Negril, Jamaica Vacations

Our Opinion of Negril

If you're looking to relax along long white-sand beaches and calm turquoise waters, Negril is the vacation spot for you. About 1.5 hours west of Montego Bay, Negril is a great place to unwind and soak up the sun. Popular resorts in Negril include the Riu Palace Tropical Bay and the Sandals Negril. Negril is a great place for couples to relax and take in the laid back Jamaican lifestyle.

If you're looking for a carefree, cool and party atmosphere, you'll find it in Negril. This is an ultimate beach destination with mesmerising cliffs and miles of white sand. The bow-shaped town hugs Seven Mile Beach, the longest continuous stretch of powdery shore in Jamaica. Many beaches are clothing optional.

Negril is the most western town of the country with high cliffs and white-sand beaches edged by palm forests. The town is also a port. Away from the coast you will find long stretches of wetlands with exotic birds and crocodiles.

Although more mainstream now, Negril still is impregnated with the free hippie spirit since the sixties. Some places are simply not for families like the infamous Hedonism II resort. It can be a real party place with bacchanalia, raunchy bars and ganga. Do remember that drug possession and consumption is illegal.

Things to know about Negril, Jamaica Vacations

Activities & Sports
Resort and beaches offer all water sport services. Negril offers beautiful coral reefs set in calm, clear waters. It is a real diver's paradise. Beginners looking for lessons should go to the Negril Scuba Centre which is one of the oldest dive operations in Jamaica.

Sailing or boating rides may lead to Booby Cay, a white limestone formation. Canoe trips go deep into the mysterious Negril Great Morass.

The Negril Hills Golf Club is an 18-hole course is located on the green hills and has spectacular views of the white sand beaches.

Thrill seekers will love the various activities that can be practised in this region such as sea kayaking, jungle river tubing, mountain biking along the coast, and parasailing.

Dining & Nightlife
Negril is a hip and happening scene, offering a wide range of options that includes: calypso beach barbecues like Alfred's; all-night dancing clubs such as Risky Business or the rauchy Hedonism II;and outdoor reggae concerts.

Rick's Cafe, located right of the coast, is a big favorite with locals and tourist. It is known for the pre-sunset entertainment where daredevil dives are done by local athletes from the 9 m cliff top.

Time Square Mall is the new shopping center filled with shops for you souvenir list of crafts, perfumes, cigars, liquor and Blue Mountain coffee.

Shopping enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the busy Negril Crafts Market, consisting of a collection of shacks. Bring your bargaining skills.

Day Trips
Montego Bay - Come and explore the historical and colonial town of Montego Bay. It is the second largest city in the country and has countless landmarks to visit. Then go on a Mobay Submarine Dive where you can view the local marine life in partially glassed semi-submarine.

Ocho Rios - Visit the Dunn's River Falls and Park situated to the north side of Jamaica. Let the waters cascading down soothe you or climb the falls in human chains led by experienced fall guides. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the scenery.

Located beside the Black River, in beautiful Jamaican valleys, is the Appleton Rum Distillery. Since 1749 the Appleton Estate has been blending some of the finest rums in the world. You will learn about the distilling process from sugar cane, molasses, sugar, to wine and rum and then have a chance to savour these award-winning rums after the tour. Do stay sober enough to enjoy after the Black River wetlands afterwards.

Flying time from:
Approximately 4 hours
Montreal: Approximately 6 hours
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 6 hours 30 minutes

Languages: English.
Currency: Jamaican Dollar. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate:Average temperatures varying from 25C to 28C. Afternoon showers are frequent but short and refreshing.
Electricity: 110 V, 50Hz. Hotels often have 220 V. Same as Canada and the U.S.

A valid passport recommended for Canadian citizens but a certified birth certificate and government issues photo id accepted. Roundtrip or onward ticket required. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Jamaican consulate. Passports are highly recommended.

Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.

The departure tax of around JA$1,000, per person, is usually included on your plane ticket but if not added it will be payable at the airport, please verify. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents. makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.