We only stayed there a couple of nights but visited friends daily during the week and a half we were in Negril. The staff were easily the best out of the 4 hotels we stayed at in Jamaica. Loved the fact that you had breakfast included! Sounds stupid, but in Jamaica it takes a long time to get food, anywhere, and having a hot breakfast waiting for us when we woke up made all the difference.
Spent the days snorkeling, cliff diving, and laying out on air mats. It was a lot more laid back than the beach hotels and didn't have people hassling you to buy stuff. Also right across from a convenient store.
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We've been to Negril about 15 times and had never stopped by Catcha Falling Star, we wound up there this time on the recommendation of two friends that had recently stayed.
I can recommend Catcha to anyone looking for a quiet, low-key, slightly rustic get away. I think that it is a good value for what you pay for. This is a property on the Cliffs part of Negril that consists of several bungalows ranged around a private swimming cove. Andrea, the manager, was a welcoming and helpful front-office presence. The grounds were beautiful, well maintained, secure, and usually quiet. There is a security guard there 24-7, and a dog to bark at any nighttime intruders. The (cute) dog did bark at nothing in the middle of the night a few times, but I felt more secure having him around.
Last Thanks Giving we spent part of our trip to Jamaica in a wonderful private resort called Catcha Falling Star.
Spent a long weekend at this resort which just reopened following Hurricane Ivan. It now has only 4 cottages: 2 are 1bedroom and 2 are 2 bedrooms. The other cottages were lost in the hurricane.
The grounds are gated and secure. They are located right on the cliffs with fabulous views of the Negril Lighthouse and sunsets. All 4 cottages have great views. The cottages are very clean, good beds, a livingroom area and fridge/microwave. There is a full kitchen on the grounds which you can use and breakfast is included, cooked to order and served on your veranda.
This was a trip of all women, some of whom had never been to Jamaica before. Everyone can't wait to go back.