Negril Jamaica is home to miles of pristine sand beaches, crystal clear waters and dramatic rugged cliffs; a stunning combination of landscapes that cannot be found anywhere else on the island. The locals call Negril the “Capital of Casual” for its informal island vibe.
Travelers wanting to relax soaking up the sun, shopping at upscale boutique hotels and heading to colorful reggae joints will find Negril to be the perfect destination. It’s located between the Jamaican parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland west of Montego Bay and features Caribbean hallmarks like white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. Despite its popularity as a mainstream tourist destination, there’s plenty of opportunity for travelers to visit Negril and find total relaxation. Let our Negril Jamaica Vacations guide show you the way. And for other great Jamaica beach destinations, visit our Jamaica Travel Guide.
Negril Weather (When to Visit)
July is the hottest month in Negril with an average temperature of 83°F and the coldest is January at 76°F with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in July. The wettest month is October with an average of 130 mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in July when the average sea temperature is 84°F. The best time to visit Negril is November to mid-December. That’s when Negril’s already beautiful weather (ranging from mid-70s to the high 80s all year-round) is the most pleasant and the hotel and flight deals are the easiest to find. Rates are also cheap during the summer, but you’ll risk the wrath of hurricane season. January to March is the peak travel season to the island — room rates can spike to more than $700 per night at some hotels.
Best Negril Area Beaches
The beach was named after a bird of the same name that migrates there each year to nest. Of course, the only way to get to the island is by boat, but there are various low-priced services that will take you over and pick you up later on. The great thing about Booby Cay is that the island is situated right by a stunning reef, home to all kinds of tropical fish and colorful marine life.
Seven Mile Beach
This is the most famous beach in Negril and the number one stop for most tourists in the area. The sands here are soft and sugary, while the waters are a beautiful sky blue with soft, frothy waves lapping at the shore. It’s a great spot to wade out into the warm Caribbean Sea before heading back to the beach and soak up the sun’s rays with a tropical drink.
A highly popular spot on the Seven Mile Beach strip is Bourbon Beach. This Negril beach location is a prime area for parties and live entertainment. It’s not uncommon to see bands and musicians playing here each evening, offering bit of local flair and fun as the sun goes down.
Bloody Beach as soft, powdery sand and calm waters are waiting to greet you. The nearby coral reef is a nice spot to do some diving and helps to protect the shoreline from rough waves, making it a nice spot for families with young children to do some swimming.
This beach is an adults-only beach offering some stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, especially late in the day when the sun starts to set. Many people gather near this part of the beach in the late afternoons to watch the sky light up in a whole host of reds, oranges, yellows, and golds, and there are lots of loungers and umbrellas to provide a lot of comfort.
Best Negril Tours & Activities by Viator
Negril Highlights Private Tour
Explore the highlights and landmarks of Negril with your own dedicated guide during this private tour. Visit Seven Mile Beach, the Craft Market, the Lighthouse and drive through Orange Hill. Stop at Rick’s Café to see the cliff divers perform and catch the spectacular Caribbean sunset. Round-trip transportation from Negril hotels in a private vehicle is included. Learn more about the Negril Highlights Private Tour.
Negril Small-Group Horseback-Riding Beach Tour
Take an informative all-level horseback ride along the Jamaican shoreline, learning about local flora and fauna as you go. Set out from Negril along lush coastal trails, encountering peacocks, hens and turkeys and enjoying samplings from the island’s native fruit trees. Discover the roles of the area’s medicinal plants like fever grass and aloe vera from your guide, taste sugar from an 18th century mill and mosey through mangroves toward a hidden beach for a trot through Caribbean waters. Learn more about the Negril Small-Group Horseback Riding Tour.
Adventure Tour – Waterfalls, Crocodiles, Appleton Rum Tasting, Pelican Bar
Explore the natural beauty of Jamaica’s scenic South Coast during this private tour with a local guide. Stop at your choice of three local attractions: Appleton Estate, YS Falls, a pontoon boat cruise down the Black River, and Floyd’s Pelican Bar. Enjoy the flexibility and personalized attention that comes with booking a private tour. Round-trip transportation in a private vehicle is included. Learn more about the Adventure Tour.
Private Waterfall Tour: Dunn’s River and Blue Hole
From the must-see cascades at Dunn’s River Falls to the tranquil waters of Blue Hole, Ocho Rios is home to some of Jamaica’s most beautiful natural attractions. Explore these two waterfalls with a private guide on this customizable tour, which includes hotel pickup from Montego Bay, Grand Palladium, or Negril. Learn more about this Private Waterfall Tour.
Mystic Luminescent Lagoon Night Cruise in Jamaica
Cruise on Jamaica’s bioluminescent Luminous Lagoon during this nighttime excursion. Glide around the glowing body of water with a local guide, then slip off the small boat for a dip in the water. Ask your guide questions about this natural wonder while sipping an included rum punch. This family-friendly activity includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, or Negril. Learn more about the Mystic Luminescent Lagoon Night Cruise.
Best Negril Restaurants
3 Dives Under $10 Previously featured on The Amazing Race, the 3 Dives jerk stand is named for the surrounding limestone cliffs, which provide great diving spots as well as stunning views of the sea. The 3 Dives stand is best known for its jerk chicken served with Granny Sauce, although the seasonal grilled lobster with garlic butter is also popular. After dark, live bands and magicians perform around a bonfire. Telephone: 876-782-9990 Web: 3 Dives
Alfred’s Ocean Palace $11 – 30 Popular with the locals, Alfred’s Ocean Palace is a casual restaurant, entertainment venue, and hotel situated on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach. The simple, concrete restaurant provides both dining room seating and outdoor tables. Alfred’s also hosts nightly concerts, including high-energy reggae shows on Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. The bands are often accompanied by local fire-breathers, contortionists, dancers, and comedians. Telephone: 876-957-4669 Web: Alfred’s Ocean Palace
Country Peppa Restaurant $11 – 30 The emphasis here is on Jamaican specialties such as ackee and saltfish, crab and coconut dip, and jerk chicken angel hair pasta with a sauce of cream, tomatoes, and spices. Country Peppa is also a bit of a breakfast icon on Seven Mile Beach, thanks mainly to dishes like banana pancakes, honey French toast, and omelets served with bacon, fresh fruit, and Blue Mountain coffee. Telephone: 876-957-4273 Web: Country Peppa Restaurant
Murphy’s West End Restaurant $11 – 30 Murphy’s is a simple beach hut serving spectacular breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You’ll enjoy homemade food and filling portions, for a very reasonable price. Hammocks hang under the thatched roof seating area, making it the perfect spot to hang out with friends while sipping ice cold Red Stripe and listening to reggae. Telephone: 876-367-0475 Web: Murphy’s West End Restaurant
Just Natural Under $10 A vegetarian and seafood restaurant nestled on the vegetated cliffs of Negril. Family owned and operated, it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Though the menu isn’t extensive, whatever you order is extremely fresh, having been harvested or caught that day. The decor is simple and rustic, using the best from land and sea to complement the beautiful environment that will surround you no matter where you sit. Telephone: 876-957-0235 Web: Just Natural
Best Negril Nightlife
Alfred’s Ocean Palace Draws mainly locals, but visitors are welcome. Set directly on the beach, it attracts primarily a young party crowd, but if you’re 80, you’ll still be warmly embraced, your cold Red Stripe waiting. The $7 cover is for shows, and in addition to grabbing a drink, you can order a bite to eat until midnight. Particularly interesting is the beach-party area, with a stage for live reggae and jazz acts. You can also boogie on the dance floor inside, shaking to hits you’ll hear at clubs stateside. Telephone: 876-957-4669 Web: Alfred’s Ocean Palace
Risky Business Sits a few feet from the waves. It can be sleepy or manic, depending on the music. In season, you can order burgers and sandwiches, and the Red Stripe is cheap year-round. It’s mostly a young hangout with parties Monday, Thursday, and Saturday beginning at 9pm. Telephone: 876-957-3008 Web: Risky Business
Bourbon Beach (tel. 876/957-4405 The most popular and versatile hangout on Negril Beach. The club features live reggae 3 nights a week. The rum and Red Stripe flow freely through the day and night — at least from 9am to 11pm (and often much later). The club also serves food, including jerk chicken or fresh fish and lobster. Telephone: 876-957-4405 Web: Bourbon Beach
Ivan’s Bar Set on top of beautiful limestone cliffs, enjoy a Red Stripe while listening to the crashing waves against the rocky shores. Stay for sunset and a beautiful view of the changing sky. The restaurant is also one of the best places to eat while in Negril. Telephone: 876-957-0390 Web: Ivan’s Bar
Drifter’s Bar The bar plays music from every genre and decade. Don’t miss Friday and Sunday nights when the house band performs and guests are invited to play their own music too. Luddy Samms (owner & musician) often takes charge in leading the band through a catalog of songs by The Drifters, as well as other Motown, Atlantic, Stax, Blues and Soul songs from the 60s. Telephone: 876-826-2116 Web: Drifter’s Bar.