If you have three days in the town of Negril, in western Jamaica, you can enjoy a relaxing combination of beach time and outdoor activities in the nearby countryside, including climbing through waterfalls, zipping through jungle canopies, and riding horses on the beach. Here are some ways to spend 72 hours in this resort destination.
Day 1: Relaxing in Negril
Start your trip with a private sightseeing tour to get oriented, and check out attractions such as Seven Mile Beach. Afterwards head to the beach to swim, sunbathe, join a game of beach volleyball, go snorkeling or parasailing, or hop on a glass-bottom boat tour. Alternatively, you can head to Kool Runnings Adventure Park, a water park that offers a family-friendly way to stay cool, or take a catamaran cruise to nearby hotspots such as Floyd’s Pelican Bar. In the evening, find a great place to view the sunset, whether from a beachside bar or on a cruise to Rick’s Cafe, a popular watering hole on top of coastal cliffs. Later, check out Negril’s bars and clubs on a nightlife tour.
Day 2: Surrounding Adventures
On your second day, get active: Head out on a tour to the Black River and the well-known YS Falls, where you can take a boat ride, enjoy fresh-water swimming, and climb the tiers of a waterfall. You can also take zipline tours through the lush jungle canopy, horseback rides, and ATV tours that take you past villages and along off-road tracks.
After you get your adrenaline going, make a stop at the Appleton Estate (which is included on some outdoor adventure tours) for some local rum, then head inland a bit to the Zimbali Mountain Cooking Studio for a cooking demonstration and dinner. End the day on Jamaica’s north coast with a boat ride on the Luminous Lagoon, where microorganisms create a natural shimmer in the dark water.
Day 3: Go Exploring
Jamaica has no shortage of attractions that show off the island’s lush natural beauty, and many are within easy reach of Negril. Take a day trip to Dunn’s River Falls and Park, near Ocho Rios, one of the island’s most popular locations. You can climb up the terraced waterfall, admire the scenic countryside, and go snorkeling; some tours even include a catamaran cruise. Then, for one last adventure, head to nearby Blue Hole, a natural swimming hole with a waterfall where you can climb, jump, and swim.