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Airports:
Kingston                   Kingston / St. Andrew   MKJP   KIN      
Montego Bay           Saint James                   MKJS MBJ   
Ocho Rios/Boscobel   Saint Mary   MKBS           OCJ


Where to stay:  Points?
Montego Bay
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (All-Inclusive)
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (All-Inclusive) (Adults Only)
Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Jamaica (All-Inclusive)
Holiday Inn Montego Bay (All-Inclusive)
Half Moon
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island (Over Water Bungaloo)
Sandals Montego Bay
Secrets
Iberostar Grand Rose Hall


Kosher:
Chabad   http://www.jewishjamaica.com/kosher/
Chabad Kosher Hot Spot  - 1-3 Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay  +1 876-452-3223   Open:10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Bringing food with you requires a Permit: https://www.moatrade.gov.jm/MOA/
apply for a Veterinary License
when your adding all your items to the list you can search Kosher for a full list. Also Consignor= Store you purchased it from
Easiest way to get through to permit department is 876.281.2601 normally takes 5 business days online

Mikvah:
Gorgeous brand new Mikvah in Chabad Center

 If you have any queries or concerns please don't hesitate to reach out to Rebbetzin Mushkee Raskin through WhatsApp at  347 268 3494 or mushkee@jewishjamaica.com

Chabad:
CHABAD JAMAICA  876-630-4400 | 876-452-3223
RABBI@CHABADOFJAMAICA.COM


What to do:
Ocho Rios Blue Hole
Dunns Falls (Hike up waterfalls)
Luminous Lagoon (Glistening Waters) and Rose Hall Great House
Horseback Ride n' Swim! through the ocean
Green Grotto Caves (From James Bond Live and Let Die)
Mystic Mountain Bobsledding (From Cool Runnings)
Zip Lining
Sailing
ATV Tour
Bamboo rafting excursion down the Martha Brae River
Floyd's Pelican Bar
PLEASE UPDATE

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #100 on: December 31, 2019, 09:39:46 PM »
Both have undergone major renovations over the past years but the Zilara had an entire new building added to it and you probably want to try and get into that one by dealing directly with the hotel to ensure that your room is in that building.

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #101 on: December 31, 2019, 09:43:15 PM »
thanks

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #102 on: December 31, 2019, 10:22:34 PM »
Anyone have advice on filling out the form for bringing in food
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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #103 on: December 31, 2019, 10:23:34 PM »
Actually better yet did anyone ever successfully fill out the form
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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #104 on: January 01, 2020, 02:20:32 AM »
On a recent trip to Jamaica . I got a permit the last minute less then 24 hrs to arrival .
Online it can be a little complicate to nevigate. So I had one of their representatives on the phone and guided me step by step she was very helpful and patient . (It took 45 min the process) I received my permit within the hour, the fee was $10
At the end I didnít even use it, I figured Iíll just pass the regular security line without declaring anything and just in case being stopped Iíll then present the permit .. bh no one looked no one asked ..

Hereís the info.

https://www.moatrade.gov.jm/MOA/


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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #105 on: January 01, 2020, 07:16:30 AM »
I did and I worked with the official department there by phone. It was a rather tedious process but in the end I was able to legally and successfully bring in my food. The week I was going, Chabad was closed so it was my only legal option.

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #106 on: January 05, 2020, 01:11:11 AM »
Anyone rent a boat around Montego Bay?

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #107 on: January 06, 2020, 10:37:10 PM »
Anyone ever get a suite or a junior  suite at the Hyatt ziva
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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #108 on: January 07, 2020, 08:24:08 AM »
Yeah, we got a butler suite (can't remember if it was Ziva or Zilara). Nice comfortable room and having the Butler service was a big bonus when it came to dealing with the Kosher issue (not to say that they didn't make a number of mistakes and cost us a bunch of our food...)

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #109 on: January 07, 2020, 08:44:12 AM »
Yeah, we got a butler suite (can't remember if it was Ziva or Zilara). Nice comfortable room and having the Butler service was a big bonus when it came to dealing with the Kosher issue (not to say that they didn't make a number of mistakes and cost us a bunch of our food...)
Do you recall if certain rooms were better than others
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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #110 on: January 07, 2020, 08:55:53 AM »
We made a point to get a room in the newest building. IIRC they built one a new one in the adult only hotel and redid the others. The new ones are nicer. But I've stayed in the renovated rooms and they were ok - just not as nice.

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #111 on: January 07, 2020, 09:40:44 AM »
We made a point to get a room in the newest building. IIRC they built one a new one in the adult only hotel and redid the others. The new ones are nicer. But I've stayed in the renovated rooms and they were ok - just not as nice.
I think the zilara has a new building
Unfortunately I booked Ziva
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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #112 on: January 07, 2020, 10:17:07 AM »
They are essentially the same hotel and share facilities. It's worth a call to them to see if you can switch it.

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #113 on: January 28, 2020, 07:56:55 AM »
How accommodating is the hyatt zillara with warming up kosher/double wrapped food? do they have any kosher cereal or chips? is the soda there kosher,what country is it made in? Thanks!

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #114 on: January 28, 2020, 02:53:40 PM »
There's a Courtyard by Marriot that is ok by US standards. The Pega4us is the fancy local hotel and ok as well. The Spanish Court is very nice but a little out of the way of main area of New Kingston. The meat import is a bit of a hassle but I did it and was able to bring in meat. Other choices is seeing if you can get Chabad to send food to Kingston and taking your chances...  but if you're stopped you probably will have it taken away.
You stayed in Kingston?
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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #115 on: January 28, 2020, 11:46:49 PM »
Yes, a few times

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #116 on: February 05, 2020, 11:36:48 AM »
How accommodating is the hyatt zillara with warming up kosher/double wrapped food? do they have any kosher cereal or chips? is the soda there kosher,what country is it made in? Thanks!
Very accommodating with heating up food
make sure you tell them nightly don't open up your food


Also I numbered everything and told them
tonight we need 1,2,3,4
tomorrow I need 5 and 6
or I told them that morning I need tin 9 and 10 tonight at 7pm

Remind them to send you Disposable plates and Utensils

and Call when your done for them to remove the food table or it will sit outside your room all night and you don't want any insects

finally most of the soda was Coke etc. but they have some local stuff I wouldn't touch


I found the hotel to be too commercial and difficult to get simple things like fresh squeezed pineapple juice or orange juice
a lot of the there stuff comes pre processed.
I struggled getting a Avocado they tend to just have processed guacamole


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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #117 on: February 06, 2020, 09:18:23 PM »
Very accommodating with heating up food
make sure you tell them nightly don't open up your food


Also I numbered everything and told them
tonight we need 1,2,3,4
tomorrow I need 5 and 6
or I told them that morning I need tin 9 and 10 tonight at 7pm

Remind them to send you Disposable plates and Utensils

and Call when your done for them to remove the food table or it will sit outside your room all night and you don't want any insects

finally most of the soda was Coke etc. but they have some local stuff I wouldn't touch


I found the hotel to be too commercial and difficult to get simple things like fresh squeezed pineapple juice or orange juice
a lot of the there stuff comes pre processed.
I struggled getting a Avocado they tend to just have processed guacamole



Thanks so much. just wondering who do i ask to arange the food to be warmed?

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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #118 on: February 08, 2020, 09:38:51 AM »
Very accommodating with heating up food
make sure you tell them nightly don't open up your food


Also I numbered everything and told them
tonight we need 1,2,3,4
tomorrow I need 5 and 6
or I told them that morning I need tin 9 and 10 tonight at 7pm

Remind them to send you Disposable plates and Utensils

and Call when your done for them to remove the food table or it will sit outside your room all night and you don't want any insects

finally most of the soda was Coke etc. but they have some local stuff I wouldn't touch


I found the hotel to be too commercial and difficult to get simple things like fresh squeezed pineapple juice or orange juice
a lot of the there stuff comes pre processed.
I struggled getting a Avocado they tend to just have processed guacamole
How did you like the place besides food?
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Re: Jamaica master thread
« Reply #119 on: February 11, 2020, 04:11:42 PM »
Thanks so much. just wondering who do i ask to arange the food to be warmed?
Concierge, unless you have a butler
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