Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast

Two of the luxurious Sandals resorts in Jamaica, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals South Coast have both similarities and differences.

To figure out which one is right for you, check out this comparison of Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast.

Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast Quick Take

While both have overwater bungalows, Sandals Royal Caribbean also has a private island and offers access to a nearby Sandals resort. Sandals South Coast is secluded and peaceful.

Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast Overview

Similarities between these two resorts include the fact that both Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals South Coast have the amazing overwater bungalows, but some of the ones at Royal Caribbean feature private infinity pools.

A big difference is that Sandals Royal Caribbean is conveniently located in Montego Bay, very close to the airport, while Sandals South Coast is secluded and further out.

Additionally, Sandals Royal Caribbean features a private island, and guests there also have access to everything at Sandals Montego Bay.

Ratings for the two are about the same: 4.5 for Sandals South Coast, and 4.4 for Sandals Royal Caribbean.

Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast: Location

Sandals Royal Caribbean is in Montego Bay, just about 10 minutes from Sangster International Airport.

Sandals South Coast is in Whitehouse on Jamaica’s pristine southern coast, about 30 miles from the Montego Bay airport. If you get carsick, be aware that the drive goes along rough and winding roads.

You’ll get complimentary transfers to and from the airport at both resorts.

Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast: Price

Rates are pretty similar between the two resorts, although prices can vary depending on when you book. Sandals Royal Caribbean currently starts at $243 per person per night, and South Coast starts at $239 per person per night.

Using a certified Sandals travel agent can help you save money at either resort.

Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast: Amenities and Activities

Sandals Royal Caribbean and South Coast both have beautiful white-sand beaches, but SRC has two—one on a private island—and South Coast’s beach is a pristine two-mile stretch (the resort is located in a nature preserve).

Both beaches have calm water perfect for all the complimentary watersports you can get at Sandals. These include snorkeling, scuba diving, paddleboarding, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, and more.

There are also multiple pools and whirlpools at both. Sandals Royal Caribbean has more choices, but Sandals South Coast has the Caribbean’s longest river pool.

The private island at Sandals Royal Caribbean is a unique amenity that features a pool with swim-up bar, a whirlpool, a gorgeous beach with thatched-roof cabanas, and a restaurant.

Each resort also has land sports including tennis and beach volleyball, as well as a fitness center.

Both have nightly entertainment including live shows, theme nights, and more. Sandals Royal Caribbean also has beach bonfires on the private island and is close to the nightlife in Montego Bay.

There’s an onsite spa at both resorts, which costs extra. Sandals Royal Caribbean also offers access to all the amenities and activities at nearby Sandals Montego Bay via a free shuttle.

Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast: Food and Drink

While Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals South Coast have the same number of gourmet dining options onsite, there are more options available at SRC due to its access to Sandals Montego Bay.

Sandals Royal Caribbean has 9 restaurants onsite, but 21 restaurants total once you factor in the ones at Sandals Montego Bay. Sandals South Coast has 9 restaurants, many of which are beachfront or overlook the water.

There are 5 bars at Royal Caribbean, including swim-up bars (one of which is on the private island). You can also go to the 6 bars at Sandals Montego Bay, which has a very vibrant nightlife scene.

South Coast has 7 bars, including swim-up bars and a really cool overwater bar.

Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast: Accommodations

Both Sandals Royal Caribbean and South Coast offer the incredible overwater bungalows. The ones at SRC are on the private island, and some of them have private infinity pools.

Other popular options at SRC are swim-up suites and beachfront walk-out suites. Sandals South Coast also features unique swim-up Rondoval butler villas with private plunge pools as well as beachfront swim-up suites, beachfront walk-out suites, oceanview rooms and suites, penthouse suites, and more.

Which would you choose after taking this look at Sandals Royal Caribbean vs. South Coast? If you’d like help planning your trip, reach out to one of our expert travel advisors here!

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