Negril Travel Guide

  • The beach in front of our hotel.
    The beach in front of our hotel.
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    Rock House Bar / Rest.
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  • The cliffs at the Negril Escape
    The cliffs at the Negril Escape
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Negril Things to Do

  • Rick's Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    One of the top attractions in Negril is this complex, with a fabulous location above Pirate's cove. Sunset was the argument that took us there, but I think that the real reason is... everybody goes. More than a café, this is a... happening.

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  • Snorkeling

    While I didn't see anything terribly exotic, we did spot a few stingrays near our resort in very shallow water within easy reach from the beach at the end of the resort (currently the clothing optional beach). I also saw an eel and the usual variety of tropical fish you find in the Caribbean. Our resort also had a snorkeling cruise, they change...

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  • Beach

    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...

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Negril Hotels

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Negril Restaurants

  • Best Fried Chicken

    Amazing fried chicken from scratch ($6). Came with coleslaw and we also ordered a side of french fries ($1.50). The sweet and sour dipping sauce was delicious. I also had a glass of pineapple juice. A lot of locals came here to pick up take-away. One of the best lunch places I experienced in Negril.

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  • Xtabi is Excellent!

    Wes, our taxi driver recommended this place. We started off with drinks at the bar. The bartender was fantastic. Drinks were on the pricier side ($6.50 for vodka cocktail, $4 for red stripe). We dined out on the patio facing the ocean. A beautiful view and romantic atmosphere. Entrees were $12 each and we ordered the jerk chicken pasta (okay) and...

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  • You WILL come back for Jerry's cooking.

    Jerry makes everything from scratch..no frozen food,so you can relax with a cool drink and gaze upon the sea and chill while your food is professionally prepared. Whether it's breakfast , American or Jamaican, lunch or dinner, you will not be dissapointed. The walls are decorated with paintings past vacationers have had done for them and hung on...

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Negril Nightlife

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  • Great Drinks & Company

    Our favourite bar in Negril. We started and ended most nights here. Rodger's sister Patriche runs the bar. She has the basic liquors, red stripe, and mixers. Most popular drink was rum and coke. I always asked for "girlie drinks" and she made me fresh carrot and mango juices with vodka ($4). Look for the tiki hut with the Canadian and American...

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  • Good Spot for A Cold Drink

    Great place to stop for a cold drink. We chilled out with red stripes ($2) and Tings ($1) (grapefruit) and watched the world go by on the beach. Spoty wifi if you can get it.

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  • Just guessing

    We were there at sunset. I don't know how it is by night, but that kind of animation can't be stopped just because the sun has disappeared. If I had a night to live in Negril (we moved away), this would be my obvious first choice.

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Negril Transportation

  • Shared Negril Transportation

    I booked a shared transfer from Montego Bay airport to Negril with Jamaica Customised Vacation and Tours, I stayed at the RIU Tropical Bay, first I was sceptic because of their cheap rate, when I got to the airport Kenrick was waiting with a sign, my vehicle was waiting, we were quickly dispatched and Garfield our driver was very informative with...

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  • Wes' Taxi Service

    Wes' Taxi Service is excellent in every aspect. Wes had great recommendations while we were staying in Negril and he was very flexible with his rates. We met him while we were staying at Jah B's in Negril.He recommended a great catamaran sunset cruise for us. He was also half the price of the red-plated taxis. Excellent and we will certainly use...

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  • Clive's Transport Service

    I was so relieved I pre-booked Clive's Transport Service online prior to arrival. As soon as you exit Montego Bay airport, you are swarmed by taxi/transport service providers.I pre-booked Clive's online and did not receive an email response. So, I emailed again and Georgina assured me my transport to/from the airport was arranged. I assumed the...

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Negril Shopping

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  • A Mall for tourists

    It seems to exist a great dualism in Jamaica's life - tourists for one side, locals for the other. Anywhere else I saw a so distinctive commercial structure, with malls exclusively for tourists. Was it a wrong idea?This mall, as several other that I visited, has almost nothing to sell in common life - only jewels and touristy staff. I feel cold, in...

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  • Local crafts

    If you want jewellery go to the malls. Common things in local supermarkets. Local crafts... everywhere. So, why not in the beach? You may bargain, see people doing them, order your own finishing, and keep on bathing during the work.

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  • patties and breads

    Stopped here to get a snack, got one beef and one veggie patty and 2 coco breads to go for about $3....really good crust and filling---on the road to Sav (on the rt) just past the roundabout. patties $1-2

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Negril Local Customs

  • Kill 'em with kindness!

    At first I found Jamaicans to be taciturn. Perhaps they are just shy, maybe a little wary of tourists. Anyway, I was just persistently kind and in the end most of the hotel staff seemed to thaw a bit. Just don't expect Jamaicans to behave and act like Americans -- they aren't Americans and they have a distinctly different outlook and world view. Be...

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  • Tipping

    A lot of people ask about tipping in Jamaica. I have found in my travels that most of the working Jamaicans barely make a sustainable salary and rely heavily on tips.Therefore I tip pretty heavy when I get good service and when service is not all that great I still give them at least 15%.Another thing to remember is to agree on cab fare before...

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  • Lenguage

    jamaicans speak a local language called 'patois'. it is a mixture of african dialects, with english, spanish and french influences. they also speak english. some jamaicans speak english with a strong accent, though. the first time you hear a jamaican speaking english, you may have difficulties understanding him. but once you get used to their...

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Negril Warnings and Dangers

  • Hustle the tourist

    My husband and I visited Negril late last month and had a good time for the most part. First off let me mention that we are black and therefore I would imagine that we would get hassled a lot less than whites visiting Jamaica because until we open our mouths they don’t know if we are local or not. We stayed at a beautiful hotel right on the cliffs...

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  • obeah dangers

    The previous poster, chaves4, echoes my experience in Jamaica. I visited Negril about 10 years ago and it sounds like that it has not changed. The country is beautiful and scenic, but many people are poor and desperate. I can only warn travelers of the Obeah practitioners in the country. Obeah is the practice of harnessing supernatural forces and...

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  • Negril, Jamaica

    My friend and I just came back from Negril, I am so thankful that we stayed at the west end by the cliff side since we didn't nearly got as bugged as a lot of people that stayed on 7 mile beach. I am so glad that I picked the cliff side, we stayed at XTabi which was amazing, I highly recommend it, the staff was great and they have a great location...

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Negril Tourist Traps

  • How not to get SUCKERED - On the beach...

    Along the beach in Negril, you'll be easily spotted, and waved over, or the salesmen will approach you with a very polished sales pitch. Crummy bracelets, all kinds of drugs ranging from the local ganga, to hash, brownies that they've 'cooked themselves' and finally 'blow'. These guys have an incredible memory for your face, so the common "We will...

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  • Margaritaville

    Tourist Trap on 7-Mile Beach. Does Jimmy Buffet really need anymore money??We went there during football season to catch a game, which was cool cuz they have a bunch of big screens. But after the game, during live music, they wanted $10 us for 1 Red Stripe!Come on, you can walk 10 yards away to any other beach bar and pay $1-5 us. If you have to...

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  • CLIFF JUMPING AT RICKS CAFE

    While enjoying the sunset, you will be enticed to jump form the cliff by local jumpers. Do not be fooled. the place is gorgeous and it is hard not to take advantage especially if you have a bit of a try it all attitude. Read my words think about it twice. If you have to go ,and i encourage you to have a drink there and enjoy the views of the...

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Negril What to Pack

  • Recommended Products and Clothing

    In addition to the obvious- sandals and light weight clothing, bring a pair of pants and shoes. Beach mites bite your legs at dusk when you walk on the beach, and this is one way to avoid the red marks. 1) Neutrogena Color-Boosting Facial Sunblock, 30 SPF2) Hawaiian Tropic Oil-free, Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Spray, 50 SPF3) Repel Insect...

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  • I could kick myself for not bringing..

    Extra workout clothes (if you plan to use the gym). The humidity makes it hard to hand wash and dry out in time for another use! Also, I would have brought extra underwear for the same above reason!At our hotel's restaurants, a strict dress code was enforced. If I could do it all over again, I would have brought a pair of leather sandals and/or a...

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  • The Maxi Dress

    Ladies - All I can say is Maxi dress! In the right material it works as a bathing suit cover up, an out to dinner dress, lunch by the ocean... I brought two and wore them non-stop! of course film and supplies are way over-priced. Definitely make sure you are stocked up! Make sure you bring sunscreen (price gouging happens). Also, if you're...

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Negril Off The Beaten Path

  • Dunn's River Falls

    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.

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  • Hire a fisherman to take you up the...

    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...

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  • Y's Falls day trip

    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...

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Negril Sports & Outdoors

  • Snorkel

    We had a chance to snorkel near the Pirate's cove. Wonderful place, clear and warm waters, but the reefs were too damaged to show more than a few small fishes. Well, maybe after being in Red Sea, Phi Phi Islands or Isla Mujeres I became too demanding!

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  • Water sports

    All the common water activities are available in Negril - it seems. The long beach was punctuated with signs of activity, with scuba or snorkeling more westwards, in the rocky area.

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  • Parasailing

    When in Negril you should definitely go parasailing over the Carribean Sea. There will be many tour companies out on the beach ready to be hired for this adventure. The views that you see are amazing and the brilliantly clear carribean water is even more beautiful from high above. A nice way to get a view of the surroundings.

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  • A Recommended Guide in Negril

    On our last visit to Negril, a friend of ours introduced us to his longtime guide, Ian Perry. We got to be great friends and found him to be knowledgeable, reliable and resourceful. Once, after realizing I'd left my backpack at a jerk place 20 miles behind us (DOH!), Ian whipped out his cellphone, found the number, and made sure the manager had it...

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  • Local Foods

    Ackee - national fruit of JamaicaBreadfruit - a local fruit often used more like a vegetableSalt Fish - like dried/salted codfishJerk - a spicy rub or sauce often used to marinate chicken, you can ask for varied levels of spicinessGoat - raised locally, a substitute to more expensive beefBammy - like a cornmeal cake, often served with ginger soy...

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  • Internet access

    Wanting to check our emails one evening (and catch up on VT gossip, of course!) we stopped by this small shop not far from the Rockhouse Hotel, where we’d spotted a sign advertising internet access. It has just two PCs with a reasonably fast connection. We paid 100 Jamaican dollars for 25 minutes, the minimum time allowed. If you want more than...

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  • Feb 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Hello,
    After much thought I communicate some distressing and disconcerting truths about travel to Jamaica. After ten years of vacations in Jamaica, I have questions and comments.
    Why do Jamaicans treat tourists like their tenants and second class to Jamaicans? We pay top dollar to travel and stay in your country and are denied basics in our accommodations such as toilet paper. Asking may or may not result in more paper. This is just one example representing how a visitor is held to the rules of the 'landlord.' It is supposed to be a Host-Guest relationship and NOT a Landlord-Tenant relationship. We are often treated as a ‘thorn in the sides of those we are paying.’ I am and have always been respectful of persons and property. Yet there were many mornings that I woke up to a small pile of beach trash (paper, cigarette butts) on my outside tabletop that had been raked up from the ‘yard.’ I never littered, EVER! Even while on the road I would secure my cigarette butt in the vehicle until disposing of it properly. How disrespectful of someone to put the raked up trash on the table of someone paying $ 225.00 per night for the room. A traveler with us was told, ‘Don’t drop your cigarette butts.’ We were told ‘Don’t invite Jamaicans to your accommodations, don’t leave the light on, do leave the light on, do this, don’t do that, etc., etc.…..you cannot have that, I’m sorry.’ It is almost like going from a free life to a controlled life WHILE ON A HIGH-COST VACATION.

    The examples above indicate a perspective and mentality of the Jamaican people toward their guests.

    As a tourist and former lover of the Jamaican culture, people and land, I now realize that Jamaicans only see us as a means to their ultimate goals: more money, things, etc. The Jamaicans that we have helped with clothing, money, items, etc. only ask us for more and more. The Jamaicans are THE BEST opportunists in the world. I now see their friendliness and 'happiness' as fake and only a way to get what they want. They see us not as someone who respects them (COMMON COURTESY) but to get, get, get from us. Respect is the bottom-line issue.
    Q: Why do Jamaicans always ask you, "Your first time to Jamaica?" A: So they know how far they can take advantage of you.

    So I now choose to travel to and pay for a vacation in a country where the host country ONLY wants my money. There is NO respect for tourists as fellow human beings, like your greeting, "Respect" attempts to indicate. Jamaica is the wrong choice for me and the many Europeans, Canadians and fellow Americans that shared my same frustrations. Those people were NOT staying in the same place as myself. The sentiments were the same, ‘TV doesn’t work and we asked three times.’ ‘We haven’t have toilet paper for two days.’ ‘I purchased some carvings and the man wouldn’t take money for them saying ‘pay later’ only to be overcharged and harassed. Same with taxi drivers—won’t take money locking you into the return trip only to overcharge. Most conversations with these tourists ended similar to: "Never again - this is not the only beautiful water in the world."

    Summary: Your country is dependent on your guests and if they continue to be treated as second class (or worse) and as tenants, your country will suffer. There will be your long-term, budget visitors who add MUCH LESS to your economy than the short-term visitor. (I interacted with many of these great budgeters. One Canadian said he had been in Jamaica for five weeks and his total costs were $2,000 to that point—including airfare.) Our less than two-week vacation costs were over $ 5,000.

    Jamaica is dependent on tourist revenue to survive. We are guests...paying guests who deserve respect ESPECIALLY if we are respectful to all Jamaicans and tourists alike. TRUE RESPECT for oneself and others goes A LONG WAY, as does common courtesy.

    I have ill feelings toward the country of Jamaica and Jamaicans in general. I could not imagine myself ever feeling this way. My conversations were always oriented toward how beautiful your country is and how colorful and interesting a culture you have. I have always appreciated that you have a very complex culture and prided myself in understanding more of the history, struggles, status quo of Jamaica and the intricacies of the Jamaicans themselves.

    I really cannot even believe that I am writing that as my future retirement plans were oriented to doing mission work in Jamaica. That is how I have always felt about Jamaica until I clearly saw the very disrespectful ways of your culture. I appreciate that survival in Jamaica is difficult compared to other countries and that your people in general are striving to survive--all the more reason to embrace the truth about the source of your country’s money and secure it. Respect is all it takes.

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      Mar 5, 2014 at 6:26 AM

      What a load of crap. $225 a nite? Serves you right. When you stay all inclusive you get to do what they tell you to do. when to eat, what to eat. You need to loosen up man and stay in a Holliday Inn in your country. We have been staying two months a year since 1986 on the famous 7 mile beach and I spend $2500 for my wife and I for two months stay. I see people come wearing their bling and looking down on Jamaicans like they were there to serve them. The big hotels tell you not to go outside the " compound" or harm will find you…We eat ,play and hang with the locals, on the beach and in the mountains and have never felt these things you speak of. We love the people of Jamaica,their culture and their kindness not to mention the fantastic food from the local restaurants all over the island. You need to experience the real Jamaica Mon. When I see people walking along the beach with wrist bands I feel sorry for them as they will never enjoy the culture and friendliness of the Jamaican people…only the opinions of those who won't leave their hotel compound as they call it. Step out of your comfort zone and learn the ways of these humble people.

 
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