When Is the Best Time to Book an All-inclusive Vacation to Jamaica?

Everybody wants to save money. That’s especially true when taking a vacation. That extra cash can be used to enjoy your time away from home. In view of that, what is the best time to book an all-inclusive vacation to Jamaica to make your money stretch? 

The best time to book an all-inclusive vacation to Jamaica depends on how flexible you are with your dates: 

  • Book last minute if your dates are flexible 
  • Book early if your travel dates are fixed. You’ll be able to make adjustments if prices drop later 
  • Book early if you have a specific resort you would like to stay at to avoid the resort being sold out 
  • Do not fly in July or August. Airfare in the summer is extremely expensive 
  • February is the cheapest month to fly to get the best price on airfare 
  • Resort prices are usually cheaper in the fall because the summer rush is over 

You’ll want to make sure you can enjoy your time on your all-inclusive vacation to Jamaica. To help you, here are a few questions we will be answering in this article: 

  • What good Jamaican restaurants are in Montego Bay? 
  • What popular resorts are in Montego Bay, Jamaica? 
  • What are the top all-inclusive resorts in Negril, Jamaica? 

What Good Jamaican Restaurants are in Montego Bay? 

Because you’ll be staying at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, all your meals can be enjoyed at your resort without the need to go off-premise. While you’re on vacation, likely you will go on an excursion or tour the area. And since you’re in Jamaica, there’s no sense in not enjoying authentic Jamaican food. 

We’ve come up with a list that is by no mean exhaustive of places we think you’ll want to try before leaving Montego Bay. 

Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records 

Since you’ll be in Jamaica, you have to stop in at the restaurant owned by the fast man alive. Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records promises to give you that ‘taste of home’ Jamaican flavor that the world has come to adore. There are traditional dishes like The Jerk Platter that comes complete with jerk pork, jerk chicken, hardo bread, fried plantain, festival and coleslaw.  

If you have a taste for seafood, try the Curried Seafood. It’s a crockpot dish containing shrimp, scallops and fish in an island curry with white rice, tostones, mango chutney and a side salad. And to get you warmed up for the Curried Seafood, order the Swims Galore appetizer. It’s 12 pieces of shrimp prepared three different ways: jerk grilled shrimp, pepper shrimp, coconut & cassava crusted shrimp with pineapple ginger sweet & sour sauce. After you’ve tried it, come back here and tell us what you think. 

Marguerites  

Marguerites is where you want to go for that special occasion – to celebrate a promotion or an anniversary. And it’s the perfect place for a wedding proposal. Soak in the sunset overlooking the seaside while you wait for your Goat Cheese Salad with bacon, chevre and mango vinaigrette while your dining partner orders their Char-grilled Long Cay Calamari complete with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, citrus and Caribbean salsa for starters. 

By the time your Pan Scallops entrée arrives prepared with bacon, wine herb cream, tomato salad and garlic potatoes, your guest may be salivating over their Treasure Cay Seafood entrée. With Caribbean seafood, coconut lime cream and penne pasta, how could you go wrong? 

We do highly suggest you make reservations. Marguerites has been around since 1956. So don’t be surprised if you see actors and entertainers from around the world sitting right next to you. 

Pier 1 

Pier 1 is an “open-air restaurant, bar and unique entertainment centre” that’s not as formal as Marguerites but still allows you to dress up and enjoy a night on the town. You overlook the bay while you enjoy the music and nightlife only found in Jamaica.  

The menu has reasonable prices for the unique and delicious items. How about this? Start with Queen Conch Cakes, Saltfish Fritters, and Crispy Calamari Rings. And you’ve got to order the Seafood Chowder. Because it’s not your average seafood chowder. It’s filled with chunks of lobster, conch, shrimp, mussels, fish, clams and calamari. With all that seafood, you might not have room for the entrée. 

Speaking of entrees, there is so much selection, you might have a hard time decidingPier 1 has everything from braised oxtail, seafood megapot (“mega” because it has lobster, crab legs, shrimp, mussels, clams, potatoes & corn on the cob), specialty burgers, sandwiches and wraps with a Jamaican twist, and seafood galore: curry shrimp, blackened salmon filet, citrus grilled lobster tail, Chef Bullings “Drunken Fish” or my favorite, Seafood Pasta (chunks of juicy lobster, shrimp, calamari, mussels & clams tossed in a white cream sauce & served over penne pasta with warm garlic toast & salad). 

Pier 1 another establishment you’ll want to make reservations for. As you can probably tell, it’s a very popular spot. 

Smokeez by the Sea 

Sometimes on your vacation in Montego Bay, you’ll just want to relax and enjoy some authentic Jamaican food in your flip-flops. That’s when you go to Smokeez by the Sea

Here, you’re going to enjoy authentic Jamaican food. It’s open for lunch and dinner. So there will be plenty of time to sit back and relax. You can get your conch grilled, curried or foil roasted. If you like fish, that can be prepared steamed, fried or foil roasted. And since you’re in Jamaica, you’ve got to get grilled lobster. And of course, there’s jerk chicken and pork ribs. 

What Popular Resorts Are in Montego Bay, Jamaica? 

Now that you’ve decided to take an all-inclusive vacation in Jamaica, the question is, where to stay? In this section, we’ll give you some of the popular resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

Lobby staircase Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Jamaica

Iberostar Grand Rose Hall 

Make a reservation

Resort Features 

  • Free breakfast 
  • Free internet 
  • Beach 
  • Airport Transportation 
  • Casino 
  • Adult Pool 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Sauna 

Room Features 

  • Air conditioning 
  • Private beach 
  • Private balcony 
  • Room service 
  • On-demand movies 
Guest room with private balcony Secrets St James Montego Bay Jamaica

Secrets St. James Montego Bay 

Make a Reservation

Resort Features 

  • Free breakfast 
  • Free internet 
  • Beach 
  • Airport transportation 
  • Casino 
  • Adult pool 
  • Heated pool 
  • Private pool 
  • Spa 

Room Features 

  • Air conditioning 
  • Private beach 
  • Private balcony 
  • Room service 
  • Flatscreen TV 
Private balcony overlooking ocean Sandals Montego Bay Jamaica

Sandals Montego Bay 

Make a Reservation

Resort Features 

  • Free breakfast 
  • Free internet 
  • Beach 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • Swimup bar 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Adult pool  
  • Karaoke 

Room Features 

  • Private beach 
  • Private balcony 
  • Flatscreen TV 
Private balcony Sunscape Splash Montego Bay Jamaica

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay 

Make a Reservation

Resort Features 

  • Free breakfast 
  • Free internet 
  • Beach 
  • Babysitting 
  • Boating 
  • Lazy river 
  • Adult pool 
  • Spa 
  • Walking tours 

Room Features 

  • Air conditioning 
  • Private beach 
  • Private balcony 
  • Flatscreen TV 
Private balcony overlooking ocean Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa

Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa 

Make a Reservation

Resort Features 

  • Free breakfast 
  • Free internet 
  • Beach 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • Free shuttle or taxi service 
  • Pool 
  • Swimup bar 
  • Nightclub/DJ 
  • Spa 

Room Features 

  • Air conditioning  
  • Private beach 
  • Private balcony 
  • Room service  
  • Flatscreen TV 

What are the top all-inclusive resorts in Negril, Jamaica? 

If Montego Bay isn’t where you’d like to stay, Negril, Jamaica would be a good alternative. This is our list of the top all-inclusive resorts in Negril, Jamaica.  

Restaurant in the Hotel Riu Negril

Hotel Riu Negril 

Make a Reservation

Resort Features 

  • Breakfast buffet 
  • Free internet 
  • Beach 
  • Childrens activities 
  • Snorkeling 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Karaoke 
  • Spa 

Room Features 

  • Air conditioning 
  • Private balcony 
  • Flatscreen TV 
Infinity pool at the Royalton Negril

Royalton Negril 

Make a Reservation

Resort Features 

  • Free internet 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Beach 
  • Babysitting 
  • Snorkeling 
  • Adult pool 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Fitness center with gym/workout room 

Room Features 

  • Air conditioning 
  • Private beach 
  • Private balcony 
  • Room service 
  • Flatscreen TV 
Guest room with private balcony overlooking ocean Grand Lido Negril Au Naturel Jamaica

Grand Lido Negril Au Naturel All-Suite-Resort 

Make a Reservation

Resort Features 

  • Free breakfast 
  • Free internet 
  • Beach 
  • Children Activities 
  • Adult pool 
  • Canoeing 
  • Snorkeling 
  • Nightclub/DJ 

Room Features 

  • Air conditioning 
  • Private beach 
  • Private balcony 
  • Room service 
Guest room Jewel Paradise Cover Resort & Spa

Jewel Paradise Cove Resort & Spa 

Make a Reservation

Resort Features 

  • Free breakfast 
  • Free internet 
  • Beach 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • Tennis court 
  • Adult pool 
  • Swimup bar 
  • Karaoke 
  • Bar/lounge 

Room Features 

  • Air conditioning 
  • Private beach 
  • Private balcony 
  • Room service 
  • Flatscreen TV 
Private balcony Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa Jamaica

Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa 

Make a Reservation

Resort Features 

  • Free breakfast 
  • Free internet 
  • Beach 
  • Babysitting 
  • Casino 
  • Adult pool 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Nightclub/DJ 

Room Features 

  • Air conditioning 
  • Private beach 
  • Private balcony 
  • Room service 
  • Flatscreen TV 

The Best Time to Book an All-inclusive Vacation to Jamaica Can Be Now 

If you’re ready to jump into everything that we’ve talked about, you can click on any of the pictures of the resorts above. Or you can use the resort finder below. 

After you’ve come back from your all-inclusive vacation to Jamaica, check back here and let the community know what you thought about the places we recommended. We’d love to hear from you. If you’ve already been to these places, leave a comment to help your fellow readers get an idea of what they can expect to enjoy. 

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