As I mentioned in my intro, the first decision when booking accommodation here is whether to stay by the beach or in the West End. The advantages of the former are obvious – many of the hotels are right on the beach so you can walk from your room onto the sand in a matter of minutes. If you plan to spend most of your days sunbathing and swimming in the sea, you’ll probably want to stay here – and most of the all-inclusive resorts are here. The downsides are that the resorts look as if they could be on any decent beach anywhere in the world, and that the dining options are more spread out along the bay (although this won’t bother you if you’re on an all-inclusive deal).
But if like us you’re not going to be on the beach a lot, and you’re looking for somewhere with a bit of character that you might not find elsewhere, I’d recommend the West End. There’s a good range of accommodation options here too, from very exclusive and expensive to simple guest-houses, and plenty of places to eat and drink too. You’ll be in the best spot to enjoy Negril’s renowned sunsets, and you can still sunbathe and swim from the rocks (although the sea was a bit choppy when we were here for me to fancy going in, so I stuck to the hotel pool).
The other decision, as elsewhere in Jamaica, is whether to opt for all-inclusive or not. For us that was no decision at all – one of the joys of a holiday for me is sampling local cuisine and trying all sorts of eating places from humble to posh, so we wanted a room only or bed and breakfast deal. There are plenty of these to be had, and although it may work out a little dearer than all-inclusive options if you eat and drink at smart places all the time, it gives you much more flexibility and ensures that you’re more likely to get out and meet the locals rather than staying in one place all the time. I know which I prefer – but the decision is yours!
Great place to stay. There is always something to do if you want, and if not you can find a secluded area on the very large beach. The people are terrific, and the food was good. You usually have one or the other with all inclusive packages. Riu, had everything! The bartenders were lively and the "fire breathing" entertainment was spectacular! Simply one of the best places to stay in Negril, especially for the money, just Amazing!
Lively people. seemed happy to be at work. Poolside bar, morning area, lunch facilities, dinner entertainment, Clean beaches, with plenty of room!
Secrets is technically a hostel, but located in the same place as Firefly Cottages and Carib Apts--right on the beach for a fraction of the price! For very simple wooden cabins, find them at jamaicalink.com. The staff is really nice, the facilities are clean, and they are centrally located. From our driver to the bar staff, everyone was very helpful. Two people for 7 nights was only $322!!! If you are used to being spoiled at the high dollar resorts, stay somewhere else. Myself, I plan to stay there again! :-)
on site jaccuzi, motorized water sports right next door, and a clothes line for wet clothes!!! I wouldnt normally consider a clothes line a "unique" thing, but we spent a lot of time in the water and I used the heck out it. The omlets are delicious, the Pina Colodas with fresh fruit even better! And the sunsets were spectacular!
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