Gone to Negril 2 years ago but can't forget how helpfull and kind was Bryan, a great cab driver who makes us discovers customs and places few tourists see. So, if u're interested in Jamaica seen by jamaicans, treat him well, u won't be deceived.
His phone number:0018-7637-26402.
The best way to get around Negril is on foot -- just walking up and down the beach to the different hotels/restaurants. You will be approached by beach vendors and drug dealers, but it's not nearly as sinister as it sounds. I wouldn't walk along the beach at night, but that's my personal feeling. If you have to go into town (which I wouldn't recommend) you have to take a taxi from most beach hotels. The town is crowded and unattractive in my view and I would really only recommend going for necessities like groceries or cash. We had to go to the ATM to get more cash and I found it a bit uncomfortable.
First, check to see if your hotel offers a shuttle service as it will be the most reliable form of transportation. We didn't do this and hired an independent driver with a business called Talk of the Town. Barry was our driver and he was waiting for us when we walked out of MoBay airport. He was friendly enough and the drive was fine. The problem occured when he forgot to pick us up to return to the airport. Very stressful. Luckily, we were staying at the amazing and incomparable Caves and they arranged transport for us very quickly. I was disappointed and frustrated, but I will say that Barry emailed me personally when I got home and apologized profusely for his lapse. Everyone makes mistakes so I'd hate my one experience to be held against this company that usually gets such rave reviews.
to get to negril you can fly to montego bay's airport, and take a taxi from there; or fly to kingston airport, and take a light aircraft to negril's aerodrome. a taxi from montego bay is cheaper, and in my opinion more convenient. the ride takes two hours.
if you are an independent traveler you can take one of the collective taxis from montego bay's bus station. if you share one of these taxis with locals, you will save a lot of money. you may need to change taxis in lucea
On the resort tours you are either waiting on someone or someone is waiting on you. So we hired a taxi, through the resort to be at our beckon call for an evening. After taking us to our first stop, the driver said he had to leave and pick up a couple and would be back in a few minutes. Well, an hour later and we had to call the resort to get him returned to us. After getting back together and from that point on, he was very helpful and stayed with us the rest of the evening. Someone had made an impression on him somewhere down the road. Speak slowly and make your driver speak slowly if neccessary to get your directions across to each other. Red tag taxis are government controlled. White tag taxis are okay, but be firm with the drivers.
Both TimAir and Air Jamaica Express offer air transfer service between Montego Bay Sangster's airports and Negril.
TimAir flights are on Cessna's for the most part, and can seat 4-8 passengers. These are great because they aren't scheduled air, and you won't have a long wait when you arrive in town.
Air Jamaica Express planes are a bit larger, holding around 15 passengers. These are scheduled service, and you can purchase these tickets along with regular Air Jamaica tickets in the States.
Each of these cost about $65 per person, each way. The flight is only about 15 minutes, which will save you about an hour then if you took the bus.
Reservations for TimAir can be made in advance. Just pay at the ticket counter upon arrival. Air Jamaica Express can either be paid in advance, or simply show up at the terminal and get on the next flight.