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.
Weather (When to Go)
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.
More than a dozen places along Norman Manley Blvd and West End Rd rent motorcycles ($40 to $50 per day), scooters ($45 to $40) and bicycles ($10 to $15). Local car-rental companies include Vernon’s Car Rentals and Jus Jeep. High-season rates start at around US$50 per day.
If you are stay in an “all-inclusive” resort, you will probably have access to a courtesy van from the airport. Otherwise, it is easy making your own way from Montego Bay — the lobby of the airport hosts two companies operating minibuses to Negril. The minibus departures are frequent and correspond to flight arrivals. But if you absolutely can’t wait to start your tan, taxis await just outside the airport to wisk you to Negril.
Route taxis cruise the length of Seven Mile Beach and West End Rd all the time. You can flag them down anywhere. The fare between any two points was J$130 at research time during the day (they’ll always take you as far as Negril Sq from either the West End or Seven Mile Beach). In the evenings, it can be up to J$200 per hop.
Blue Hole At this mineral spring about 20 minutes from Negril, near the community of Little Bay, you can jump 22 feet off a cliff or climb down a ladder to swim in the hole’s icy water. Mud around the water’s edge is said to be good for your skin, and the water itself is reputed to have therapeutic properties. For those who cannot jump or climb, water is pumped into a swimming pool at the surface. A bar, grill, cabanas, and a volleyball court add to the attractions. Take a chartered taxi from Negril, or call to organize a pickup.
Kool Runnings Adventure Park Billing itself as the place where “Jamaica comes to play,” this park has 10 water slides and a ¼-mile (½-km) lazy-river float ride, as well as a go-kart track and kayaking. An adventure zone features outdoor laser combat games and Jamboo rafting (on floating bamboo). There is also bungee jumping, a “kool kanoe” adventure, a wave pool, and paintball. Admission varies by age and area, and the All for One Plan covers both the water park and fun zone.
Negril Beach Stretching for 7 miles—from Bloody Bay in the north along Long Bay to the cliffs on the southern edge of town—this long, white-sand beach is probably Jamaica’s finest. Some stretches remain undeveloped, but these are increasingly few. Along the main stretch, the sand is public to the high-water mark, and visitors and vendors parade from end to end. The walk is sprinkled with good beach bars and open-air restaurants, some of which charge a small fee to use their beach facilities.
Great Morass This virtually impenetrable swamp of mangroves stretches from the South Negril River to Orange Bay. The swamp is the island’s second-largest freshwater wetland system and forms a refuge for endangered waterfowl. American crocodiles still cling to life here and are occasionally seen at the mouth of the Orange River.
Mayfield Falls Expert tour guides lead small groups to a series of waterfalls in the middle of the rain forest. The river may seem daunting, but don’t be afraid to follow your guide out of your comfort zone and into the falls’ nooks and crannies.
Things to do in Negril
Joe Cool Taxi and Tours Jamaica Joe Cool Taxi And Tours offers airport transfers and tours throughout Jamaica. With Joe Cool Taxi And Tours you don’t have a time limit on tours, that means one price and you’re ready on your own time. Your driver stay with you the whole time while you are on tours. With Joe Cool Taxi your driver is your security and your tour guide. For more information call +1 876-390-1614, or visit them on the web at Joe Cool Taxi & Tours.
Dream Team Divers Boasting over 20 years of experience in Negril’s exotic waters alone, they provide instructors for both PADI and SSI certifications,
both English and German, and offer private shore dives on the Westend. For more information call +1 876-957-0054, or visit them on the web at Dream Team Divers.
Chukka Caribbean Adventures Offering tours to exclusive locations at Sandy Bay and Montpelier Jungle Outpost and a wide range of activities including ATV, Dune Buggy, Jeep Safari, Zipline, river Tubing and the original horseback ride and swim. Visit their unique zipline above YS Falls. For more information call +1 877-424-8552, or visit them on the web at Chukka Caribbean Adventures.
Island Routes Caribbean Adventures Discover Dunn’s River Falls, zip line through the mountains, swim with the dolphins, river tube at River Bumpkin Farm, hop on a bamboo raft and so much more! Island Routes is an independently-operated tour company that handpicks the best of the best things to do and see in the Caribbean. For more information call +1 877-768-8370, or visit them on the web at Island Routes Caribbean Adventures.
Fly High Parasailing Jamaica Fly High Parasailing Is Located On The 7 Miles Beach Next To Drifters Bar In Negril. You Can Start There Or Call Them For Pick Up On Your Hotel Beach. For more information call +1 876-365-6931, or visit them on the web at Fly High Parasailing Jamaica.
Best Negril Restaurants
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$ 3 Dives 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 casual, wood-and-cement restaurant is decorated with colorful murals and graffiti, while the open-air dining pavilions are furnished with bright red and green picnic tables. The 3 Dives stand is best known for its jerk chicken served with Granny Sauce (a spicy homemade barbecue sauce), although the seasonal grilled lobster with garlic butter is also popular. After dark, live bands and magicians perform around a bonfire. For more information call +1 876-782-9990, or visit them on the web at 3 Dives.
$$ – $$$ Alfred’s Ocean Palace 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, which are illuminated by candlelight after dark. The ever-changing menu emphasizes fresh seafood, with options including fish-and-chips, curried conch, and broiled lobster served with rice and peas. Dishes are paired with Red Stripe or fresh fruit cocktails from the bar. 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. For more information call +1 876-957-4669, or visit them on TripAdvisor at Alfred’s Ocean Palace.
$$ – $$$ Country Peppa Restaurant 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. For more information call +1 876-957-4273, or visit them on TripAdvisor at Country Peppa Restaurant.
$$ – $$$ Murphy’s West End Restaurant 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. Have their jerk chicken served with rice and peas and fried plantains for a taste of a Jamaican classic. For more information call +1 876-367-0475, or visit them on the web at Murphy’s West End Restaurant.
$ Just Natural 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. The cooks and hosts are attentive and friendly, making you feel relaxed and at home in their small Eden by the sea. For more information call +1 876-957-0235, or visit them on TripAdvisor at 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. For more information call +1 876-957-4669, or visit them on TripAdvisor at 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. There’s no cover. For more information call +1 876-957-3008, or visit them on the web at 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. For more information call +1 876-957-4405, or visit them on the web at 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. For more information call +1 876-957-0390, or visit them on the web at 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. For more information call +1 876-826-2116, or visit them on the web at Drifter’s Bar.
Best Negril Hotels
Sandals Negril Beach All Inclusive Resort & Spa
Sandals Negril Beach All Inclusive Resort and Spa – Couples Only is located in Negril. With free WiFi, this 5-star resort offers water sports facilities and free shuttle service. A tour desk can provide information on the area. This decadently carefree resort is nestled within lushly landscaped acres along the island’s legendary Seven-Mile Beach, putting you closer to the water than anywhere else in Negril. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Sandals Negril Beach All Inclusive Resort & Spa.
The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel
A true adult’s only luxury escape, located on the West End Cliffs of Negril, Jamaica. 18 Handcrafted stone cottages with spectacular tropical gardens and cliff side organic dining enhance your Spa escape. An ideal destination for couples, women’s Spa retreats, men’s Spa & golf getaway, individual wellness retreat, weddings and honeymoons, The Spa Retreat features a full-service luxury day spa offering classic aesthetic treatments with a Jamaican flair. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel.
Catcha Falling Star
This lovely little cliff resort property overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Catcha Falling Star is truly the “Gem of Jamaica”. Nestled among the top of the Negril cliffs on the West End with a spectacular view of the sea below will make you want to “linger longer” in Negril, Jamaica! These seaside cliff cottages, suites plus our new addition Coral and Sky capture the true essence and ambiance of Jamaica. Now yours to discover. . . A priceless experience! For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Catcha Falling Star.
Villas Sur Mer
Villas Sur Mer is a boutique resort in Negril where guests are guaranteed luxurious accommodations with a chic rustic feel. Take a walk through lush tropical gardens and discover 11 detached lagoon cottages, each boasting it’s own unique feature and style. Whether it be an all-wood tree-house style with terraces overlooking treetops or the waterfall pool, or soothing white Moroccan flair with oversize soaking tub and rain shower, get ready to enjoy the best of Negril. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Villas Sur Mer.
Zimbali Culinary Retreats
Located in the lush jungle outside of Negril, Zimbali Retreats offers guests a recognized restaurant serving fresh food from its on-site farm, free Wi-Fi and rustic décor. Meals are included at this property. The suites and cottages at Zimbali Retreats come with a private bathroom, a fan and a desk. All feature a kitchenette with fridge and coffee maker. The on-site restaurant serves organic food and is ranked #1 in the Farm to Table cooking tour. It also offers special vegan and vegetarian gluten-free dishes, plus it features a professional private chef cooking. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Zimbali Culinary Retreats.