Holidays in Negril
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.
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).
The nearest airport is Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, 80km away.
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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. Head off to a local sugar plantation, go trekking in the jungle, or ride a horse through the shallows.
Over the years, the beach here has been rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by many different travel magazines. So long is the beach that the atmosphere varies as you stroll along. From the All Inclusive luxury resorts at one end, to the boutique hotels and cliffs at the other, you’ll find lots of bars, sun loungers and stalls along the way. Protected by an outer reef, Negril’s beach is a calm place to be with perfect Caribbean shores.
Norman Manley Boulevard is the place to be for nightlife on your holiday. With bars, restaurants and lots of live local music, each evening is different from the last. For those who seriously love to party, stop by Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritavilla and enjoy the cocktails and music until the small hours. For those who like a more chilled out evening, relax in one of the many boutique bars, where a sunset view starts the evening off each night.
If you were in Negril for a year you still wouldn’t be able to try everything with such an incredible array of restaurants to choose from. From hamburgers to jerk chicken, you can try new Caribbean foods, local Jamaican cuisine and even home favourites, with a tropical twist of course.
With fresh seafood, fruits, and the tastiest spices you’ll ever try, your holiday will make you a lifelong Jamaican food lover. Check out Rick’s Café, where cliff-divers provide exhilarating entertainment and the Rockhouse Restaurant & Bar, which serves some of the tastiest grub anywhere in the Caribbean. Yum!
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.
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: 5 hours behind UK/GMT time.
Fly to: The nearest airport is Sangster International Airport, 80km away in Montego Bay
Flight time from UK: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Holidays in Negril