Negril Jamaica Vacations

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.  

Getting Around

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.

Negril Attractions

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.



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32 Comments

  1. stefanie taylor

    Oh WOW, Jamaica looks amazing and is yet another place on my bucket list (you seem to have many of these on your wonderful website ha ha). My sister-in-law has just recently got back from a Jamaica holiday and she said it was one of the best she had been on. Full of it she was! And we both like a bit of reggae too so the music in the bars out there must be really good 🙂

    I especially love the look of Negril. Imagine jumping 20 feet into that Blue Hole; don’t think I’ve got the guts for that but I now my fearless boyfriend would love it.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Jamaica is beautiful. The blue hole is a sight all in its own, and I wouldn’t do the jump either LOL. Thanks for stopping by Stefanie.

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  2. Norman Richards

    This really sounds like a vacation spot and a get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Getting away to an island paradise sure can work wonders. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing information which I am sure your readers will enjoy.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Norman and yes, it is an island paradise 🙂

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  3. Joseph William Stasaitis

    Great info on Negril Jamaica. I am planning a vacation here and so this has been very informative and detailed. Exactly what I need! Thanks so much.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Joseph, thanks for stopping by and I am glad I could help 🙂

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  4. Lane

    First of all, I love reading your blog. Just being on your pages make me feel relaxed.

    Secondly, I was quite taken aback with the value of the J$130. I had to look that up and Jamaican money is .04 on the American dollar. I guess each nation would have to do their own calculations.

    Thirdly, I’m a Sandals girl even though The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel rivals it.

    However, I was curious about the Zimbali Culinary Retreats. The word culinary in the name makes we wonder, do they teach cooking classes. When I clicked on the link, their description matched yours, but I couldn’t help but to wonder if they accidentally left a work out. In other words, the last sentence in their description says ” It also offers special vegan and vegetarian gluten-free dishes, plus it features a professional private chef cooking.” I couldn’t help but to wonder if it is a professional private chef cooking class.

    Anyhoo, Jamaica is a place that I want to visit – especially during the best weather, not the $700 per night time.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Lane, yes they do offer cooking classes on the Zimbali Culinary Retreats. I am sure that must be the reason for the name. If you are a foodie, than this is the place for sure. I would have a tough decision between this hotel and the Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel. Both are wonderful. I hope I answered your questions. Thank you for stopping by and visiting Negril Jamaica Vacations.

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  5. Daniella

    One of my cousins is living in Jamaica, more precisely in Montego Bay and I thought it would be nice to visit him this summer. Your article made me want to flight right now! When we go on vacation, we love to have some beers with friends. I was just wondering if alcohol is expensive in Jamaica? Anyway, maybe you some cheap stores?

    Thanks again!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well alcohol is a bit more expensive. Anything imported is going to be more expensive. If you drink Jamaican Rum, then you are in good hands 🙂 Have a wonderful time!

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  6. Dylan

    Hi. Thank you for this thorough, well-organised information. Things I haven’t even thought about yet are covered with details and contact information. The food sounds amazing and the pricing guide for the restaurants is a good touch. And seeing that video, I can already imagine soaking up some sun on that pristine beach and the Blue Hole, parasailing and zip line parts are perfect for an adventurer like me. I just don’t see the need for all those features in those fancy hotels when the island and beach itself has so much to offer. What about less pricey accommodations that will allow you to go out and spend more time exploring the real Jamaica instead of relaxing in a spa, playing golf or swimming in a pool?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      There are those too Dylan.  You can go for a less expensive hotel minus all the thrills.  That is generally how I travel, as I don’t spend any time in the room, other than to sleep.  I will add a bargain hotel to the list 🙂 so make sure you check back!

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  7. Beauty In A Maze

    This looks absolutely amazing! But, wow, $700 per night? That’s madness, yet at the same time it makes me think that if they’re able to charge that much and stay in business then there are enough people going to allow those businesses to stay alive. It also makes me think that it must be awesome since so many people are going every year and I’m sure a lot of people make it a yearly trip!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, the $700 is definitely for a reason.  It is popular and beautiful.  People will pay the price as and there is plenty of demand 🙂  

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  8. Clement

    Great and amazing post, I always cherish post that  involves learning about a new place or location, Your review of negril is completely cool and I will love to go there someday, July is the best Month to swim? That’s incredible!! What about that blue hole, am a little bit scared that it is not safe for newbies. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Clement, July just has the warmest water.  You can swim anytime in Jamaica.  The Blue Hole is very safe, and you would enjoy 🙂  Thanks for stopping by Negril Jamaica Vacations.

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  9. Michael

    wow I had no idea how beautiful jamaca really was. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii but after reading your post I think I’d rarher go here now.

    Also you say the best time to go is December? That would be perfect, because I could escape the cold where I live and go to a hot sunny beach instead.

    Also it looks like there’s no shortage of things to do while there, so I know I’ll never be bored.

    Thank you again for sharing this with us. I’ll bookmark as a place to go.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, December and January are going to be the best months to visit Negril Jamaica.  And what a wonderful way to escape the cold!  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  10. Jenny Hennig

    I enjoyed your post on Negril Jamaica, I have never been, but after seeing all the beautiful pictures and reading about the attractions, I will definitely put it on my list of places to see.  I would want to go in November or December, as you said that’s the best time to visit.  The Blue Hole looks stunning, I would take the steps down instead of jumping off the cliff though.  The Catcha Falling Star resort sounds really nice, and I love the name.  I can picture myself there, enjoying the sandy beaches and blue water.  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You will have to visit Negril Jenny.  And it sounds like it will be the perfect place for you!  Always nice to go in the winter and escape the cold.  Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

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  11. sheilandc

    wow this is a very beautiful place to go. This is definitely worth adding to me and my sister’s bucket list of places to visit. We both love nature, the beach, hotels, stunning landscapes anything about nature. This perfect article, it tells everything we need to know. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Negril Jamaica Vacations Sheila.  You are right, sounds like the perfect destination for you! 

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  12. Sondra M

    As I sit here , the snow is falling outside and the temperatures are freezing.   So a Jamaican beach vacation sounds amazing.   Zimbali Culinary suites with it be ranked #1 farm to table cooking tour sounds like something I would like to have on my list.   I participate in the farm to table movement in the US.    I think I would enjoy a guided tour to the waterfalls also.   I would love the opportunity to photograph such beautiful waterfalls.    

    Well, I think it is time for me to seriously look at my calender to figure out a time to go on a holiday to Negril, Jamaica. Thank you for bring it to my attention.  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed reading about Negril Jamaica Vacations Sondra.  Yes, time to get out of the snow!  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  13. Rick

    Awesome post , Negril Jamaica is home looks like a great place to go . I was actually considering on heading to Montego Bay next Fall , it’s sort of a bucket list thing that I would like to do and With the miles of  sandy beaches at Negril it looks like a “No  Brainer ” , I think I will wonder that way for a few days. Love the drone video of Seven Mile beach , any idea how Mayfield Falls are from Negril ? Thanks Rick 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by Rich.  Mayfield Falls are going to be a good hour drive from Negril, but there are tour companies that will take you to the falls.  It’l cost you between $60 – $80 to travel from Negril to Montego Bay or vice versa, and it’s about a 2 hour drive.  I think spending time at both locations would be ideal if you can. 

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  14. Juliet

    Thanks so much for this post. Sounds like Jamaica is the best place to go for a relaxing holiday. The beaches look perfect. The amusement parts are so inviting. The weather around November and December seems ideal. I can’t wait to taste the food from these restaurants. The hotels are great as well. What mode of transport would be advised? Is a hired car needed?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Most of the hotels and all of the all-inclusives offer a shuttle service.  This will get you any way you need to go.  A lot of people walk the area as well, it is just not recommended (as with any foreign travel) to walk alone at night.

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  15. Babsie Wagner

    So now I’m torn between Negrill and Ocho Rios, but I think this actually sounds better for me.  One reason is my husband really likes more calm places, less “touristy” which this seems to fit that bill.  Plus the Blue Hole mineral springs is right up his alley for sure.  That looks absolutely amazing.  The Mayfield Falls looks pretty secluded, too.  You have given me so much to think about, I can barely concentrate on the holidays.  I just want to plan my vacation!!!  Thanks again.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Babsie!  Exactly what I intended 😀  Yes, you will find Negril to be a bit more relaxed and less “touristy” than Ocho Rios and Mahogany Bay as well.  Out of the three, I would pick Negril as well.  Let me know when you are ready to start planning 🙂

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  16. Mariah

    Wow! Thanks for the totally comprehensive article. You seem to have covered pretty much everything I would need to know for a Jamaica vacation. It looks like such a beautiful place and my travel bug is starting to act up just by looking at it.

    I have heard that Jamaica can be a dangerous place. Do you have any information about that? Are the places you recommend all safe for tourists. I would assume so but I heard some statistics that made me shy away from Jamaica recently. I would appreciate it if you could put my mind at ease. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Mariah,  the tourist destinations of Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay are going to be a LOT safer than other areas.  Just because they are big tourist areas and it is a big part of their economy.  Of course, you will want to take the same precautions you would take anywhere when vacationing.  It is beautiful and definitely worth a visit.

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