The Capital of Casual

Negril Sunsets are Legendary. This one is from the Beach.

West End Sunset Chairs waiting
for a tourist with a Pina Colada

Early in the morning, the beach is quiet.
The rest of the day it rocks.
Why Visit Negril?
  • The Beach
  • Laid Back Personality
  • The Cliffs are great for Snorkeling
  • Is bicycle/moped your speed?
  • The Beach
  • Free Spirited
  • Party Atmosphere
  • Watersports are available EVERYWHERE!
  • The Beach

Sunrise on the Ocean!

  • Imagine a stunningly beautiful ribbon of white sand beach. Seven miles of it! Imagine honeycombed cliffs and crystal-clear water. Imagine carefree days and fun-filled nights. Imagine Negril.

    This unique resort welcomes its guests with a "do-as-you-please" wink of approval. Tucked away in Jamaicašs most western point, Negril is truly the capital of casual. Negril is also Jamaicašs water sport capital. If you feel energized you can dive, snorkel, sail, parasail, water ski, windsurf, kayak or glide along the coastline by catamaran. Or, if you wish, do nothing but quietly work on your tan from a secluded cove or cliffside grotto.

    In Negril, each day is a new, fun-filled exciting adventure. Stroll the sandy shore or dive from the cliffs. For more conventional sport, golf and tennis are available. Bargaining for colorful crafts is an exhilarating experience and when the array of choices becomes too complex, steal away for a culinary treat at one of the local restaurants.

    The sunsets in Negril are as mesmerizing as they are magical. Studying the evening sunset from your favorite spot is the hallmark of the townšs civilization. Nightspots abound after dark. When the stars start twinkling in the sky, you can lose yourself in the knowledge that you are in a place like no other on earth. Stay up all night dancing to the hypnotic beat of a live reggae band. And then sleep for as long as you like to the lullaby of a gentle wave lapping at your doorstep.

    Negril is one of lifešs rare pleasures and the ultimate freedom vacation. Itšs a kick-off-your shoes, shrug-off-you-blues way of life that makes the tomorrows prettier than the yesterdays. Eat and drink, love and laugh, play, party and be happy. Negril. Come and take pleasure.

    West End Negril - Cliffs

    The Cliffs and the Sea... Stunning!

    Jump, Dive or Snorkel.

    A boatman drops off clients after a trip.
    7 Mile Beach Negril

    Boats waiting for tourists to wake up in Negril

    The 7 mile Beach is actually one 5 mile beach and another 2 mile beach past the point.

    Shops are squeezed in by hotels,
    restaurants and bars
    making the beach
    a multicolored tapestry of
    people, food, drink, watersports & trinkets.

    Rock House is probably the most famous cliffs hotel.


    Sunset at the Palms
    Beaches Negril
    Home Sweet Home
    Beaches Sandy Bay
    Club Hotel Riu Negril
    Paradise View
    Riu Tropical Bay
    Rock House
    FootePrints in the Sands

    Beach side or garden side is beautiful in Jamaica.

    Here we are again, sitting on Negril Beach

    Photo by Regina Lucas

    Negril is a very special little corner of Jamaica. It was made famous by the hippies that came in the sixtys and early seventies for the inexpensive rates and cheap party goods. In the eighties and nineties, the place got discovered by the Yuppies and now it is an eclectic mix of the original small hotels and large hotel chains like Sandals, SuperClubs and Riu that seems to be bursting at the seams as it is still a little town at the end of the road.

    The ride to Negril used to take 2-3 hours. A new road was finished in 2000 that made it about 1.5 hours from the airport. 5000 hotel rooms were added in the last fifteen years, mostly from large chains along the eastern edge of the Long Bay beach and the new hotels on Bloody Bay Beach.

    As a result, Negril has something for everybody. You can enjoy a laid back all-inclusive experience and we also enjoy heading here with a small napsack, a couple of swimsuits, shorts and t-shirts. The town is one of the best for small hotel tourism as many of the small hotels in Negril are clean, run by friendly people and the town has an abundance of places to eat or drink, mostly between $10 and $20 per person.

    Ericas summer shack by the road when the big restaurant is too hot.
    August 2005-waitin on lobster with garlic butter. photo Regina Lucas.

    Your time in Negril will be split between the beach and trips up to the West End or Cliffs area. The beach is great, in Negril with shallow, warm water inside the reef for swimming. The first time people go to Negril, they stay on the beach. Many people returning for the 4th or 5th time, stay in the west end, because the inexpensive hotels offer a quieter experience with less higglers and private areas for sunbathing on the cliffs.

    Our favorite daytrip in Negril is to the South Coast. Treasure Beach, YS Falls and Bamboo Ave make a nice trip. Also, a stop at Mayfield Falls with a loop over the mountain to the birdladys (see South Coast and Montego Bay) makes a great trip now that the new road is built. We like a quiet afternoon at Drumville Cove, Rock House or other cliffs spots for snorkeling and swimming.

    Negril Jerk Center
    Spring Park Restaurant
    Chicken Lavish
    Sweet Spice
    Tree House Club
    Ericas Cafe

    Ericas Lobster with Butter Sauce
    (Full meal, about $15 with a Red Stripe)

    Rock Cliff
    Ricks Cafe

    Feathers at Couples Swept Away
    Charela Inn (check the winelist)
    Normas at Seascape

    7 Mile Beach (access everywhere)
    Bloody Bay Beach
    Long Bay Beach National Park

    De Buss
    The Jungle
    Hedonism (buy a night pass including dinner)
    Risky Business
    Check the live show boards near the town roundabout

    Patties at 4 Cs
    Lobsters walking down the beach*
    Negril Jerk Center
    Anything else walking past your beach chair*

    *higglers are allowed to walk the public beach selling many things. They cannot do business above the waterline so you must ask them to stop if you want something. Negril Beach is public and one of the busiest walking paths in the town.

    The Cliffs at
    Drumville Cove
    provide a great place
    to enjoy the sea
    without higglers.

    The drive to Negril is Legendary. It can take 1 hour or 3 depending on how long the parties last.