Week 2

Trip Start Mar 08, 2010
Trip End Mar 26, 2010

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

We spent our week at Coconuts International, and moved on to the West End or 'the Cliffs' section of Negril.

The beach was nice, but not that nice, as far as staying there. It wasn't where we were staying that was the problem, it's just that the beach really isn't safe at night. So what's the point of staying there, if you can't walk around after dark?

We moved to the SeaStar Inn for the rest of the trip. Actually, we should have just stayed there for the whole trip, but hindsight's 20/20, right?

If anyone is spending any time in Negril, this is the best and only place to stay! I usually don't say things like that, but really, this was the best move we made the whole trip

The disappointment that I felt with dealing with all of the hustlers on the beach for a week was almost making me sorry that we had come here at all. But, after one day at the SeaStar, I felt like there was still hope left for having a nice relaxing vacation. The staff and owners were incredible and collectively made the trip worth while.

We still spent each day at the beach, with the hustlers hustling us- even though you would assume they would be less aggressive now that we had more of a tan, and a familiar face- that was not the case. But we had a nice time anyway, every day, at our favorite bar in front of For Real. Our friends had been staying at the SeaStar for the last 2 months, and went to the beach bar every day at For Real. We pretty much did the same thing.

We heard a disturbing story on the third day: Someone staying at For Real was walking on the beach the night before, back to their room after having dinner a few doors down, and was mugged at knifepoint, right in front of the hotel. Luckily he wasn't hurt- he just gave up his wallet, and that was the end of that. Scary nonetheless.

We figured that we were still safe there the during daylight hours. So each day, the SeaStar shuttle would drop us off at For Real at 11AM and we'd leave around 4PM. That was our day spot for much of our 2 1/2 weeks. We loved lounging there and drinking as many rum punches as they would make us, played dice with the locals and tourists, and really just had a great day, each day. The staff was nice, the drinks were good, and we knew the other people there. It was nice to have a little bar to go to everyday where you knew you could relax, spend your money, and enjoy yourself...

Until the last day...

For whatever reason, on our last day (not the rest of the group's, just ours) when we went to For Real, all of a sudden we were told that we had to pay to use their chairs for the day. Normally, this wouldn't bother me, but after 2 1/2 weeks of spending alot of money at the bar, and tipping the staff generously, I thought this was pretty stupid. Our friends who had been going there every day for the last 2 months, thought it was even more stupid. Understandably so, since they had spent 4 times more money there than we did. Especially since the hotel was almost completely empty- so it wasn't like we were taking away chairs from their guests. 

We were confused at first. We asked if we had one something wrong, offended anyone, or acted disrespectful to anyone in any way. The bar staff said that the resort next door to them charges $20/day for the use of their chairs (not true- we asked), and they were told to charge us. 

We never asked how much they even wanted for the chairs for the day, we just moved- with our group of 15 people- to the beach bar next door. Where the chairs were no charge. And we spent our last day on the beach, and the rest of our money at that bar.

It was a strange, sad, and sour way to finish up the trip. 

Clearly, greed won over the better judgement of the people who worked there. Looking back, it makes sense now why not only that resort, For Real, was empty- but all of the other resorts were empty too. 

Except for the SeaStar Inn- they were completely booked for the next few weeks on the day we checked out.
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