Holidays in Negril
On the far west coast of Jamaica, Negril has a captivating atmosphere, one of the most laid-back on the island, and over 10km of glorious white–sand beaches. Perched on top of the cliffs‚ overlooking the sea, the focus of local life in Negril is undoubtedly the long sandy beach. There are watersports to test your mettle, live music venues for an evening’s entertainment and a choice of restaurants and bars, each with an unmistakably Jamaican vibe.
Average temperatures usually fall between the late 20s and early 30s (°C) during summer and winter as warm with an average of 24°C.
The nearest airport to Negril is Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, 80km away.
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Nothing compares to a relaxing day soaking up the rays on Negril’s exquisite beach. Well, except for maybe putting on your evening wear and discovering the reggae heartbeat of Jamaica at a top nightspot. The focus of Negril is undoubtedly the seven mile-long sandy beach‚ a haven in this laid–back resort. And local laws mean that buildings in Negril must not be built any higher than the tallest palm trees, ensuring that this area’s natural, beautiful landscape has been preserved. A choice of restaurants‚ bars and live music venues create a party atmosphere, but there is always so much more just waiting to be discovered in Jamaica.
Over the years, Negril's beach has been rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by many different travel magazines. So bring your sunscreen, a good book and soak up the hot Jamaican sun in one of the very best destinations anywhere in the world! The north of the beach is home to large, all-inclusive resorts, whilst the in the south you’ll find smaller, family-run boutique hotels. So there’s a great contrast as you walk from the coast and plenty of bars, restaurants, watersports and boat trips to grab your attention.
Negril is famous for its vibrant year-round nightlife scene. So make sure to pack a few extra evening outfits and head to the Norman Manley Boulevard, the place to be on a night out. You can expect simply stunning food from a whole host of restaurants, including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Cosmos seafood restaurant. Local prices are usually good, but if you ask about an offer, deal or free drink, the vibes here are so friendly that you might just be pleasantly surprised. After dinner, be prepared for lots of dancing, reggae beats, new friends and plenty of laughs.
You might just have to taste it to believe it, but Negril has some of the best restaurants in all of Jamaica. Lining Seven Mile Beach, the streets in Negril’s centre and all around Norman Manley Boulevard, you’ll find a great choice of deliciously tempting restaurants and bars, serving everything from the freshest seafood, traditional Jamaican dishes, jerk chicken and even all-day breakfasts! And you simply have to check out Rick’s Café, where cliff-divers provide the exhilarating entertainment, and the Rockhouse Restaurant & bar, which serves some of the tastiest grub anywhere in the Caribbean.
Beach lovers: There’s plenty to keep you active on Negril’s Beach, known locally as Seven Mile Beach, including scuba-diving and watersports.
Music lovers: Each and every night, some of the best reggae acts you’re ever likely to see perform on Norman Manley Boulevard.
Daredevils: We don’t recommend you go cliff-diving yourself, but it’s an exhilarating event to watch from the safety of Rick’s Bar.
Language: English is the most popular language in Jamaica but you might hear Spanish and Patois, too
Currency: The currency used in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar
Local time: Negril has a local time of GMT -5 hours
Fly to: The nearest airport to Negril is Sangster International Airport, 80km away in Montego Bay
Flight time from UK: 9 hours
Tourist Information: Further Jamaica tourist information can be found at www.visitjamaica.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Jamaica.
Temperature: A brilliant 25-30°C all year round
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. With events in October, February, June and August, there’s always something to look forward to.
Jamaica basks in year-round sunshine so it’s always warm but, if you’re interested in trying lots of outdoor activities, the cooler months are between December and April.
By taxi: Taxis aren’t very expensive and there are always plenty around so, if walking isn’t your thing, then order a Red-Plate taxi from reception and set off to see the sights of Negril. Just make sure to confirm the price first and keep some change on you to avoid any surprises.
By bus: Hotels at the north end of Negril often have shuttle bus services around the resort.
By tour van: When you book a tour, like The Bob Marley Experience or a nature trail into the Jamaican forests, a tour van will usually pick you up at your hotel.
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.
Marathon & Half-Marathon: In December every year, Negril hosts the Reggae Marathon and Half-Marathon around the resorts streets with a celebratory festival staged in Norman Manley Boulevard. And if you can handle the heat, you might even want to run yourself.
The Bob Marley Experience: This tour departs from Negril and treks to the village of Nine Mile, where the reggae legend Bob Marley lived, loved and played.