Famed for the idyllic stretch of its 11km-long beach, Negril provides a paradisiacal escape to sun-seekers, serving up relaxing and peaceful vibes for a truly unforgettable 2017 holiday.
Should you be looking for something more adventurous and vibrant, Negril has you covered too, nightlife in Negril is exciting and bursting with music and plenty of restaurants and cafés right on the beach; and if you take a trip to Montego Bay - the second largest city in Jamaica - you’ll find an extra abundance of exciting activities everywhere—including zip-lining in the jungle!
Maybe you’re looking to enjoy some nature on your getaway? Jamaica is also known for its fantastic waterfalls, and you’ll find that it’s very easy to reach many of the most spectacular ones from Negril—particularly the Mayfield and YS waterfalls, which are the closest.
Last but not least, you can’t skip visiting Nine Miles, famous for being Bob Marley’s home town. The place is incredibly picturesque and Bob Marley’s family still lives here, so you’ll be sure to feel his energy and spirit imbuing the whole place.
The locals call this city the "Capital of Casual”, so you know what to expect from your holiday in Negril: lots of fun, a relaxed feel and a dose of jungle adventure.
At a glance
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +-5
- Average flight time: 10h 5m
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Take a glass-bottomed boat ride for an incredible day out, and for an even more incredible experience make sure to take one with snorkelling included. If you fancy exploring the area you’re staying in, there are some beautiful sites to encounter that will see you gladly move off the sand for a day or two. The Roaring River Park offers fantastic scenery and includes a limestone cave through which the Roaring River flows, and the Negril Cliffs - which are the resort’s other party piece and were used as a backdrop in the Bond film ‘Thunderball’ - will delight you with the striking formations are one of most memorable coastal scenes in the whole of Jamaica. Absorbing their majesty from the water is probably the best vantage point, either from the deck of a vibrant party boat or the more lucid seat of a local’s fishing vessel. While you’re here, why not make a quick trip to Cuba? You can easily find companies that offer two-day tours that include air transportation and even local accommodation, if you intend to stay longer.
Wine and Dine
One of the typical Jamaican foods is jerk chicken slowly roasted on a grill, and you can certainly find it easily in Negril—cooked in different versions and blended with a variety of spices. For a typical Jamaican breakfast, go for fried ackee - a fruit - and saltfish - fish baked in salt. Might sound unusual, but the combination is pretty good!
Along the beach you can find several restaurants and bars which offer a variety of great food at good prices, so follow your fancy and try as much as you can. The Sweet Spice Restaurant is a favourite of locals and visitors alike; but in the evening, head to the Canoe Beach Bar Grill to savour some delicious food while watching one of the fantastic sunsets. Don’t miss Rick’s Café, one of the best bars in the Caribbean. Located on the cliff-side, you can even take plunge into the exceptionally blue sea waters right from it!
In Negril life revolves around the beach, so you can be sure that you and your family will have tons of fun, especially if you choose one of the many family resorts in the area for your holidays in Negril. If you’re in for some fun, head off to Kool Runnings Adventure Park or Kool Runnings Water Park to enjoy all the activities this double park has to offer; water slides, raft, kayak, go-kart racing, bungee trampoline, paintball and several swimming pools, and you can even enjoy an all-action laser battle at the Laser Kombat field!
With its beautiful beach, tons of sunshine, and music everywhere, you can be sure the whole family will have the time of their lives!
Action and Adventure
Looking for adventure? You’ll certainly find plenty to do in this area - including water-skiing. Don’t miss out on snorkelling and scuba-diving, Negril offers unparalleled underwater landscapes graced by crystal clear waters, coral reefs, and colourful marine life and you’ll easily find certified instructors offering diving and snorkelling tours, as well as the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification should you be interested in gaining one. Deep-sea fishing and boat trips are among the several activities you can enjoy during your holidays in Negril, while various tours will allow holidaymakers to explore the further reaches of the Jamaican coast. A trip to Montego Bay is essential and will expose you to the hustle and bustle of the country’s most engrossing coastal resort. Then why not add some fun by heading off to Kool Runnings Adventure Park or Kool Runnings Water Park? You’ll be up for some fantastic entertainment, including water slides, raft, kayak, go-kart racing, bungee trampoline, paintball, several swimming pools - and even all-action laser battle at the Laser Kombat field!
To top it off, for a truly unforgettable holiday, it’s highly recommended that you see the island while horse-back riding.
Life's a Beach
There’s only one beach in Negril but what a beach it is! Seven miles of beautiful white sand, and warm, shallow clear waters. Calm waters and soft sands define this Jamaican resort and beach lovers will find no better haven to camp out in during their time in the country, especially if they’re looking to catch up on their beauty sleep in the sun. Beyond catching the rays on the sand, the beach also boasts a colourful and healthy coral reef just offshore, promising some wonderful snorkelling and diving experiences for adventurous types on their holidays to Negril.
If you feel like wandering off, head off to Bloody Bay. According to the legend, this place got its name from a violent pirate battle but today it is a beautiful public beach with crystal clear waters. It’s also less crowded, so if you’re looking for some complete relaxation, don’t miss it.
Negril is famous for its nightlife scene peppered with live reggae shows. If you want to party, head to the Norman Manley Boulevard, where reggae beats will keep you dancing all night long. The Jungle Night Club is on the main road parallel to the beach and is also great for a night out. Alternatively, head off to Montego Bay, the second largest city in Jamaica, to savour the hustle and bustle of the nightlife of a big Jamaican city. You might also want to visit Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and enjoy the open-air dining under its thatched roof.
If you are a true Bob Marley fan, consider timing your trip with the annual weeklong Bob Marley Birthday Bash, it features popular reggae artistes performing tributes in honour of the biggest Jamaican music icon of all times.
Negril’s beach has been rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world, and the unforgettable sunsets and astounding waterfalls will make for the perfect 2017 holiday with your partner. Enjoy the nightlife and the lively music scene, then head off to The Royal Palm Reserve to discover a hundred of plant species and over 300 animal species—including some of Jamaica’s most beautiful birds. Visit the Mayfield Falls where you can to enjoy 44 mineral pools and 21 natural Jacuzzis, and don’t skip visiting the Negril’s Lighthouse, standing strong since 1894: you can climb its 103 steps to enjoy an incredible view of the Caribbean Sea. Sunsets from its top are simply breathtaking.
Hire a Tour Guide to show you around the area of Negril and to get the most out of your holiday in Jamaica. If you’re an art enthusiast, Ja-Ja Originals Art Gallery - which is located in the Coco La Palm Hotel - is a must-see, as it includes the works of some of the most famous Jamaica artists. Explore the Jamaican culture and its reggae folklore by visiting the most iconic reggae places, including a trip to Nine Miles, home to Bob Marley, where he is buried. Then why not follow up exploring the heritage and traditions of Jamaica’s revival churches? Here you where you can learn about the local ceremonies, listen to the choir singing hymns, and even witness some dancing rituals. You’ll find that music, sunshine, friendliness, and spirituality mix effortlessly in Jamaica, creating an experience you won’t easily forget!