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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.
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.
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.
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.
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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