"We're looking for something under US$70/night and with easy access to the beach"
For a budget place to stay look at Secrets Cabins. It is located directly on the beach. For details see the following
Beach Club Condos would be my suggestion. Studio with kitchenette for about 65/night or Sunquest Cottages (if they are open again) They are about 65/night.
There is a bus station around from the roundabout...I think that's where they all drop you off.
I would call Coral Seas Gardens and ask for a $55 rate if they have availability. Calling the 876 number instead of an online number wil get you the rate. Its across from the Bar-b-barn (which may have a $70 room) and you can use that beach.
Look on Divine tours for cheap Negril hotels and then call the hotel and say you saw this rate on there and can they match it.. I just found that site last year and great prices are listed!
I had heard J$350, but I wanted to say J$400 to be conservative, so less than US$4. It's the sort of bus we Jamaicans usually take to get around the island... not necessarily recommended for tourists as you may have to ride standing up, there aren't set stops, etc.
Yes, the coaster buses arrive at the bus park in downtown Negril. You can get a route taxi to wherever you're staying on the beach for J$100pp or so.
Hey, thanks a lot ohliz!
The price of a ride in a route taxi increased in late Aug. See the following
I recently paid $J150 to take a route taxi on the beach road which was what everyone else was paying.