7 miles of pure white beach, a lazy resort town and magnificent people. That is essentially Negril in a nutshell. If you truly want to experience the best of what Jamaica has to offer, sun and sand, then negril is it!
Things to Do in Negril
There are a lot of things to do in Negril, it depends on what you are looking for.
The 7 Mile Beach: Negril is home to the expansive Seven Mile Beach which is famous for its beautiful white sand and shallow waters. If you’re looking for the proverbial sand, sun and sea vacation, then Negril’s beaches are the best you can get.
Restaurants: Some of Jamaica’s best food spots can be found in Negril. The town has a very dense concentration of restaurants and most of them are good. Negril’s eats range from local cuisine to Chinese, Italian and Middle Eastern.
Rick’s Café: Rick’s café is one of many restaurants in Negril, but few people go for the food. The café is perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea and has the most amazing views. It’s undoubtedly the best place in Jamaica to watch the sun set. In addition, the location offers cliff jumping for the not so faint at heart! While it does get crowded, visitors have the option to rent private cabanas where they get a designated server from the restaurant/bar.
The Cays: Negril is surrounded by several tiny cays that make for an adventurous boat tour. The most common and visitor friendly is Booby Cay, located off the coast of the Seven Mile Beach. The cay is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs that make the area perfect for snorkeling.
Beggars: Beggars are a big problem in Negril and they seem to be everywhere from outside of the resorts to some of the local beaches. While adults are usually the culprits, many of them have trained their children to be ‘hustlers’.
Distance: Negril is a bit of a distance away from the closest airport in Montego Bay. If you don’t mind the additional bus/car journey then the drive is worth it, but if you’d prefer to be near the airport then this destination might not be for you. The drive from the airport will take you at least an hour and 45 minutes.