Negril is a sleepy little town on the Western end of Jamaica that comes alive for spring break and Independence Weekend and that’s pretty much it. And that’s the beauty of it. It’s far enough away from Kingston to keep the “town people” from visiting too often but beautiful enough to make them take the trek every year. What’s so magical about this place? Pull up a chair as we go through this list.
1. The 7 Mile Beach
Well…Duh! Of course the beach is number one. It’s what Negril is famous for, that untouched, pristine 7 mile beach with amazing turquoise waters dotted with our vibrant culture and vibe. There’s nothing else, nowhere else like it and I’m craving it right now as I type this. I love that this beach is shared with high end resorts and small shack huts. A quick walk along the beach will immerse you in the true Jamaican culture, everything from the laid back rasta man on his fishing boat, to the hustler peddling jewelry and wares, to the naked tourist walking about, to the rich/wild kids jetting around on skis. Pick a spot and laze all day with a daiquiri and a book and enjoy some authentic jerk chicken.
2. The superb sunsets!
They are breathtaking. Remember, I mentioned that Negril is on Jamaica’s western end so if there are no clouds in the sky? Man! Our Creator shows up and shows out! Dinner by any of Negril’s cliff or beachside restaurants will be romantically lit as soon as the sun starts to go down. Or jump on a boat with a beer and some company and watch the magic happens as the sun goes down.
3. The Food.
Whether you’re sticking to our famous jerk chicken with festivals or rice and peas or you’re going with grilled lobster brought in straight from the sea a few minutes before, you’re mouth is about to explode with the flavours of Negril. But don’t let me tell it, hear it from this Chef who travelled to the island.
4. The Parties!
Twice per year, Negril gets absolutely wild. Like, you may lose your bikini in the pool or the ocean wild! And that is Spring Break and our Independence Week which is the first week in August. Spring Break is popular with the college tourists, but locals takeover and get on BAD for Independence. All hotels are booked, all shacks are booked, you’re lucky if you can find an empty hammock on the beach around these times! I’ve done it several years and had the time of my life. Don’t miss out. But if you’re looking for a more laid back kinda vibe, there’s Easter Weekend and there’s several times to catch a good beach bonfire with some live Reggae Music in Negril throughout the year.
5. Cliff diving
Rick’s Cafe in Negril is probably as old as I am if not older and keeps going strong because of its excellent location with crystal clear blue waters deep enough to take a dive from high up on the rocks. Grab a beer and watch locals jump and do all kinda tricks and after a few, try it yourself! (Actually, you may want to do this as sober as possible) There are several other spots on the cliff side of Negril that you can take a jump and lose your drawers, all equally beautiful. On the flip side, catch a glass bottom boat ride or go snorkelling in Negril to see the beautiful underworld. You’ll see my recollection of having done these things here. What an amazing adventure.
6. Swim with the dolphins
I did this in Ocho Rios some years ago and I can’t wait to go again! These animals are amazing, read my post about my swim with them here.
7. The Wedding Photos!
Or..hey..the selfies! I consider myself very lucky that I do not have to get on a plane to have myself a destination wedding with photos as amazing as these. Negril has every type of accommodation available from large all-inclusive resorts, to clothing optional spots to boutique hotels, BNBs and Guesthouses that offer different experiences and packages but they all have one thing in common, the breathtaking beauty of Negril. Now, imagine if that last photo was at sunset…
Been recently? What are some other amazing things about Negril that I left out?