Rick’s Café, the oldest public bar and restaurant on the West End Cliffs, is in a remarkable setting just metres above the sea, and has been ranked among the best attractions in the Caribbean. It’s friendly, it’s fabulous and it has to be at the top of your must-see list of places to visit. You’ll experience the warmest of welcomes, unforgettable views and sensational food, so if you’re staying in the Negril area, pop in and pay Rick’s Café a visit.
Rick’s Café dates to the 1970s, when this area of Jamaica was just a small fishing community, little known to the outside world.
Treat yourself to some tantalising Caribbean cuisine or international dishes ranging from fresh seafood to Jamaican beef patties, jerk chicken and garlicky chicken pasta. Rick’s Café also has a superb selection of cocktails, ranging from Rick’s World Famous Rum Punch with a concoction of rum and fruit juices, to Rick’s Frozen Rum Runner with blended white rum, tropical juices, blackberry brandy and banana liqueur.
Watching the sunset
There’s no better time to be sipping a cocktail on the terrace at Rick’s Café than at sunset, when you’ll see some amazing colours before the night draws in. In fact, this is the best place to watch the sunset anywhere Jamaica, especially with the delicious food and drink on offer. Just make sure you arrive as early as you can to get a good viewing spot, as sunset-watching is something of a tradition here, so it’s a very popular time to visit.
How you can get to Rick’s Café
Rick’s Café is near the western fringe of Jamaica, about a 10-minute drive or 6km from the centre of Negril, and roughly an hour and a half from Montego Bay. Hiring a car is generally the best way to get here if you’re travelling from any distance, especially if you’re visiting for the sunset. However, you’ll find many tour operators do provide group tours and private tours to this famous attraction, which will mean you can have a drink or two before you head home to bed (after all that rum!). These tours often include a long stop at Seven Mile Beach, too, where you can have a relaxing swim or soak up the sun on the sand.
Other places you can visit nearby
See the Negril Lighthouse, which dates to the late 19th Century and has excellent views of the coastline. Explore Seven Mile Beach, where you’ll find seven miles (unsurprisingly!) of Caribbean paradise with stunning white sands overlooked by lush tropical woodlands, and vibrant bars playing Jamaican music
Then you could head off to the beautiful rocks polls and small waterfalls of Mayfield Falls, where you can have a dip or splash to cool off. These magical cascades, surrounded by beautiful tropical woods, include the three-metre-tall ‘Washing Machine’ at the top, which you can even walk through. Alternatively, visit Negril’s Hummingbird Sanctuary, where you can get up and close with Jamaica’s famous hummingbirds. Just remember to head back to Rick’s Café to catch that sunset!