Negril Off The Beaten Path

  • Dunn's River - Ocho Rios
    Dunn's River - Ocho Rios
    by solopes
  • Dunn's River - Ocho Rios
    Dunn's River - Ocho Rios
    by solopes
  • Dunn's River - Ocho Rios
    Dunn's River - Ocho Rios
    by solopes

Most Recent Off The Beaten Path in Negril

  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Dunn's River Falls

    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The most uncommon experience in Jamaica was the climbing of a waterfall in Ocho Rios. Almost 200 meters long, this escorted and well protected adventure is a base to several deals, many of them using pictures or film to collect a few more dollars. It's cool and fun, however.

    Dunn's River - Ocho Rios Dunn's River - Ocho Rios Dunn's River - Ocho Rios Dunn's River - Ocho Rios Dunn's River - Ocho Rios
    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Water Sports

    Was this review helpful?

  • iolanthe108's Profile Photo

    Hire a fisherman to take you up the river

    by iolanthe108 Written Jun 14, 2011

    The best time that we had in Negril, other than the incredibly gorgeous water and the excellent food, was hiring a young fisherman to take us up the river a ways. There's no formal stand for this, but we found that in mid day, most of the fisherman would be just standing around the bridge (if you're heading into town, on your left side, before the bridge, go into the thicket there). I think we paid like $30 for a two hour tour up the river -- and then tipped another $10. This was beautiful, private, very authentic, felt totally safe, and we had the best conversation with the young guys who we hired there. They were willing to take us up all the way to the park but unfortunately, it started to rain so we had to go back.

    This is the best of Negril, I think. Irie at its best.

    Don't be put off by the boats looking rickety or the occasional crocodiles (if you're lucky). These guys do this every day, all day long.

    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating

    Was this review helpful?

  • dustmon's Profile Photo

    Y's Falls day trip

    by dustmon Written Jun 11, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    My friend Tony Vassel takes visitors to all sorts of day trips from Negril, and my son and I went to Y's Falls with him for about $50 for the trip. You enter a kind of a park-like area and walk through the jungle until you get to the small river that flows from the falls. You walk up the path marvelling at the birds, the trees and the sparkling water next to you, jumping in if you want at certain places for a cooling off, until you get to the many falls coming down the mountain. Our guide, Rasta Tom, showed us all kinds of local flora and fauna, including something I had never seen a soap tree, where you can pull off a couple of leaves and with a little water and a little rubbing, a lather emerges which you can wash with! He picked fresh mangoes for us off the trees and pointed out other Jamaican bushes and trees by name. Please give these guides a tip, as they depend on tourists for their livelhood, and are very knowledgeable and friendly.
    The drive to the falls takes about an hour from Negril.

    In the falls!
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

    Was this review helpful?

  • Mayfield Falls Bamboo house

    by DianeHansen Written Jul 15, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    On the way to Mayfield Falls, there is a little store run by a wonderful family who will sell you shoes and other purchases. Danette makes a wonderful Coconut cookie and will sell you a cool coconut milk drink. They have a cute bamboo house on the hill. Wonderful family, Tony and Danette are really nice and will make you feel you have been touched by the real Jamaican spirit.

    Related to:
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Family Travel
    • Water Sports

    Was this review helpful?

  • jessiem's Profile Photo

    Mayfield Falls Mineral Springs

    by jessiem Written Jun 12, 2009

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Located in the mountains of Westmoreland, about an hour from Negril is Mayfield Falls. A short, scenic hike takes you to the falls where you find the river of mineral water, known for its healing properties. Mayfield Falls has 21 pools of jacuzzi-like water, underwater caves and cliff diving. There's a bar on the property if you need some rum punch to quench your thirst. Lunch is available, but call first to make sure the restaurant is open during the off-season. The trip is about 3-4 hours including your drive from Negril. Mayfield costs $15 in addition to your taxi drive, which can be expensive.

    Bring water shoes if you have them. If not, you can rent some shoes for about $3 US. Also bring a towel, camera, sunscreen and sunglasses.

    Related to:
    • Water Sports
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • malianrob's Profile Photo

    Bluefields

    by malianrob Written Apr 10, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    From what I hear is that most people who come to visit Jamaica miss Bluefields which makes this a wonderful place to visit. The beaches are beautiful here without all the hasseling we might encounter on the beaches of Negril. There is also the Peter Tosh Museum. If you are into Reggae and you love Bob Marley and the Wailers you might want to visit this place.
    For more info visit my Bluefields page where I have put up more pictures and info.

    Was this review helpful?

  • thea11's Profile Photo

    Take a tour with a local

    by thea11 Updated Jun 26, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Our personal driver (OZ) has small fee compared to others and took us on tours and told us a lot of history. He has a nice clean van and has always lived in Ja. You must see the veiws fm the mountains. See a waterfall or the coffee feilds! You can uderstand his langage if you know what I mean.Just have the hotel to call him and talk to him he will come pick you up .(876-359-4184) The negril pirate on this site is who hooked us up with OZ so you can e-mail him to get a message to OZ.

    This is OZ
    Related to:
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Family Travel
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo

    Bamboo Avenue

    by toonsarah Written Apr 15, 2008

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Bamboo grows wild all over Jamaica, though not with the proliferation it once did. Near the Black River, between Middle Quarters and Lacovia, is a 2.5 mile stretch of the main A2 road known as Bamboo Avenue. This was planted by the owners of Holland Estate in the early 20th century to shade its sugarcane workers as they travelled between the plantation and home. Here the bamboo grows uninterrupted for several miles on both sides of the road, and for most of its length forms a pretty arch above your head as you drive through.

    Previously the arch was unbroken, but the devastation caused by Hurricane Gilbert uprooted some of the bamboo and it is yet to grow back fully – although at the speed this plant grows, that shouldn’t take too long! There are a number of places along the road where you can pull over to buy a cold drink and take photos. I had to stand in the middle of the road to get this shot, so make sure you have someone with you who can watch out for traffic if you want to do the same!

    Bamboo Avenue

    Was this review helpful?

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo

    Peter Tosh Mausoleum

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 15, 2008

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    En route to the Black River we drove past some colourfully painted gates and asked Errol our driver what they were. He replied that this was the entrance to Peter Tosh’s Mausoleum. He wasn’t sure if it was open to the public but proposed that we check it out on our way back, which we duly did. This was a great call, as I really liked this peaceful spot which seems to epitomise what Jamaica is all about.

    We were the only visitors. We paid our fee of US$5.00 (not sure if this is an official charge or the guy just made up a number!) and were shown into the stone mausoleum with Tosh’s tomb at its centre. This was similar to Bob Marley’s mausoleum which we had visited at Nine Mile, though unlike Marley’s, here we were allowed to take photos.

    Our guide then took us for a short walk in the surrounding garden, where he indicated the various plants growing there – herbs such as basil and mint, pimento, and yes, cannabis. He pointed out the house where Tosh had been born and his mother still lives, but explained that although she sometimes welcomed guests, at that time of day (late afternoon) she would be resting.

    The overall atmosphere here was very laid-back and peaceful, with the twin Jamaican influences of reggae and ganja very strong. Several local rastas were gathered outside the tomb watching a video of a concert given by one of Tosh’s sons, Andrew, and they were happy to tell us a bit about the music (as well as, inevitably, attempting to sell us a “smoke”).

    Directions: The Mausoleum is in the small community of Belmont in the south west of the island – look for the white gates on the opposite side of the main road to the sea.

    Peter Tosh is perhaps not as famous as Bob Marley, so for those who’ve not come across him, here’s some background info:

    He was the guitarist in the original Wailers, a reggae musician and a trailblazer for the Rastafari movement. Like Marley he grew up in the infamous Trenchtown area of Kingston. After an illustrious career with the Wailers and as a solo musician, he was murdered at his home. Though robbery was officially said to be the motivation behind Tosh's death, many believe that there were ulterior motives to the killing, perhaps linked to his passionate crusade for the legalisation of cannabis. He was also a strong campaigner against South African apartheid. Check out The Talking Drum website to hear some of his music.

    Gate to Peter Tosh's Mausoleum Gate to Peter Tosh's Mausoleum Peter Tosh's Mausoleum At Peter Tosh's Mausoleum
    Related to:
    • Music

    Was this review helpful?

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo

    To the lighthouse

    by toonsarah Written Apr 15, 2008

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    At the far end of Negril’s West End Road, where I suspect many tourists never venture, is the lighthouse. Built 1894, it is still in use today to guide shipping around this rocky coastline. It stands 66 feet tall (with the light 100 feet above sea level) and is nowadays powered by solar energy.

    The lighthouse is set in a small grassy area with good views of the sea. Nearby are several old buildings, one of which at least is still inhabited by the lighthouse keeper and his family (and several noisy dogs!) We gathered that if you would like to climb the tower you need only ask him, assuming he’s around when you visit, and there’s no official fee for this, though of course a tip would be appreciated, if not expected. We were quite hot from our walk, however, so decided against the climb in favour of spending some time taking a few photos, relaxing in the shade of the trees and examining the rocks for coral remains.

    Negril lighthouse Negril lighthouse

    Was this review helpful?

  • NegrilPirate's Profile Photo

    Staying Awake All Night in Negril

    by NegrilPirate Written Apr 8, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    After everyone closes in Negril, there is a place that has not closed in 13 years. Even during the Hurricanes, Gas Stove and generator feeds people, gives lights and music, and lets you charge your cell phone. Pull the shutters down and batten all hatches. And if the lines are not down, high speed inter net!
    It is a Music Bar. With Live Internet broadcasts that all are welcome to join, here or at home. Mi Yard supports all local artists and any that are visiting Jamaica. Every Tuesday night the Dj's play all kinds of music, and Delroy, the owner does interviews with guests and artists, and it goes on until the black of the night sky slowly turns to blue.
    It is also a unique eatery. With plantain, green bananas, fritters, fry fish, breadsticks, bread fruit and fried chicken served 24/7, always fresh. And if you do not mind waiting abit, you can order a full meal, cooked to order.
    A small internet cafe. Get online 24/7 with an affordable rate. $100 J for 30 minutes. Phone cards are available.
    Dance all night!
    And when the sun finally wake the rooster, enjoy Blue Mountain perk coffee, freshly ground.
    There are 4 rooms for rent, and two cottages, with a small beach right across the street. The last sandy beach heading West towards the Light house and Rick's.
    Full service.

    Interviews, Delroy in the middle Yardie Food, bread fruit, festival, fry fish, and Dance All Night Live and Direct Pearl Arriving for night shift
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Singles

    Was this review helpful?

  • NegrilPirate's Profile Photo

    Enjoying Negril

    by NegrilPirate Written Apr 3, 2008

    Many places to see and enjoy in Negril if you have a guide of some kind. I found a place many years ago called Mi Yard. Jamaican owned, food, drinks, high speed, and run by locals. I would say you can find out about any adventure you are curious about right there.

    All in fun. Not the real Jail. Ending The Day Something Different Every Day Drinking a Red Stripe Western Dog Show
    Related to:
    • School Holidays
    • Budget Travel
    • Singles

    Was this review helpful?

  • ROYAL PALM RESERVE

    by caribluver Updated Mar 16, 2008

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Built to be a major tourist attraction this is a real treat for nature lovers with all it's wildlife, even Tarpon in the pool by the entrance.
    Located a few miles along the Sav-La-Mar road, down a rough track (surprise) that seems to lead nowhere and there you are, an extremely well laid out facility.
    The boardwalks make walking easy for all and the frequent seats allow you to stop and take it all in.
    There's an observation tower that gives stunning views over the Morass to hills

    Despite the size of the place if it hadn't been for House of Black we'd never have found it .....thanks Mon, nice driving

    Pool by the Entrance View from the viewing tower Boardwalks at the Royal Palm Reserve
    Related to:
    • Disabilities
    • Arts and Culture
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

  • chinsky's Profile Photo

    Roaring River

    by chinsky Written Jan 27, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There is a place called the Roaring River, which is a 1/2 hour trip from Negril. (Actually, it's just NE of Savannah La Mar) It is a beautiful place to see. The mountain mineral springs are a fabulous place to swim and according to locals, cure what ails you. When you get there are guides waiting to take you on tours of the springs and caves. Ask for Alvin. He was a very good guide and was very helpfull!!!
    During the tour you learn about the caves and you get to swim in 2 seperate mineral springs. At the end of the tour, your guide may play music for you in the music room, a place they say Bob Marley used to sit and write music sometimes.

    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • chillysista's Profile Photo

    The Black River

    by chillysista Written Nov 20, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Don't go in the crowded tourists boats...
    Ask a fisherman to guide u through this beautiful landscape he knows very well.He'll do it for the same price but in a local color...
    Don't miss the corn soup u can find in the street: a bycicling man is selling it:spicy, hot and whaou, great. Really worth it.
    On the way back, ask your taxi driver to stop on the roadside, near the ladies fruits sometimes they also sell something unique u can only find here in this part of Jamaica: peppered shrimps. These are tiny shrimps coming from the black river, sold simply boiled and tasted like smoked. Unique and de-li-ci-ous.

    crocodile in his natural environment a fisherman who took us by the river fantastic corn soup

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Negril

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

15 travelers online now

Comments

Negril Off The Beaten Path

Reviews and photos of Negril off the beaten path posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Negril sightseeing.

View all Negril hotels