SkyAuction for Jamaica Travel

August 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Jamaica Travel Deals

Are you looking for cheap hotels and resorts in Jamaica?  If so SkyAuction.com might be worth checking out if auctions and potentially low prices excite you.  While most of the bidding starts at $1.00 (USD) and while most of the auctions never get near the full value of the lodging the SERVICE FEES can add up really quick.

Live Auction Excitement at Sky Auction

Live Auction Excitement at Sky Auction

To shop for Jamaica travel auctions on Skyauction click on the Destinations link at the top, then on the Caribbean & Bahamas link and finally select Jamaica. Once you select Jamaica you will see a list of all of the auctions.  When you click to view the details of each auction be sure to note:

1.  Taxes and surcharge fees, generally these are around $32 a night.

2.  Travel dates, while most of them are rather generous you don’t want to bid on a room that you will not be able to use!

3.  Minimum/Maximum Stay, once again these are rather generous but make sure they fit well with your travel plans.

4.  For all inclusive resorts see if the charges are per person per night and if you are going alone most of them charge you a fine for only having one person in the room.

Sky Auction Fees

Sky Auction Fees

Once you find an auction that you are ready to bid on enter a bid that is $1.00 more than the current bid and fill in the “auto bid” box if you want their computer to bid for you in case you don’t watch the auction 24/7.

Bidding at Sky Auction

Bidding at Sky Auction

Now that you are done bidding just sit back until the auction is about to end and see if luck and or fate is on your side.  If you get bored you can check out the members area where you can track all of your auctions and increase your bids if needed.


Jamaica on a Budget

July 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Jamaica Travel Deals

Jamaica Vacation on a Budget

Travelling to Jamaica for a cheap vacation is a very easy task with just a little time investment.   With a few hours of research on the Jamaican Travel Forum it is possible to cut your Jamaican vacation cost in half, maybe even more! If you are a budget minded traveler read on.

Jamaican Mountains from the water

Jamaican Mountains from the water

The first step in planning your cheap vacation in Jamaica is finding out what part of the island you want to stay in, and how you will get there from one of Jamaica’s two international airports. If you want to cut out the expense of a long journey from the airport to your hotel or cottage, you can stay in a resort town such as Montego Bay, which is next to the airport.

When it comes to picking out cheap lodging in Jamaica, most of the best deals are NOT FOUND ON THE INTERNET! Most of what you will find on the Internet are the big resorts pushing their vacation packages while the “little affordable places” are lost trying to show up when you search for vacation deals in Jamaica. By networking with other people that live or vacation in Jamaica, you can find deals like:

CHEAP LODGING IN THE OCHO RIOS AREA

“Beachfront 2 bedroom cottage with full kitchen 15 minutes away from Ocho Rios for $50.00 a night”.

Another gem I found was a similar cottage right next door to the beach front one, that costs only $40 a night. I’ve talked to others that have stayed at a place in downtown Ocho Rios for around $35 a night (not near the beach). These are not the type of deals that you will find on-line, but rather the type of deals that you will find by networking with the members of a Jamaican Travel Forum.

CHEAP FOOD IN JAMAICA
Finding cheap food in Jamaica is sort of a no brainer. If you eat where the tourists eat, you will pay an arm and a leg. If you find out where the locals eat, you will pay 2-3 times less and the food quality will be much better.

Examples of great tasting cheap Jamaican food:
Roadside stands that are away from the tourist areas – generally you can eat a meal for $3.00-$6.00. If you want a beer to go with your meal they are around $1.50 compared to up to $6.00 at the tourist places.

Jamaican restaurants where the locals eat – an excellent example of this is found on this Jamaica trip report where the forum member ate at a tourist restaurant one day and at a local’s restaurant the next. The member found the local place to be about half of the price and she found the food quality much better.

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