Bahamas or Jamaica?

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  1. #1 Aug 12, 2008
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2008
    Which one would you pick for an all-inclusive week and why? We can't decide!

    Thanks in advance!

    ETA: We've been to Jamaica before and absolutely loved it but since we were only there for a week and we got married that same week we feel as though we didn't get to enjoy it as much as we could've since we were so busy with wedding things. Also, we were there with 31 other people. We're looking at the Bahamas because it's cheaper than Jamaica for us, but I'm nervous at how long the flight is.
  2. I've been to both and loved them! But *personally* I would select Jamaica for another week. I would go ape if I was at the same place for a week and really like to take side trips to see other parts of the location. In Jamaica it's a little easier to travel around and see different parts of the island - you can probably book side trips through your hotel.

    The Bahamas are also beautiful but it seems to me that the "all-inclusive" hotels are in Nassau and side trips to other islands don't seem as common/easy. But if you want to stay at one resort and do the pools/beaches, then the Atlantis resort in Nassau is awesome for this!

    Guess it all comes down to what you want to do during your week!

    Have fun!
  3. Thanks for the response!! You pretty much said what I was thinking... :smile:
  4. I've been to Jamaica maybe nine or ten times and Nassau twice (including our honeymoon). All these vacations were many years ago, but honestly, both islands were perfect. I don't which I'd pick if I had the chance to go back to either one.
  5. i've only been to each place once, but my vote goes to jamaica. i didn't really love nassau and had a wonderful time in jamaica.
  6. Im going to Atlantis next week..I have been there before and had alot of fun!!
  7. I believe the Bahamas are safer than Jamaica. But if you stay on the grounds of your resort, Jamaica should be ok.

  8. I've been to Jamaica dozens of times, the crime rate is high, so IMO you just have to be smart about the places you go and the folks you associate with. Cities like Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Port Antonio, etc really are rather tourist-oriented and have quite a police presence, so I don't think that you have to or should limit yourself to just your resort. Either way have FUN!
  9. Jamaica is absolutely gorgeous. The mountains and the sea are to die for. Take a trip to YS falls if you go to Jamaica, I loved it.

    I had fun in the Bahamas about 6 years ago when I graduated college. Me and my girls hung out with the locals alot and got to do tons of stuff for free. But I'd definitely pick Jamaica again for the scenery and beauty of the country.
  10. I haven't been to the Bahamas but just got back from Jamaica on Monday. We did take the little trip to the straw market in Ocho Rios, Dunn's River Falls, and some people went to a little lobster shack in town, too. We were all fine (but of course these were all daytime, tourist things). ;) I loved Jamaica but I'd probably go to the Bahamas. ;)
  11. Def the Bahamas.
  12. Negril is awesome if you are considering Jamaica. The sandals resort is great.
  13. My family and I were in Grand Bahama Island, Sept 2006 (Sorry the hotel is not AI) I was 7 mos pregnant at that time with my second baby. It was our bonding time with our First child, she was 1 yr and 5 mos at that time. We stayed at Westin Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort. We didn't do much sightseeing as all I wanted to do was relax and eat ofcourse. Though you can "island hop" and it's just a boat trip away.. I highly suggest this hotel as it's close to everywhere, across the hotel are small shops, souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and they even have live bands at night. The restaurants there have a better price than that of the hotel and you can taste the local cuisine compared to the hotles much pricey and "americanized" local food. You can also find places that sells sightseeing tours, scuba trips or island hoping trips, for obvious reasons we didn't do any of those..;) I also suggest that if you're drinking, do not order any at the hotel as they charge absurd taxes and liquor taxes. You can order your liquor pretty much anywhere, there's even a small stand that sells mixed drinks for much much cheaper.

    There's also duty free shops, liquor and cigar shops and best of all a casino within walking distance of the hotel, the casino is in between Westin and it's sister hotel Sheraton, you can use both hotels pools and other amenities. I believe the casino is part of Sheraton. Also since both hotels are right next to each other, they have the longest private beach around the area (I think)

    There's also this "shack" at the end of the Sheraton's part of the beach, called "joe's shack" (I think, blame the epidural for not remembering) though the "shack" is not part or affiliated by both resorts, they have the best grilled red snapper in town (sorry I don't know what they really call it). We've tried it there and some other restaurants and they have the best by far and the best price too... You must try the red snapper, conch salad and conch fritters (the hotels conch fritters are good too, but expensive) are the best... You won't miss it, it's the only shack at the end of the sheraton..

    here are both westin's and sheraton's website:

    hopefully this detailed information will help you and hope you'll have the greatest vacay... PM me or email me if you have any question...hopefully I can remember more for you... :flowers:
  14. I remember the conch fritters too in the Bahamas! Boy, were they delicious!:tup:
  15. I have been to both and definitely preferred Bahamas. I felt that the water was nicer there and the environment was alot calmer. When I went to Jamaica, everybody was warning us about not leaving the resort at night or getting into the wrong cabs. I think that just spooked us in general while Bahamas was alot safer.