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Things to do in Negril

Things to do in  Negril

Welcome to Negril

Negril entices visitors with its stunning Seven Mile Beach, which actually only stretches across 4 miles of Jamaica’s westernmost shores. (But it’s gorgeous, so we’ll forgive the misnomer.) Guided half- and full-day tours let you experience the island’s tropics by foot, horseback, cruise, ATV, and zipline, with something for every level of adventurer. Tour the West End area of Negril’s steep cliffs to observe the dramatic, crashing turquoise waves and fiery Caribbean sunset. Take a food tour of Negril to get a taste of the region’s freshly caught fish, famous jerk chicken, and the Jamaican patty (a pastry filled with seasoned beef). Cruise the coast on a daytime tour from Rick’s Café, and sail on a luxury catamaran with an experienced crew, then snorkel among live coral reefs and schools of tropical fish as reggae music plays on board. Water sports’ lovers will want to book a jungle river tube tour to get on top of the crashing waters, or an ATV tour to ride through Sandy Bay, past farming villages and citrus groves. Add on a traditional Jamaican lunch to complete your day. Day trips from Negril lead you to dramatic YS Falls for swimming. Alternatively, grab a seat on a pontoon boat on the Black River; join a trek up Dunn’s River Falls; or tour Nine Mile, Bob Marley’s childhood home.

Top 12 attractions in Negril

Blue Hole

The Blue Hole—alternatively known as the Cool Blue Hole, Secret Falls, or Island Gully—is a natural limestone sinkhole near Ocho Rios. A deep cavern within the tropical mountains of Jamaica, the Blue Hole gets its name from the deep azure hue of the water. Travelers visit to swim, cliff dive, and make their way through the lush rain forest to Secret Falls.More

Rick's Café

High on the cliffs outside Negril, Rick’s Cafe is one of Jamaica’s most enduring institutions. Negril was a sleepy fishing village when Rick’s opened in 1974, and travelers and locals alike still make a pilgrimage to the restaurant and bar for strong cocktails, tasty Jamaican dishes, death-defying cliff divers, and sunset viewing parties.More

Seven Mile Beach

Swaying palm trees, gentle azure waves, and dazzling white sands make Negril’s Seven Mile Beach a postcard-pretty classic. With a nearly permanent spot on myriad “best beaches in the world” lists, you won’t be alone in paradise—but with miles of beach and nearly every water sport available, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.More

Rio Bueno

Reportedly the place where Christopher Columbus first set foot on Jamaican soil, Rio Bueno is a small village east of Montego Bay. People come to the area to take part in water sports on the river.More

Black River

The Black River is one of the longest rivers in Jamaica, flowing west for 33 miles (53 kilometers) until emptying into the Caribbean Sea near Negril. Travelers explore the river and its energetic YS Falls on inflatable tubes, canoes, or kayaks surrounded by lush green jungle and mangroves.More

Blue Mountains

The highest peak, the longest range, the best coffee—Jamaica’s Blue Mountains rightfully claim a handful of superlatives. The mountain range spans 28 miles (45 kilometers) across the rugged eastern portion of Jamaica and offers views of the island’s north and south coasts, and on a clear day, even all the way across the Caribbean Sea to Cuba.More

Negril Cliffs

Rising above the turquoise Caribbean Sea just outside Negril, these gorgeous craggy cliffs define the beauty of Jamaica’s western coast. Away from the large resorts in the north, the cliffs are a base for snorkeling and partying at bars as well as the spot’s most famous activity—diving 40 feet (12 meters) into the deep, clear water below.More

Kool Runnings Adventure Park

As Jamaica’s largest water park, family-friendly Kool Runnings in Negril offers 5 acres (2 hectares) of wet and wild fun for all ages. Separated into two areas, the Water Park features every kind of aquatic activity from multiple waterslides to kayaking, while the Adventure Zone offers go-kart racing, paintball, laser combat, and more.More

Negril Lighthouse

Lighting up the westernmost point of Jamaica, Negril Lighthouse has been guiding ships away from the craggy promontory below since 1894. The landmark stands sentinel at 65 feet (20 meters), and is a popular attraction for travelers yearning for a panoramic bird’s-eye view of Negril’s gorgeous coastline and the endless sea.More
Bubbling Spring Mineral Bath

Bubbling Spring Mineral Bath

Located just inland from the more remote southwest coast of Jamaica, the 100-year-old Bubbling Spring Mineral Bath is a perfect destination for travelers seeking intimate, local places off the tourist trail. Even if you don’t have sore muscles to soothe, soaking in these warm healing waters are sure to get you into the proper island rhythm.More
Bloody Bay

Bloody Bay

Along the west coast of Jamaica, where the crystal azure Caribbean Sea is gentle and warm, this beautiful white sand beach vibrates with the laid-back party buzz of nearby Negril. Locals and travelers alike come to this beach for water sports and a friendly social scene.More
Rhodes Hall Plantation

Rhodes Hall Plantation

Rhodes Hall Plantation is a magnificent 18th-century estate and working fruit plantation on the coast near Negril. The beautiful and diverse terrains allow for myriad nature-based activities: explore the grounds on horseback, hike among thick banana groves and coconut palms, sunbathe on private beaches, and spot crocodiles in the mangroves.More
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All about Negril

When to visit

Negril is at its best from Christmas through to spring, when beachgoers enjoy its tropically warm and dry climate. The town also draws both competitors and spectators during the December Reggae Marathon and the January Sprint Triathlon. Bear in mind, however, that Negril is the island’s spring break hotspot, so it gets very crowded in March. For a quieter visit, consider braving the late spring and early summer rains; they’re heavy but fleeting. Another option is visiting in November, when hurricane season is over.

Getting around

Many of Negril’s shops are restaurants are located on the busy Norman Manley Boulevard, which runs next to Seven Mile Beach between Long Bay and Negril Village. To absorb local vibes, you can walk along the boulevard or catch one of the shared route taxi minibuses, which are recognizable by their red license plates. Most tourists, however, use hotel shuttles or private cabs. You can also book guided tours or rent a scooter or bicycle for short outings.

Traveler tips

While most visitors head to Dunn’s River Falls to climb its terraced waterfall, you can find plenty of other natural attractions in the area—including many that are less crowded and closer to town. Topping the list is the Blue Hole Mineral Spring, located just north of Little Bay on the south coast. Climb down into the grotto on a ladder, and bathe in the cool aquamarine waters, which many believe has therapeutic properties. A cold drink at the nearby bar makes for the perfect finale.

People Also Ask

What is Negril known for?

Located on the far western tip of Jamaica, Negril is a popular beach resort and town. The former fishing village is known for its beautiful beaches, especially renowned Seven Mile Beach, rocky Negril Cliffs popular for cliff jumping, clear turquoise waters ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving, beautiful sunsets, a laid-back vibe, and good food and nightlife options.

How many days is enough for Negril?

You’ll want to spend at least three days in Negril to relax, enjoy its many beaches, try some water sports, and explore nearby attractions such as the YS Falls and Blue Hole Mineral Spring. That said, there’s enough here to fill a week or even two.

Is Negril or Montego Bay better?

It depends on what you are looking for. Negril has better beaches, cliffs, waterfalls, and a more laid-back vibe. Montego Bay, Jamaica’s second-largest city, offers more amenities, cultural attractions, and nightlife, and is much closer to the airport. Both places have plenty of resort options.

Can you walk around in Negril?

Yes, you can walk around Negril, and walking Seven Mile Beach is a popular activity. But Negril is quite spread out—so you may not be able to walk everywhere. Many resorts offer shuttles, and taxis are also readily available.

When is the best time to go to Negril, Jamaica?

Negril has warm weather all year, but the weather during the dry season from December to April is the most comfortable. January to March is peak season and will see the biggest crowds and highest prices. November to mid-December is the time to visit for the best weather, smaller crowds, and lower prices.

Is Negril safe for tourists?

Yes. In general, Negril is quite safe for tourists, especially near the resorts, which usually have security guards. During the day, it’s quite safe to walk the beach and other touristy areas like the West End. It’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution, especially at night.


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