Appleton Rum is some of the best rum in the world, mon, made in Jamaica!---there are about 6-7 products of Appleton's, from regular rum to Blue Label Rum---you should always ask for the 12 year rum or better when in Jamaica----Overproof is not Appleton and very strong tasting, whereas Appleton 12 year old rum is very smooth and tasty! Blue label is not offered very often and should be tried when available! Incredible mouth feel and taste...
There are tours you can take of the factory---www.appletonrumtour.com
Rum is available in most mini marts and grocerys for cheap $$$---I paid $20 US for a bottle of reserve at a mini mart in Negril---cheaper at the airport with your boarding pass.....$17 for the 12 year old stuff.....
Negril is on the westernmost point of the Island of Jamaica, therefore gets sunsets directly out in the ocean every night, unless cloudy....From most cliffside places, and of course from the beach, you can see magnificent sunsets while drinking a Red Stripe beer, or an Appleton Rum drink in hand----there is a legend that at the right time, you can see a green flash right at the last moment before the sun sinks completely, but I have never seen it---maybe one day!
That is the kindest way I can put it---skinny dipping in the ocean is one of my favorite things to do in Negril since I was 19 years old. It is less common than back in the 1970's but there are still places you can get naked and swim, sun and otherwise be naked in the Jamaican sunshine. At the beach I can recommend Hedonism 11, which has a beach, a pool, a jacuzzi and other areas that nudity is normal, along with other lifestyle areas as well. Grand Lido Negril has a beach, a pool and a jacuzzi available for naked folk, and Couples Negril which has a beach for naturists.
The Cliff's are a little more grey area----
I now stay at Seagrape Villas which is very private, and the staff is used to nudity. There are 2 cottages at the ocean's edge which are open to each other to some extent, but separate as well. I have stayed at one cottage and other folk were in the other, and I was not uncomfortable being naked on my side of the property when they were not on theirs, although my experience is that people that see me naked, sometimes try it out for themselves....A very rewarding experience for me......
There are other cliffside resorts that may allow discreet nude sunbathing such as CatchaFallingStar, Citronella, Blue Cave Castle and a few others.....just ask when booking--they will be honest and say if nudity is optional.....
Hedo sends up a nudie boat for cliff sightseeing one day a week---you can see them swimming at Josephs Cave alot..
Xtabi (ex-tabee) is a resort on the cliffs about halfway up to Ricks from the roundabout, and is on the site of the old Awee-Maway resort of the 60's, for those old timers who may have been there. There is a really cool cave with stairs going down from the bar area---during peak season they even set up a bar down there, and you can also get into the water really easily here with a small ladder to get out---if you are not staying here, I always recommend that if you are going to use some of their facilities, you need to buy something, if only a few Red Stripes. The food is really good here--- for lunch they have a great club sandwich (with fried egg!) and the rum is always good.
Lots of people get married in Jamaica, and it is hard not to run into one while you are visiting! On this last trip, there was a wedding at the Xtabi resort on the cliffs---most resorts have deals where if you stay there, the wedding is free or greatly discounted, so if this is your dream, Negril would be a great choice!
I have known Beverly for years, and she has done many things in her life, among them massage therapist, clothing designer, rastafarian woman, and many other things---she is a lovely Jamaican lady and does massages and things like nails and pedicures in her roadside hut across the road from Tensing Pen on the cliff-lighthouse road.She can also put those colored beads in your hair before going home for that Jamaican look! I think she also has a spot on the beach during the day.
If you are going to jump off of a cliff in Negril, don't do it really drunk or stoned. Think about this as similar to driving a car, or operating equipment that is valuable.....There are places around the West End where you can jump from 2 feet all the way to 50 feet and more, so pick your poison and be really careful. I have jumped off the cliff at Catcha Falling Star, which has 2 jumps, 8 feet and 20 feet (approx) and I did the 8 feet one there. I have never jumped at Ricks Cafe, where the guys jump from the treetops into the bay---probably 50-60 feet...My personal opinion is that most tourists would be stupid to try this....Banana Shout has a really good place to jump about 12 feet, which is about my tops.....most water around the cliffs' edge is at least 10 feet deep, so just a little outwards jump and you should be OK---it's good to scope it out first with a mask and snorkle if not familiar with the place.....
Joseph's Cave is next door to Rock House Resort on the Cliffs----there is a small restaurant right on top of the cave and a way down from the other side of the road (unless you are jumping!) This is a big bay where some of the folk staying at the beach come up on pleasure boats to swim, snorkle and jump off the HIGH cliff. The nudie folk from Hedo come here at least once a week.....fun to watch....they usually have slides coming off their boat into the bay...
One of the stories going around is that pirates and ganja runners later, used this as a storage for treasure and ganja. It is really cool to go inside in a small boat all the way to the back , where there is a small beach and the stairs going up. There are always one or two boats cruising up the cliffs (Vincent is one) that will stop, pick you up and take you sightseeing.
Supposedly parts of the movie Pappillon was filmed right here. (Dustin Hoffman)
My old friend Tony Vassel can pick you up at Sangster Airport in Mobay for the drive to Negril, which takes about an hour and a half. It is a fun drive along the coast going through some interesting towns along the way. He can stop for food and drink if you want as well. Tony also takes folk to Y's Falls, and other places nearby for a small fee. Just remember that gasoline is pretty expensive in Jamaica. The ride from Mobay to your hotel in Negril should run about $75-$80 which can be divided by the number of riders. He also rents scooters (Tykes Bikes) that you can use to go down to the beach easily when staying in the Cliff area.
I put this on my Negril page but its more like Middle Quarters on the South Coast of the island.
From what I was told, the bamboo was planted here during the early 20th century. Its about 2 1/2 miles long and was planted here to give shade from the hot sun to the sugar cane workers. Its not a real big deal but if you are in the area check it out. It looks like a tunnel made of Bamboo. It looks pretty cool.
This isnt exactly in Negril, its more on the South Coast of the island. Its is closer to Negril than to Montego Bay or Ocho Rios. You can also do a day trip out of Ys Falls, The Appleton Rum Estate, Bambo Avenue and Black River. Yes, all this can be done in one day.
These are eight falls separated by pools of beautiful fresh water. You can climb these falls to but its not as slippery as Dunns Falls because you climb on the outside of the falls. They have built stairs for you to climb up. These falls will actually be better for kids.
The entrance fee is about $15 usd and they are openned from Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am- 3:30pm.
When we first arrived we paid our entrance fee then went on a long tractor that took us through acres of privately owned land called YS estate. It is so beautiful. There were horses, and cows and rivers and beautiful landscape. There are also clean bathrooms, changing rooms and lockers.
I really liked this place, I think I liked it better than Dunns Falls. But really, both were beautiful.
We did the black River safari tour by total chance. I wasnt on the top of our list but our driver Lee said we could do this tour, the waterfall tour and the Rum tour all in one day because it is on the same part of the island so we said ok.
It was about an hour long and pretty interesting. I was surprised to see the crocodiles here because I didnt know they had any. Also it seems like the Crocs like to hang out in the same spots all the time because the Tour guides driving the boats knew exactly where to go to find them. They even named all of them. Since the weather is warm the croc come out pretty far. It was very interesting. We also saw different types of birds and local plants. Dont ask me names because I dont remember.
In Negril, it seems as though everyone is a taxi driver, however only those with red license plates are actually certified taxi drivers. Always negotiate the price of your excursion and intended destination before getting into the cab. Most people will stay true and honest once they've given you a price. Negotating is often a part of the experience, so simply be prepared for this, or set up all of your travel arrangements before reaching the island.
If you haven't arranged a booze cruise, river tour, jungle tour, or other trips in advance, than feel free to just take a taxi tour around the island. Most drivers are happy to take you around and show you what they are proud of within their country. Many drivers hang out around hotels and downtown Negril- so it's never hard to find one. The drivers often have the best recommendations for places to eat as well as safe places to hang out at night.
I went with some friends to Jamaica, and we ended up finding this tour guide called Sexy Rexy. He was awesome! He took us to Blue Mountain, Kingston, and YS Falls. Each night we ended up staying in Negril drinking at these various bars. It was an awesome experience, being a fun and safe way to see Jamaica.
A must is to go snokling with a very nice captain named vincent . His name is on the side of his boat. You will get to see the island from a different beautiful veiw! He will pick you up by water at your hotel. Even if you just boat ride he has a safe glass bottom boat. Our friend we met thur another VT member (pirate) OZ made all the arrangements. Not a lot of $ . Oz also picked us up at the airport nice van and very nice man with a lot of info about what and how to do it ! I always wanted my hair braided found a really nice girl named Wanetta at booth 59 at the craft market. she also had the best price on carved fish! Between my mom and I we bought 7 fish ! Must see Have Fun !
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