Go into the water and stay as long as you can until you know your burning. Then seek shade and lather up with sun protection. Get an aloe massage from Vickie at Sunquest Cottages. Stay in the shade after the massage. Have an early dinner at Sunquest Cottages Restaurant right on the beach. Cool off in your room. Head out to a beach bar after watching the sunset.
In between Hedo and Couples, this public park is a local favorite---about a $2 charge to get in, there are no vendors so quiet fun in the sun is the norm---there are showers, changing rooms and a restaurant.
I normally stay in the Cliff area of West End Negril and do not usually go to the beach at all, prefering the privacy and naturalness of the cliff resorts. I took my new girlfriend this April and we went to the beach for a few hours so she could see it---We took a taxi from our resort Seagrape Villas to Charela Inn on the beach, because my sister and her husband had stayed there many times b4 and I thought we could hang out there and have lunch, sit on the beach a bit, swim, etc...
They wanted $20 US per person fee for beach usage right up front, and then when questioned, said that the $20 could go towards our lunch. We decided to walk up the beach to another area where they were not so money grabbing and had lunch at Treehouse Resort---a pretty good burger and some jerk chicken with a few Red Stripe beers watching the crowds go by on the beach....Beach goers must deal with the crowds and the sellers of all kinds of things---we saw sellers of fresh cooked lobsters, floating toys, hats, cigarettes, fruit, and many other nameless items....
Just to say that the beach has gotten quite a bit busier, and we are hearing alot of folks say how NOT cool the beach is getting with all the hassles from Jamaicans trying to sell something. Most of the all-inclusives are free from this harrassment, but the beach is open to all walkers.....
If this sounds contrary to your wishes on your Negril visit, try the Cliffs resorts for a more private experience.
With 10 Km of sand you may choose where to swim - in a crowded and animated spot, or in a calm area. I saw no waves, no currents...
Many all-inclusive resorts and restaurants share the beach, that, as a matter of fact, seems totally public, with several public accesses.
The privacy and exclusivity are concentrated in the services and facilities offered by the different resorts, and not to the beach itself.
If you love sunbathing Negril definately is your place. Sand is fine and white, the beach streches for miles, water is crystal clear and turquoise and warm. Ideal place for a relaxing holiday and having gorgeous suntan.
Everything is beach in Negril, actually about 10 kms of beach!! There is also a little downtown where you can buy rum, souvenirs cigars, take money with credit card etc.
I have never seen a beach like that before, light sand, blue and warm watter, sun... everithing you can ask to a beach!! I could live there forever!!