Negril holidays

Negril is a beach-goer’s dream location with its Seven Mile Beach and utterly relaxed atmosphere. There’s simply no rush here and a Negril holiday will blow you away with its beautiful hotels, clear water and Caribbean sunshine.

When you’ve had your fill of the white sand beaches, choose a water sport to try your hand at, such as windsurfing, snorkelling or kayaking. With wonderfully warm water, swimming and snorkelling is a real pleasure here, so go and explore the brightly coloured fish and coral reef in the natural lagoon. It’s a great safe place for children and teenagers too.

Evenings are perfection in this Western region of Jamaica. The beaches face the setting sun so grab a cocktail and watch as the day turns into night. With reggae music, lively bars and the best of Jamaican food, each evening is an experience in the Jamaican way of life. 

Things to do

Negril is primarily known for its phenomenal beaches, and if you’re after a Caribbean beach holiday, it doesn’t get better than this. Thanks to Seven Mile Beach, there’s always plenty of space on the sand and the facilities here are excellent. Protected by an outer coral reef, the sea is calm, clear and in the mid-20s (°C) all year round, making it ideal for water sports and swimming. 

Local laws mean that buildings here mustn’t be built any higher than the tallest palm trees, ensuring that this area’s natural, beautiful landscape has been preserved. With live music, endless restaurants and bars to explore and a friendly atmosphere, there’s plenty to entertain you day and night. 

It’s a popular destination and many adventures, tours and sport treks are run from the town. Go trekking in the jungle, or ride a horse through the shallows.

Fantastic beaches

Negril has some of the best beaches in the whole of Jamaica. You’ll find a number of excellent sandy spots along the famous Seven Mile Beach. A ribbon of palm trees line the white, powdery sand that shelves gently into crystal clear waters. See if you can spot the iconic Negril Lighthouse that’s situated 100 feet above sea level. Enjoy the warm waves and try your hand at the variety of water sports available, including paragliding, boating and jet skis. Discover the colourful coral reefs and mangroves either by snorkelling, diving or on a glass bottomed canoe. Relax on sun loungers, sip on Red Stripe and take in the stunning views of the glistening coast.

History and culture

Holidaymakers started visiting the small fishing village when the main road to Negril was developed in 1959. From then on, Negril has transformed from being a laid back beach resort to a lively party destination, especially during the American spring break. This said, Negril hasn’t lost its traditional island charm with its colourful streets and protected shorelines, where sea life is allowed to flourish in the mangroves and coral reefs.

Buzzing nightlife

Negril is famous for its vibrant nightlife and year round summer climate. There’s plenty of evening entertainment for you to experience and you can enjoy the upbeat vibe in the bars and clubs along Negril’s Seven Mile Beach. A popular hotspot is Rick’s Café where, with its cliff side location, you can take in the views of the Caribbean Sea. When the sun goes down, expect to hear popular reggae music played by the live house band.
Nearby is the lively Norman Manley Boulevard, which is a long stretch of shops, live music venues, bars, clubs and cosmopolitan restaurants. Sample some of the finest Caribbean cuisine on the whole island in one of the eateries or from the local jerk chicken grills that ooze local character. Enjoy performances from top reggae artists and dance until the early hours.

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30 ℃

With an average temperature of 27°C in July and 25°C in January, Negril is warm all year round with highs in the low 30s (°C).

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The nearest airport is Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, 80km away.

Negril is best for...

Beach lovers: Seven Mile Beach has got it all, clear water, white sand and lots of palm trees. A holiday here is all about the beach.

Music lovers: On Norman Manley Boulevard every evening you’ll find fantastic reggae artists and have lots of opportunities to grab a cocktail and dance the night away.

Daredevils: Watch cliff-diving from the safety of Rick’s Bar then head out for a windsurfing lesson, take out a Hobie Cat, or go scuba diving. 

Fast facts for Negril

Language: English is the most popular language in Jamaica but you might hear Spanish and Patois, too.

Currency: The official currency used in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar but US dollar is accepted in tourist resorts.

Local time: Negril is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sangster International Airport. The transfer to Negril takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Negril is 9 hours.

Tourist information: Further information for your Negril holiday is available from the Jamaican tourist board at www.visitjamaica.com.

Visa and health: Before you travel to Jamaica, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for advice on visas and health.

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Getting around Negril

By taxi: Taxis aren’t very expensive and you can order an official red plate taxi you’re your hotel reception. Taxi drivers are usually friendly and knowledgable about the local area. Just make sure to confirm the price before you set off and keep some change on you to avoid any surprises.

By bus: Hotels at the north end of town often have shuttle bus services around the resort. Bus trips inland are also available to book from your hotel.

By tour van: When you book a tour, like The Bob Marley Experience or a hike into the Jamaican forests, a tour van will usually pick you up at your hotel. Tours are a great way to get the most out of your holiday.

Events in Negril

Negril Music Festival: If you’re looking to book your holiday to Negril in March, then you simply can’t miss this reggae and calypso music festival. Food, music, and dance are the lifeblood of this event.

Marathon / Half-Marathon: In December every year, the resort hosts the Reggae Marathon and Half-Marathon. This celebrated event is hugely popular with its own festival in Negril too. If you can handle the heat, you might even want to run yourself!

The Bob Marley Experience: This tour departs from town and heads to Bob Marley’s home in Nine Mile. A deeply interesting tour, your guide will known everything there is to know and you’ll get a first hand look into the way Marley lived and spent his time.

Negril weather

Temperature: A wonderful 25-30°C throughout the year.

Best time to visit: April is carnival season in Jamaica, so book early to make sure you don’t miss out. But there’s ‘no worries’ if you can’t make it. Jamaica loves to celebrate all sorts of things and with music, food and historic festivals occurring all year round, you’re sure to experience something unique to Jamaica. The island basks in year-round sunshine so it’s always warm but, if you’re keen on outdoor activities like hiking, the cooler months are between December and April.

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