GETTING THERE: Air Jamaica flies nonstop from BWI to Montego Bay, Jamaica, for $467 round trip, with restrictions. The drive from "Mobay" to Negril is an hour and a half. Most hotels offer transfers for those bound from the airport to different parts of the island.
DEALS: Rockhouse (West End Road, Negril, 876-957-4373, www.rockhousehotel.com), a hip boutique property with bungalows and rooms along the western end of Negril, has lovely ocean views, a nice pool, a restaurant and complimentary daily yoga classes. Rates are a bargain: Doubles start at $75 until Dec. 14, then go to $100 a night and up.
If you prefer all-inclusives, consider Couples Negril (Norman Manley Boulevard, Hanover, Negril, 800-268-7537, www.couples.com), a well-kept 234-room property on Seven Mile Beach. Rates, starting at $490 a night, include lodging, all meals, golf and some excursions. The hotel is offering up to $175 a night off for early bookers, depending on the room.
In Montego Bay, the Ritz-Carlton (1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Rose Hall, St. James, 800-241-3333, www.ritzcarlton.com) is a grand option for those celebrating a honeymoon or other special occasion. Sprawling over 5,000 acres, it has tennis courts, a pool, a great health club and several restaurants. A special available until Dec. 19 has doubles going for $375 a night, including all meals and some drinks. After that, doubles start at $375 for rooms only.
INFORMATION: Jamaica Tourist Board, 800-233-4582, www.visitjamaica.com. The Jamaican Embassy Web site, www.emjamusa.org, has hurricane relief updates.
-- Gary Lee