Staying in Negril is an experience like no other in Jamaica. For years, Negril has been rated as one of the top 10 beach destinations in the world by many travel magazines. If you need a genuine retreat from everyday life to rejuvenate your body and soul, then a visit to Negril will offer the experience of Utopia with little restrictions while you relax on this piece of heaven on earth.
Located in Western Jamaica, Negril extends from the 19th century Negril Lighthouse at Negril Point in the parish of Westmoreland, to Bloody Bay in the Parish of Hanover. Once you arrive in Jamaica at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, it will take approximately an hour-and-a-half to two hours to get to Negril, depending on traffic. Just sit back and relax because it is a beautiful ride, complete with great scenery. Jamaica’s newly developed roads make for a smooth journey and most bus drivers will keep you entertained during the ride.
From the moment you enter into Negril, you are taken aback by miles of a pristine white sand beach with crystal clear water that stretches for more than six kilometers along a sandbar of Negril, known as the “7-Mile Beach.” Negril has been dubbed the “Capital of Casual” as residents carry out business and pleasure efficiently with the least amount of formality.
Staying in Negril
Negril offers a wide variety of places to stay to match any budget, from high end all-inclusive resorts such as Riu, Sandals, Grand Lido and Beaches, to quaint boutique hotels to small affordable rooms and cottages. Negril offers hotel after hotel, none more than two stones high, grace the shoreline. All-inclusive hotels are very big in Negril and most of those resorts welcome the day visitors who can purchase a day pass which will allows them the use of their beach facilities, buffets and access to drinks at their beach bars. A fee of $50-$100 per person is very well worth it for food and drink if you had to pay for everything you consumed a-la-carte.
There are many great restaurants complete with an active nightlife, but the most popular one in Negril is Rick’s Café. For 30 years, the world famous restaurant and tourist attraction has proven to be an enduring icon on the landscape of Negril because the cliffs boast a magnificently unrivaled view of the Caribbean’s most spectacular sunset. People from all over the world mix and mingle over food, drinks and water activities, but its real claim to fame is a place to watch the cliff jumpers; a vast mix of tourists and locals alike who literally jump at the chance of diving off the 40-foot cliff. Rick’s is considered one of the 1,000 places to go before you die.
Negril Yatch Club
No stay in Negril is complete unless you check out The Negril Yacht Club, located on the Lighthouse Road. It is the single-stop location for water sports and offers kayak and snorkel rentals with some of the best snorkeling in town. Daily sunset and nude cruises are available as well as water taxis to the beach and glass bottom boat tours. Deep-sea fishing charters also run from the Yacht Club.