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CocoLaPalm Resort
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Reviewed 25 April 2011

When most people go to Jamaica, they go all-inclusive. My friend and I went end of last summer and wanted to do a non-all inclusive because we wanted to eat with the locals.
Check in was fast, no problems. The room was fairly spacious, the bathrooms were clean. Friends of mine were also staying at the junior suite right above our room (not planned this way, but it happened).
Our room was nice enough and we discussed upgrading it to the suite for the last 2 days. The fee was a reasonable $30. In the end, we enjoyed our room (and were already wayyyy too unpacked ) and chose not to upgrade.
The beach is gorgeous, there is a beautiful tree that makes for some great pics especially as the sun goes down. Plenty of chairs. Lots of good things to say about Coco. The staff are fantastic. Never one problem. we prob ordered room service every morning. Their toast, the bread, fruit, and ackee(quite good actually)
We got vouchers for complimentary breakfast. but it gets tricky. first day when we added on something, we were charged 8$.
We never went to the pool.
Marleys i think it was called, was clean and nice to eat at. there are cats as others have said but its really not bad and they are not crawling all over you.
There is security at night and they do their job. They keep the locals trying to sell you stuff to a minimum esp if they see you are not enjoying it. we were able to go on the beach every night and i felt comfortable taking a dip because the security was there (usually between 11pm to 4 am).
Ok so a few key points...
The sun sets at 6pm. no matter what time of the year you go, always around 6.
make your plans, especially dinner plans accordingly. i found myself (a very late eater) having dinner quite early to enjoy the gorgeous sunsets.
if i went again, i would change all my money to jamaican dollars, they love the fact that they can make a few more cents off the dollar and a lot of people are not good at the conversion on the spot. So, i stayed at the beach and went to the cliffs a few times for dinner and took taxis there and to other places. That's my biggest complaint, that we ended up spending lots of money on cabs. they try to charge you 20 US$ to get to the cliff... dont fall for it. there are a million taxis around. Bargain with them. i would say 600 -800 jamaican dollars. i cant tell you what that translates to, i really dont know exactly but its around $7-$9. And they wait for you. Do NOT pay them first or even half if you are doing a roundtrip. In jamaica, everyone gets paid AFTER they complete their deed. even your transportation to activites (ie...private driver) We used Clives transportation, others sounded great as well but we enjoyed Clives, enjoyed our driver. We only used them for airport trips ($140 for 2 people)
Weed is everywhere. Staff at restaurants want to roll one for you. if you are not interested a firm no thank you usually suffices. On the beach there is the patty man. His patties are the best i had in jamaica and he's the one with special brownies. only came around twice.
Crabs everywhere. Large and small. One huge one by our door. The roadkill here is crabs and the sound is pretty...intense
Cliffs are awesome, the beach is awesome. You gotta do both. There's no sense in going all the way to jamaica and not seeing both parts. Ivan's on the cliffs were great. The conch salad was great. our friends went twice and it was the best food experience they had. Rockhouse and Xtabi were both very good. Unbelievable sights. you are eating right on the cliffs, the waves are literally crashing under you. Beautiful landscape.
The Beach was great too. Chicken Lavish, Sweet Spice, Best in the West. Best in the west is across from Coco and very good...but expensive, like almost NYC prices..but very good
Alfreds was great, music right on the beach, live performances, lots of space.Jungle on Thursdays was very good too.
Overall, Coco was a great place to stay. It truly heightened my experience there. The gardens were well kept.
One last thing, it is HOT. I mean like..after 20 min in the sun, my lungs hurt. Hotter than any place ive been to.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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7  Thank Purplehaze925
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Reviewed 23 April 2011

The year before my wife and I stayed at an all inclusive in Jamaica. This year we wanted to be a little more adventurous and stay at a small hotel along the 7 mile beach. We did not regret it nor did our friends. When we travel we look for a place that is safe, clean, affordable and comfortable. CocoLaPalm more than met our needs. The security was excellent, the beach was beautiful, the staff were very friendly. The rooms were modest but very clean and in good shape. By 10 pm the resort gets quiet.We got a great deal booking our flights and rooms separately. The hotel restaurant was good but there also many other options close by at reasonable prices.The vendors along the beach can be annoying but you get used of them and a friendly no works pretty good. Overall I highly recommend CocoLaPalm.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, upgrade to Jr. Suite
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank EskasoniTourist
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Reviewed 22 April 2011

Just returned from a fabulous 4-night stay at Coco La Palm! Everything previous reviewers have said about the great staff, beautiful grounds and property is correct. This hotel truly is on the best part of 7 mile beach. The security guards, Neil and Bernie, did a great job of keeping the hawkers at bay. If you are interested in whatever is being sold (snorkeling, parasailing, food, etc.) it is no problem, but if you don’t want anything, a simple “No thanks” is all you need to say and the guards make sure they move on. Don’t miss the patty man on his bike – the shrimp patties were our favorite! We went snorkeling with Captain Kirk; his boat is right there and he will take you out to the reef for a couple of hours. Make sure to negotiate a price first and don’t hesitate to ask the security guards if you want their input on prices for any excursion. Captain Kirk’s boat isn’t anything fancy, and the snorkeling gear wasn’t great, but we had a fun few hours on the water and saw some cool fish.

The four of us had a second floor two-bedroom suite that had a small living area with a full-size refrigerator & microwave. The bedrooms were on opposite sides of the living room with separate entrances from the outside. We got the suite thinking that we would use the living area but never did because there were tables outside on the balcony where we would hang out. Only time we ever went into the kitchen area was to use the fridge. Next time we will just get separate rooms so we can be in the newer section of the hotel. Our rooms were fine; nothing fancy but the air conditioners worked well and the showers had good pressure with hot water. When you check in, you have the option of paying a cash deposit for the safe key & TV remote ($25 each). We got both but never even turned on the TV (who wants TV when the beach is right there?!). No problems getting the deposit back upon check out. You are given towel cards to exchange for your beach towels each day. Make sure you have them at check out to avoid any possible penalties. We had ours so I don’t know what they would do if you didn’t turn one in. Steve is the lifeguard and took care of us each day with our lounge chairs, tables and towels. (If you want a table for the beach, they are located in the towel hut and you just have to ask for them!)

For meals, we ate our breakfasts at the hotel and used our vouchers toward the cost. I highly recommend the banana pancakes and the scrambled eggs with ham & coconut! As others have said, the wait for meals is SO long – even when you order right away. I don’t know why it takes so long just to get a cup of coffee, but it does so just be prepared! Lunches were sometimes patties on the beach or we went across the street to Best of the West. Great food over there! We tried Chill Awhile, the restaurant next door, at the recommendation of a couple of people. Sorry to say, but we were all highly disappointed in our meals. Service was even slower than Coco and they weren’t busy at all. I got the jerk chicken and it was really just a barbecued chicken with sauce. Not what I was expecting at all. Expensive and bland meal, which is too bad because the place is nice and has a great atmosphere. For dinner one night, we went to Ivan’s Restaurant on the cliffs. It is on Catcha Falling Star’s property and we loved it! We made reservations but probably didn’t need to. The place filled up after sunset, but we got there in time to have a drink & watch the sunset. Food was great and I highly recommend it. Also enjoyed meals at Country Country and Kuyoba. Kuyoba was probably the best dinner place for all four of us loving our meals. Would definitely go back to all three of them.

We brought a collapsible cooler with us to take out on the beach with our drinks for the day. We stopped at a store on the way from the airport to pick up Red Stripe for our room. If we ran out or wanted something different, we always went to the For Real bar next door. Can’t beat $150J Red Stripes! Maureen, the bartender, was there every day and she was great. Sometimes we went by just to see her & hang out. :)

A note about the hawkers along the beach: If someone asks you to buy something or take an excursion and you aren’t interested, don’t tell them to come back another time if you don’t mean it! They WILL remember, and they WILL come back and say, “You told me to come back”. Just be honest and polite from the start. Definitely don’t promise you will do something later if you have no intention of it. Remember, these people are trying to make a living, and while it may seem annoying to you that they go up and down the beach all day, it is what they do.

One thing I want to stress is that we always make it a point to ask the name of the person we are talking to – be it the wait staff, housekeeping, bartender, security guard, etc. When you are friendly with someone and are polite, you get that back ten-fold more often than not. The staff at Coco would go out of their way to do nice things for us; they remembered OUR names, what we liked to drink, where we liked our lounge chairs and little things we told them in conversation. We met so many wonderful people on our trip – both locals and other travelers. Take the time to smile and say hi to people – you will be glad you did. :)

We are already thinking about our next trip to Negril and we will definitely stay at Coco La Palm again!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Sherry N
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Reviewed 12 April 2011

My family and I stayed 4 wonderful nights and we all raved about the wonderful hotel and caring staff. We booked using hotels.com and were able to get a 'web special' of $126/nt. for a Jr. Suite! What a deal! Beautiful room ( coffee maker, flat screen Satelite TV, huge bathroom, in-room safe! ) exquisite amenities (wifi, two great pools, one huge hot tub and Breakfast included!). The staff were very accommodating with extra towels. The grounds were kept in pristine condition and the security at the front gate and along the beach provided us with peace of mind.
We travel quite extensively and rarely find accommodation at this price with all the benefits. Well done and we look forward coming back!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Artie11
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

This is a nice hotel in the middle of the 7-mile beach in Negril. It has its own beach which is a great advantage. The location is perfect. The only negative thing was small ants in my room, not in my friends' one. The staff was friendly.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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