Destination Spotlight: Negril
Located on the west coast of Jamaica approximately an hour and a half drive from Montego Bay, Negril is a popular destination for both those who are looking to relax and those who love an adventure. With so much to see and do, we put together everything you need to know about this Jamaican hotspot to help you start planning your getaway. From the best resorts in Negril to the top things to do in Negril, read on and get inspired for your return to paradise!
Negril beaches are known for their sparkling white-sand shores and calm waters. Seven Mile Beach is consistently rated as one of the top beaches in the world and is divided into two main areas – Bloody Bay Beach and Long Bay. You’ll find some of Negril’s most popular all inclusive resorts lining the shores in addition to famous establishments like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and Kool Runnings Waterpark.
Where to stay: Stay right on the shores of Bloody Bay Beach at the newly-renovated Riu Palace Tropical Bay! Lounge by one of the oceanfront pools with convenient poolside wait service before heading to the Jerk station for a traditional Jamaican lunch.
When you’re not soaking up the sun on the beach, you can choose from a range of Negril excursions to explore the island’s picturesque landscapes. Hike out to Blue Hole, a breathtaking waterfall and natural turquoise pool that’s hidden within the lush rainforest; or visit YS Falls, a series of seven cascading waterfalls where you can drop into one of the pools from a rope swing. Both waterfalls can be visited on excursions from Negril’s main resorts.
Where to stay: After a day spent exploring Jamaica’s natural wonders, head back to the luxurious Royalton Negril Resort and Spa for rest and relaxation. Soak up the sun by the resort’s private beach area before heading back to your sprawling suite with lavish amenities, including swim-out suite options.
Looking to explore the deep blue? The calm crystal-clear waters and colourful coral reefs off the coast of Negril make it an ideal spot for both snorkelling and scuba diving, with visibility of nearly 100 feet. A large portion of the surrounding waters are designated as the Negril Marine Park, a protected area that aims to preserve natural landscapes. Snorkel alongside exotic marine life off the shores of West End or visit popular dive sites like Shark’s Reef, Deep Plane and The Throne.
Where to stay: There are plenty of activities to try at the adults only Couples Negril – including scuba diving and snorkelling! The resort offers both day and night dives in addition to glass-bottom boat tours that will take you to some of the island’s best snorkelling sites.
Jamaica is famous for its island cuisine and delicious rum, making Appleton Estate Rum Distillery a must-visit! Head out on an excursion to the famous local estate to tour the sugarcane fields and learn all about how the famous rum is created from the distillery’s master rum-makers. You’ll even get to sample some of Appleton Estate’s most delicious rum.
Where to stay: After sampling Jamaica’s famous rum, indulge in flavourful Jamaican cuisine at Riu Negril. Taste some Jamaican Jerk chicken at the barbecue station set up daily for lunch or try out a range of cuisines throughout the week at Kulinarium.
The sunsets in Negril are legendary – and the best place to watch them is at Rick’s Café, one of the most popular Negril attractions. This iconic establishment is perched on top of dramatic cliffs in Negril’s West End, where you can grab your favourite cocktail from the outdoor bar and watch the sunset over the coast. The café is also a popular spot for cliff diving, where you can watch daring locals leap into the water below.
Where to stay: Watch the sunset over the coast from the Ocean Point Bistro at Hideaway at Royalton Negril! This adults only resort-within-a-resort is home to an exclusive oceanfront restaurant where you can admire the sunset as you indulge in fine French fare.