Couples Resorts Water Sports

“Everything is included”, but what does that mean for water sports? At all Couples Resorts all of your activities are included in the price of your stay – even use of all of the water sports equipment, snorkeling and diving trips and use of Hobie Cat sailboats. Scuba Diving Couples Resorts offers a very extensive…

Will you go Au Naturale?

A Guide to Nude Beaches and Nudism with Tips and information for First Timers. Couples Negril, Sans Souci, and Tower Island all have “Au Naturale” – or – Nude beaches and facilities. These Au Naturale beaches are considered some of the top in Jamaica and people travel from all over the world specifically to spend…

The Day 2 Blues

It’s here – the first full day of your vacation! You have been looking forward to this trip for weeks, months – maybe even a year or more! You get up ready to start the day with smile and realize – “Man, I really feel like crap!!” “But I have so much planned for today!…

On Site Activities

During our first visits to Couples Resorts, we did not participate in many of the activities that the resorts have. This was simply due to Sand Gravity taking a hold and never letting go. In recent years we have discovered and enjoyed many of the activities and realized they do a really good job of…

Repeat Guest Dinner

If this is your second trip or more to a Couple Resort, you are in for a special treat as you will automatically receive an invite to the “Repeat Guest Dinner”. This special dinner gives you a chance to interact with some of the Couples Employees as well as your fellow guests. The menu is…

Special Dining Nights at Sans Souci

At Couples Sans Souci, they have two special nights – “Jamaica Night” on Tuesdays and “Starlight Gala Cabaret” on Friday nights. On each of these nights, Couples sets up an elaborate and elegant buffet dinner on the lawn complete with entertainment from various live bands and entertainment. These nights can be a lot of fun…

Lobster!

Fried, Grilled or Baked – How much can you eat? Ok smart ass – if you’re the one reader who stumbled on this page that is allergic to seafood and your answer is “None, cuz I’ll die…” then stop reading… Everyone else – especially if you want to maximize your lobster intake – keep reading…

Couples Swept Away Dining

At Couples Swept Away you have a choice of dining at 6 different restaurants – 7 if you count the in-suite breakfast option. Couples Swept Away has the most variety of all the Couples Resorts and also has the ability to cater to larger groups and is great for large weddings. If you have been…

Couples Sans Souci Dining

At CSS, there are 4 restaurants – Palazzina, Beach Grill/Bella Vista and Casanova – 5 if you count room service. The Beach Grill turns into Bella Vista at night to create a wonderful water front experience. There are 2 gala nights that include a buffet dinner and private dinners are available at an extra cost….

Couples Tower Island Dining

At Couple Tower Island, there are 6 restaurants – the most of any Couples Resort and in our opinion, Couples Tower Island has the largest variety and the best food of all the Couples Resorts. To be clear – this is like saying chocolate pudding is better than Vanilla pudding – it’s just our opinion…

Couples Negril Dining

Couples Negril features 5 restaurants – The Cassava Terrace, Beach Grill/Heliconia, Lychee, and Otaheite. The Beach Grill turns into Heliconia at night to create a wonderful experience with a view of the water and beach. Private dinners are available at an extra cost. The Cassava Terrace This is where you will eat most of your…

Reservation Tips

Although we covered reservation tips in a previous post, we feel these tips are so important we are going to cover them again so we can expand on them in greater detail. Make your reservations for later Unless you really can’t wait until 7:00, then it’s best to make your reservations for at least 30…

Choosing A Room Type

Figuring out what room to choose (and pay for!) can be a challenge when planning a vacation – especially at an all inclusive resort. At an all inclusive beach vacation you have to decide on budget, ocean view (partial or obstructed), proximity to activities and restaurants and noise factors. Fortunately – when planning a vacation…

No Tipping! (Sort of)

Couples Resorts has a strict No Tipping policy for all of their employees and you should honor this policy. The reason for this policy, as explained by management, is that while you may encounter several employees during your stay and some may be very front and center – like bartenders, servers and housekeeping – and…

Arrival! and Check In

It’s here! You have finally arrived at your resort of choice and you are ready to hit the beach and grab a drink. The bus driver will unload all of your luggage and wish you well. Note that he is not a Couples Employee, but they will not ask you for a tip – we…

The Bus Ride to Ocho Rios or Negril

No matter which Couples resort you are staying at – or any resort in Jamaica – you will need a bus or private taxi get to your final destination. Couples provides this transportation for free from Montego Bay and uses private contractors driving small buses that hold about 12 people. Normally the bus is not…

International Airport Tips

Is this your first overseas vacation? Never flown on an international flight before? Wondering what to expect at the airport? Keep reading to find out how early to arrive, what to expect at TSA and flight transfers.

Tips for Traveling Out of Country

Is this your first time traveling out of the country? Never been to a foreign town or village? Learn what to expect, how to keep yourself safe and what to do if something goes wrong. You Need a Passport To travel outside the United States you need a valid passport. This is true for any…

Mosquitoes, Zika, West Nile, Dengue, Chikungunya Oh My!

You will most likely get bitten by a mosquito while on any vacation to an island in the Caribbean – Jamaica is no exception. Besides Zika, Jamaica is home to Chikunhunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever and West Nile Virus as well as a few other diseases. Wondering how to stay safe in such an environment? First,…

How much cash do I need?

Factor in exchange rates, ATM fees, foreign transaction fees on credit cards and the NO Tipping policy at Couples and figuring out how much cash to bring with you can be a pain. Do you plan to bring back souvenirs? Do you plan to purchase some local herbs? Services from the hotel? What about excursions?…

Medications – Prescription and Over the Counter…

If you have never travelled out of the country for more than a few days you may be wondering what to do about prescription and over the counter medications that you may need. This is not a simple thing. Medications – even over the counter medications can have a very different formula in a foreign…

Beware the Sun! (With Sunscreen Formula)

The sun is very intense in Jamaica. You will literally feel yourself burning after just a few minutes in the afternoon full sun. A good, high spf sunscreen is necessary. If you have never traveled to a tropical location or experienced intense sun like in Jamaica, then you should read about sun protection. I have…

What to Bring; The Essentials

If you look around on the internet you will find tons of advice and literally tons of crap that people suggest you need for a vacation. Most of this is just marketing and attempts to get you to buy more stuff! If you’ve never travelled to a tropical island or Jamaica, keep reading to find…

Airfare Tips

When to book airfare and get the best deal can be a quite confusing. Besides getting a good deal, you’d like to lock those dates in early so you can move on and just look forward to your awesome vacation. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to getting the best deal and when…

Weather Tips

First of all, the weather is the weather – remember you have no control over it so just accept what is to come… Here are some tips to maximize your play time and plan around the inevitable rain. Forecast Is it going to rain on your vacation? We have the weather forecast for Jamaica, Montego…

Best Time of Year to go

What is the best time of year to visit Jamaica? This may seem simple to answer as most people want perfect weather with no rain and limited clouds, not too many people, and just the right temperatures but there are pros and cons to each season in Jamaica so keep reading if you want to…

The Jamaican Herb Situation

If one of the reasons you are visiting Jamaica is to try out the local herbs, then you are in for a treat. Marijuana has been decriminalized on the island for several years – this means that possession of up to 2 ounces is considered a “petty offense”, subject to a very small fine of…

CSS Room Types

If you have tried to book a room at CSS, you have probably seen that there are 7 different room types – each with it’s own pros and cons. To add to the confusion there are 7 different room blocks and each room type is scattered among the blocks. If you are having trouble deciding…

Keith’s Bamboo Crew!

If you are staying at Couple’s Sans Souci, there is a very special excursion you can take with Keith’s Bamboo Crew. “Spend a relaxing day floating on a bamboo raft and drinking Red Stripe while we prepare a feast of Lobster (Season permitting), fish, jerk chicken and local vegetables for your pleasure (Vegetarian option available).”…

The Mineral Pool and Grotto at CSS

Mineral Pool The mineral pool is one of our favorite places at Couples Sans Souci. It is located near Charlie’s Spa and the fitness center. This area is especially beautiful in the early mornings, evenings and late at night. During the middle of the day the concrete tends to get pretty hot but the coldness…

Tree Frogs

Jamaica is home to many different species of amphibians but the one you will undoubtedly fall in love with is the tree frog. These frogs will come out in the early morning, during a good thunderstorm and especially every evening and at night to serenade you to sleep. The sounds will lull you into a…

Couples Swept Away Beaches

The beach at Swept Away is full of perfect sand, perfect views and sunsets, and lot’s of crystal clear water.  

Couples Tower Island Beaches

The main beach at Couples Tower Island is very nice. The water is crystal clear, turquoise blue, deep in places, and a great place to swim and float. This is my wife’s favorite place to swim/float of all the Couple’s resorts. Private, soft sand, personal drink service – what more could you need! Finding shade…

Couples Negril Beach

The beach at Couples Negril is wonderful. The sand is soft, white and very gentle on your feet. Situated in Bloody Bay, the beach is very large for the number of guests so finding a quiet spot should never be a problem. The Au Naturale Beach The AN beach is to the left of the…

CSS Beaches

The beaches at CSS are unique in many ways. They are not like the wide open beaches that you have at Couples Negril and Swept Away. However, they are private, kept very clean, and are close enough to the bars that they have beach service for drinks. Set in a small cove, CSS has a…

The CSS Pond

CSS has a pond in the middle of the resort where a lot of wildlife and amazing plants are found. There is a jogging and biking trail that has a mostly pebble surface and goes around the pond, past the SSB gate and over to the tennis courts and bike rack where they have bikes…

Sea Urchins – Ow!

Sea Urchins are spiny sea creatures about the size of a baseball or softball. They are numerous in some locations and are usually found near coral or in the grassy areas of the water. Most of the sandy beaches are ok but you still need to be wary as the dead ones can be washed…

Sand Fleas! Ewwwaa!

Sand fleas are common on just about every beach on the planet – including Jamaica. They come out mostly at night but can also come out just after a good rain storm. A lot of people have blamed couples for “bed bugs” in their room when in fact they were bitten by sand fleas on…

A Block, G Block? Which one is Best?

Trying to decide where you would like to stay at Couples Sans Souci can be quite the challenge. The resort is built into the cliffs and each room “Block” has advantages and disadvantages. To add to the confusion, There are 7 different room types to choose from – and each type is spread around in…

Scotchies Jerk Center

If you are looking to try some authentic Jamaican food off resort – look no further than Schotchies Jerk Center in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Kingston. Featured on numerous food shows – this place has some of the best jerk chicken, pork and more. (Trip Adviser reviews) Have a comment about this post? Have…

The Blue Hole

The Blue Hole is one of Ocho Rios’s best off site attractions. This excursion is not included in the price of your stay but is well worth the ~$60pp price to drive up to the blue hole and about $30 to tip your tour guide. Hiring a private taxi/driver is the best way to experience…

Lizards

Lizards are all over the resorts in Jamaica. They are small and harmless. They are not the giant iguanas you see in Key West that have started to cause problems. One fun fact – lizards love scrambled eggs! They will not eat out of your hand like in this image, but if you see them…

Sunset Beach @ Couples Sans Souci Resort

Sunset Beach (SSB) is Couples Sans Souci’s Au Naturele facilities. If you are not familiar with Au Naturale Beaches, read our blog post for tips on your first Au Naturale experience. Similar to Tower Island, sunset beach includes a pool with swim up bar, hot tub, grill, palapas and a very large beach area. The…

The Island

Tower island is a wonderful resort but what makes it unique is  Sapphire Island ( #SapphireIsland ) – the little tiny island just off shore. During the day the island is AN and all guests must be fully nude and arrive together as a couple in order to participate. If you’re nervous – read our…

Couples Sans Souci

Couples Sans Souci is in Ocho Rios – just a 5 minute bus ride from Tower Island. This means you can “Trade Places” for the day and explore Sans Souci. It takes one and half hours to travel from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios. The bus ride is pleasant as the highway between the two…

Couples Negril

Couples Negril is in Negril on “Bloody Bay” – this is just a 5 minute bus ride from Couples Swept Away. This means you can “Trade Places” for the day and explore Swept Away. resort grounds main beach/pool Au Naturel area room types different blocks spa water sports sunset weather restaurants excursions Have a comment…

Couples Tower Island

Couples Tower Island is in Ocho Rios – just a 5 minute bus ride from Couples Sans Souci. This means you can “Trade Places” for the day and explore Sans Souci. resort grounds main beach/pool THE ISLAND Quiet Pool Buddha Pool room types different blocks spa water sports sunset weather restaurants excursions Have a comment…

Couples Swept Away

Couples Swept Away is in Negril on “7 Mile Beach” – and is just a 5 minute bus ride from Couples Negril. This means you can “Trade Places” for the day and explore Couples Negril. resort grounds main beach/pool Au Naturel area room types different blocks spa water sports sunset weather restaurants excursions Have a…

Where it all began. Our First Trip.

We first traveled to Couples resorts in 1999. I was looking to take my girlfriend to some place romantic to get engaged and I stumbled across an ad for Couples resorts. I had never been to Jamaica so wasn’t sure what to expect. The drive from the airport back then was quite the adventure. Many…