Start Planning Your Jamaica Vacation
Known for its laid back approach to life, Negril and its world-renowned Seven Mile Beach attracts visitors looking for a quiet Jamaican beach retreat. Turquoise blue waters, white sands and palm trees add to the tranquility of the island’s pristine beaches. But don’t worry, if you want something a little more adventurous, this West coast haven offers plenty of outdoor activities, too. Spend your day snorkeling in the reefs, deep-sea fishing in the seas or join in on one of Negril’s claims to fame, cliff jumping. Whether you take it easy or go on a wild cliff jump, Negril’s the place to go.
Mapping Out Jamaica
When you set out to discover Jamaica, Montego Bay, a bustling hub of activity, earns its reputation for being the “tourism capital” with its lively street markets, road side food vendors and beaches aimed more for action-packed water activities than for lazing on a hammock in the sun. To discover some of the prettiest waterfalls and lush tropical foliage, heading to Ocho Rios will be well-worth your time. If you prefer island life with a more native flare, then vacationing in Negril will be what you want. Negril is also home to one of the prettiest beaches in all of Jamaica, Seven Mile Beach. Located on the East side of the island, Kingston is the country’s capital and its cultural and financial center. Here you’ll find Jamaican city life at its finest. And when you’ve had enough of the city life, you can explore the nearby Blue Mountains, known for their coffee beans, trails, rivers and waterfalls.
Without a doubt, Negril is one of the world’s best locations to watch the sunset. It's on the western tip of Jamaica and when the sun sets, it's like it falls off the sea. You'll want to make sure you grab your camera when you head out for the night. It's a photo op moment, for sure.
You might even want to book a sunset cruise so you can experience this glorious sight from the sea! Drinks, dinner and a romantic setting to celebrate this vacation - yes, please! Watching the sunset from the beach, pool or patio at your resort will be just as spectacular, though. The brilliant colors will amaze you, so don't miss out on this sight!
Seven Mile Wonder
Once you see the sugary white sands on this beach, you’ll understand why most of the Negril resorts are nestled along the Seven Mile Beach. Add translucent, turquoise waters and palm trees to this picture and it’s easy to understand its reputation as the gem of the island.
The beach can be busy and there might be some vendors along the shores, but you can also find a quiet spot to relax. The water is perfect for snorkeling, too. And it truly is clean, well-cared for and very serene. Spending the day basking in the sun on Seven Mile Beach won't be too shabby of a day for you. And, you'll have plenty of beach bars in the area when you need to quench your thirst. Sit back and relax on this seven mile wonder.
Meet Me at Rick's
You can’t go to Negril without visiting the most popular restaurant in Negril. In fact, this might be the most popular restaurant in Jamaica! Inspired by the bar in the movie Casablanca, it’s the place locals and visitors flock to, to take in the evening’s sunset, grab a cocktail and watch the cliff jumpers. If you haven't seen anyone jump off the cliffs, make sure you stick around long enough to see someone jump in to the ocean.
Hanging on the back deck at Rick's is the place to see all the action. And, you can always find fresh fish on the menu and any drink you can challenge the bartender to concoct. Mix this with the funk of reggae music playing in the background and you got yourself one happening spot to hang out while you're in Negril.
Mayfield Falls is the perfect spot for nature lovers! If you've been to other waterfall parks, then you know how gorgeous they are. And if you never have seen one, then Mayfield Falls is just the place for you. This 5-acre span hosts the perfect environment for camping, hiking and picnicking. And that’s just the beginning of what you can discover here.
Get close to the natural landscape by cave diving or relaxing in one of the natural Jacuzzis. You can also learn some of the local traditions by taking folk dancing classes or learn how to prepare some of the exotic local cuisine. It doesn't have that overcrowded tourist feel to it, either. And on the drive there, you'll pass through Jamaican villages and lush scenery. Make sure you bring water shoes because you'll want to splash around in the cool waters!
Under the Sea
Negril is the best place to go in Jamaica if you're an avid scuba diver or snorkeler. In fact, 45 diving and snorkeling sites are available at the Negril Marine Park.
You can check out the coral-encrusted formations at the reef site "The Arches". If you want to see the docile nurse sharks, then "Shark Reef" is the place for you. You can find sea turtles, barracuda and dolphins among the colorful corals in "The Throne Room". And, if you're a serious diver, then "Deep Plane" is the place for you. The depth of this daring site is 90 feet. The corals, the vibrant marine life and the variety of sea life you'll see are spectacular.
Negril Quick Facts
English is the official language; however, Jamaicans speak in their own Patois, a Jamaican vernacular.
The official currency is the Jamaican dollar. Some places will take the US Dollar.
Jamaica does not have a standard electrical outlet. You will either have 110v or 220v, so packing an adapter is a good idea.
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Negril.
The water in Jamaica is, for the most part, safe to drink. Check to make sure it is desalinated and if it's not, then stick to bottled water.
Central Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
Peak season in Jamaica is mid-December – mid-April.