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Beaches Boscobel: All Inclusive Family Resort in Jamaica

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Beaches Boscobel all inclusive resort in Jamaica. Photo courtesy of Beaches Resorts.
Beaches Boscobel all inclusive resort in Jamaica. Photo courtesy of Beaches Resorts.
Reasons to Visit Beaches Boscobel:
  • The assured quality of Beaches all inclusive resorts
  • Infant & kids' programs
  • Sesame Street characters and activities
  • Fun pools and water park
  • Scuba and golf are all-included
  • Single Parent months
Bottom Line: Beaches is an expert at family resorts, and all-included golf is a bonus here. Note, however, that Beaches Boscobel has a small beach area, and is a 2-hour drive from Montego Bay.

Beaches Boscobel- Background

Beaches is the family resort brand of the Sandals chain of all inclusive resorts; Beaches Boscobel is on the north coast of Jamaica, 10 miles east of Ocho Rios. The resort has guestrooms and suites on 22 acres.

Guide Review: Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club

This resort is popular! .. During a visit in late August, the place was full.

The drive from the Montego Bay airport took two hours, during our visit; check recent visitor comments, as time varies with the state of the road. Flying to Ocho Rios is also an option.

Grounds & Pools
The resort is built steeply up from the beach: an elevator serves the beach and rooms. There's no need to take stairs unless you want the exercise.

Beaches Boscobel has a large main pool and a kiddie pool, and also has the Pirates Island Water Park, with eleven waterslides and more.

Also at Boscobel: tennis courts; outdoor pool tables; fitness center with excellent classes; spa with steam room.

Beach

The beach is pretty and has shady palapas but don't expect a grand sweep of ocean (-- Beaches Negril, in another part of Jamaica, has that.) Still, for young kids the beach is fine. Strong swimmers may be frustrated that swimming is confined to a small cordoned area. Also, during our visit, outside the cordoned swim area, vendors floated all day in small boats. Thankfully, they were low-key; check recent visitor comments for updates about the beach scene.
Beaches Boscobel all inclusive resort in Jamaica. Photo courtesy of Beaches Resorts.Photo courtesy of Beaches Resorts.
Beaches Boscobel: Watersports


For those who love underwater-life, Beaches Boscobel offers not only free snorkeling trips but free scuba. Sign up early at the watersports desk. Kids 10 and up can try scuba. On our visit, neither the snorkeling nor the scuba sites were terrific, but weather kept us from reportedly better areas; and anyway the first-time-snorkeling kids were thrilled. Younger kids can try the glass-bottom boat*.

On the beach, guests can have fun with Hydrobikes (water tricycles), windsurfing, kayaks, and sailboats/Hobie Cats.*

In short: there's much to do, but Get There Early to sign up for watersports, and read activity schedules closely. For ex., windsurfing might happen only at a certain hour.

Beaches Boscobel: Land Activities
Beaches Boscobel has typical activities such as billiards, ping-pong, volleyball, shuffleboard. Check the daily schedule for activities such as treasure hunts, basketball, fitness classes, etc. Some kids -- and grown-ups-- disappear into the videogames center.

All inclusive golf is a deal for golfers, but note that you have to pay for a caddy (and tip as well), and the golf course is at another Sandals resort, 20 minutes away by shuttle bus. Junior golf is a bonus too, with golf clinics for kids and clubs provided.*
Beaches Boscobel: Kids Programs and Activities
Beaches Boscobel shines with its kids' programs, starting with infant care. 2- and 3-year-olds had their own group, and after 5 pm, nannies were available.* Older kids' programs had evening hours.

Beaches has a special arrangement with Sesame Street; kids can enjoy special activities with favorite characters.

In the kids programs for ages 4 to 7, activities included arts and crafts, tennis, pool games... Ages 8 to 12 added snorkeling, bike tours, bonfires, etc.

For teens, the situation was muddier during our visit... The remotely-located teen center didn't attract kids; a teen coordinator organized activities, but they were hard to find. Teens don't want a strict schedule, I was told; it's more a flow thing, doing what the group wants. So how do you find the group? Check recent visitor comments for the current teen scene.

Rooms
Beaches Boscobel has rooms and suites; some suites sleep five. Note that family "suites" have a half-wall, not a full partition. Our terrace "suite" was one large room, with king-sized bed and sofa bed: attractive and roomy, with large patio area outside. All units have fridges. Many units connect if you want two rooms.

Beaches Boscobel: Restaurants
The poolside Bayside Restaurant was a roomy open-air place with buffet fare perked up by occasional local dishes and lots of cheese and fruit. Kids have their own section and kiddie seats. We sampled the very nice Venetian restaurant; other guests praised the tex-mex Arizona,perched above the beach. The BBQ by the kiddies' pool served good barbeque, quick.
Out'n'About
Many guests book tours off-property, such as a Jeep Safari, river rafting, river tubing, Blue Mountain Bicycle tour. Shopping outings are offered too, though some guests simply take a cab to Ocho Rios.

Those who want to know more about Jamaica can also try Meet the People, a free program of the Jamaica Tourist Board. Sign up well in advance, and JTB will match you with a family with kids a similar age to yours; you'll be picked up at your resort, taken for a visit or hosted for a meal... We thoroughly enjoyed our Meet the People experience!

Beaches - Single Parents
Beaches has declared May, Sept. and October "Single Parents months": solo parents won't be charged the "single supplement" that raises the price of a room to what a couple would pay, and special eventscreate a friendly ambiance.

Three points stood out from our visit:
  • kids and parents loved the kids programs, and evening sessions gave parents the chance to try the grown-up restaurants
  • 8 to 10 yr-olds had a terrific time, making friends in the kids' programs, and then running all over with new pals
  • Single Parents week worked very well


Find out more about Beaches Boscobel:
  • Read more about Beaches Resorts
  • Check visitors' comments at TripAdvisor.com
  • Check prices at Kayak.com

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

*Always check destination websites for updates!

User Reviews

 1 out of 5
RUINED MY WEDDING, Member victoria.n

Booked my wedding at Beaches Resorts in Boscobel over 10 months ago for 10-11-12. I got a call today (3 days before I leave) that the resort is CLOSED. YES CLOSED... we never got a clear answer as to why this has happened.. but they vaguely point their reason towards construction. Beaches representatives wont help. My travel agent was able to move all parties who booked with her to a near by resort without difficulty. As for those who did not book with her are out of luck and are left solo. Beaches will only cancel their reservations (the best man booked his in Dec 2011). Beaches will not help rebook at the near by resort. So my friends and family who have already paid to come to my wedding now have to cancel their reservations with beaches. They have to PAY OUT OF POCKET to book at the new resort (since beaches says their money will be refunded but wont clear for 10 days). That's 11 of my friends and family who have to put out money because Beaches refuses to help in any way. The best man (who was set to leave tomorrow) had to call and change his flight to Monday.. an extra $190 because beaches couldn't help in any way. My wedding day.. =( in which I had planned over the last few months with a wedding consultant... is up in the air right now... All the things I paid for.. will be refunded.. twilight wedding $600 (sunset wedding), steel drum band $1200, two hour dinner reception $1000, two extra tables $200, two dz cupcakes $75.. but again.. this refund will show in 10 days.. So.. in the meantime.. I will have to plan and pay out of pocket for a new wedding.. since it is in less than a week at the new nearby resort... That's if they have what I originally wanted available.. if they have anything available at all on such short notice.. =( I take that back.. Beaches did offer me to transfer my who wedding party (27 total) to the beaches in Turks and Caicos.. but we all would have to pay our own airplane tickets.. and figure out our own travel.. REALLY???????? with the best man set originally to leave at 6am tomorrow?! 10-6-12? Beaches lied to us... and are unwilling to help.... Beaches Resorts completely ruined my dream wedding =(

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