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Negril is in Jamaica

Negril is famous for its 7 miles of cool, white sand beaches and another 7 miles of 40' cliffs. One of the most beautiful towns in Jamaica, it has a more laid back atmosphere than that of Montego Bay and is more touristy than Ocho Rios. When you stay at a hotel on the beach you are literally on the beach when you walk out of the beachside of your hotel. You have probably never seen water this clear or warm. You will be amazed at how far out you can walk in the water before it gets up to your neck. The water is gentler and the sand is whiter(smaller grained aka softer) the farther down(away from town) you are. The end of the beach down by the all-inclusives is the whitest.

Get in[edit]

Fly into the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Take a 60-90 minute shuttle van ride to Negril.

Amstardmc.com A highly recommended Airport transport company and Excursions [1] with more than 20 years of service. You can book a transfer online or you can phone them from the USA and Canada at (877) 329-4461 or phone them from Mexico at 01 800 267-8270.

Travel Around Jamaica Tours specializes in providing safe and reliable 1st class private airport transfers from Montego Bay Airport and Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, which includes private transfers to any hotels or villas in Jamaica. Travel Around Jamaica Tours also provides private transfers to many great Jamaican sightseeing and adventure tours. For more info Call (876) 287-2180 or (860) 499-0256 or email them at: info@travelaroundjamaica.com

Thrillertoursjamaica.net' Thriller Tours provides airport transfers and shuttles to all locations in Jamaica. If you are looking for a pickup, drop off, or round trip from Montego Bay to Negril or Kingston to Negril they can provide transportation. You can reach them at 321-420-7393 or thrillertours@yahoo.com.

paradisepalmsjamaicatours.comPPJTours & Airport Transfers provides Private Airport Transfers including Helicopter transfers from the Montego Bay Airport.

Jamaicaairporttransfer.comJamaica Airport Transfers provides private airport transfer for individual and group going to Negril from Montego Bay Airport. You can reach them at(876 596-0796 or info@jamaicaairporttransfer.com .

Clive's Transport Service is a great way to get from the airport to Negril, for $20 per person in a nice, air-conditioned van with really positive staff to meet you off the plane, provide you with refreshments & very safe, friendly, accommodating drivers. You can also book tours with Clive. Book on-line at www.clivestransportservicejamaica.com or call him on (876) 869-7571 for both regular and private transfers and tours.

Kingsley James of Take Care Tours, www.kingsleystakecaretours.com, is reliable and available for private or group transportation throughout the island, in a clean and comfortable van. Based in the West End, with 20 years experience. Email reservations and requests to takecaretours@hotmail.com. They can be reached by calling (876) 885-1383.

Dudley Warren's Big Ship Tours will take excellent care of you; tours and airport transfer to and from Negril with a/c, cold drinks and great company. Call them at (876) 995-4210.

Get around[edit]

The least expensive way to get around is to hire "Route Taxis". There are two types, red plate, and non red plates or route taxis.

Red plate taxis are official and you can bargain with them. Route Taxis, for example, from the Rui Resort on Bloody Bay to downtown Negril will charge about $2 per person. From Rui to Ricks Cafe is about $4 per person. Be sure to set your price with the driver BEFORE you enter their taxi! Current rates (2012) seem to be 100 Jamaica dollars along the beachfront road to the roundabout in Negril township, and 100 more for any point past this i.e. around the cliffs. Double this if you are catching a route taxi at night.

Non red plate taxis can be anyone owning a car. Some will show their "Jamaican tourism ID" which is still not official unless their license plate on the car is red. Many drivers will attempt to get you to hire them for tours or just to one location. Many of them are very expensive, even if you try to negotiate with them. They will double and triple the cost of a route/red plate taxi. Drivers who are not Route Taxis often charge over $10 per person and will tell you that Route Taxis aren't safe (which is not true, it's just a way to get more money from tourists). In non larger or locally owned hotels, they might have "official drivers" which still does not mean you will get a good price, these again are non-red plate taxis.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Rick's Cafe, is known for the cliffside it is built upon, where tourists can take a courageous leap into the Caribbean Sea below. During Hurricane Ivan, the cafe slid off the cliffside into the sea below, but it has since been rebuilt and is now bigger than ever and has been rated one of the Top Ten Bars in the World, according to some publications.

Update: Rick's Caféhas undergone extensive refurbishing since Hurricane Ivan, and is about the biggest tourist trap in which to view a gorgeous Negril sunset. Cliff diving is available from a sturdy concrete slab perched high atop the sea cliffs, higher than before. There, visitors can test their mettle or leave it to the professionals (note: people have been killed and seriously injured/maimed when cliff jumping - including the so-called 'professionals'. If you do not have experience cliff jumping and want to jump, then jump from the lower jump first to practise and reduce chance of injury). Just remember that if you watch the show, you're expected to tip the professionals.

Rick's Cafe, Negril

Do[edit][add listing]

Taking a snorkeling tour in one the glass bottom boats is highly recommended. Watch the famous Negril sunset, it is the sunset to remember .


Buy[edit][add listing]

You can spend American dollars almost anywhere on the island. Most of the roadside stand sellers have a calculator and know the exchange rate. Although the roadside sellers are quite savy they can be honest to a fault when it comes to bargaining. If you want a better price you can get it. Just try to avoid upsetting the locals by killing their tourist tax.

In touristy areas items will double in price, if you feel that something is expensive, you're probably right. There are several grocery stores in town with many items such as Jamaican coffee, rum, tea and other local products. These are typically more reasonable in price. This can also save money in food or alcohol costs while vising Negril.

Crafts[edit]

The tourist crafts market at the edge of town is a great place to pick up souvenirs and nick nacks. The sellers are willing to bargain especially if you want more than one thing. Do not be afraid to bargain.

Cigars[edit]

Just like other touristy Jamaican cities, you can purchase cigars from Jamaica or specifically Cuba. Due to the US trade embargo, it's a popular item sold in gift shops in Negril. Remembering that Cuban Cigars are illegal to import back to the United States. If you purchase cigars, unless you are an expert, there is a chance you are buying fake cigars with the label added. These shop owners know that Americans can not have them, so they will offer exorbitant prices. Referencing prices in Europe where it is legal you can pay 3-15$ a cigar, depending on the brand. You should do your research beforehand, and if possible bring someone who knows cigars. Just because an item is in a Cuban Cigar box, it doesn't mean they are authentic.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Sugar Cane, Coconut Jelly/Meat, and Jerk Chicken.

Restaurants[edit]

  • Guinep Corner (West Land Mountain), West land Mountain Road (Just by the famous Guinep Trees), 1 876 8531815. early am till late. Local food at a local Jamaican bar, cooked & served by Jamaican couple Janice & Rasta Martell. From pieces of fresh fried fish and chicken to full breakfasts of Ackee & Saltfish or dinners of goat curry and other Jamaican dishes. Ambiance is truly Jamaica, with domino games, great music, Jamaica TV and wonderful street life. Very local, Jamaican street life at its best set in a really friendly community with strictly 'no harrassment' & total enjoyment. 400JMD.  edit
  • Eddie's De Bar and Grill Jerk chicken plus all the traditional Jamaican dishes, goat, fish and lobster. The bar has great vibes, excellent music, nightly bonfire; truly a Jamaican yard. Just past The Rockhouse Hotel on the left.
  • The Rockhouse Hotel, Phone: 876-957-4373, [3]. A beautifully set restaurant and hotel on the cliffs. They will collect you for free from your hotel and drive you there.
  • Three Dives Restaurant an eatery on the west end that is just past Xtabi Resort. Expect jerk chicken, pork, lobster and snapper - all locally sourced.
  • LTU Restaurant a locally-styled restaurant perched high on the edge of the cliff, just 200 yards from Ricks on the cliff road. The menu offers high quality and a wide range, including vegetarian, and there is a 'specials' board for fresh 'catch of the day' offerings such as Marlin, Kingfish and Mahi mahi.
  • Royal Kitchen a vegetarian/Ital restaurant on the west end past the M&L Market. $250 J gets you a great combo that usually consists of soy chunks, rice and peas, veggies, plus often stew or ackee.
  • Sweet Spice Restaurant, Phone: 876-957-4621 most locals will recommend the place and with good reason, the oxtail is great and the lobster is cheaper than at the beach.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Red Stripe Beer
  • Coconut Water - best straight off the tree, just cut open the coconut with a machete and drink (if you're picky, you can use a straw). You can also buy bottled coconut water basically anywhere on the island, but not as good as getting it fresh from the green coconuts. Good for your heart.
  • Rum Fruit Punch or *Red Stripe Beer are Jamaican concoctions. Guinness and Heineken can also be purchased pretty much anywhere that sells alcohol.

The SamSara Hotel also located in the west part of Negril (past the rock house) has a very nice buy one get one free happy hour from 4-7 every day!


  • Red Dragon. In Red Ground. World Class Jerk Pork. Locals also refer to it as Ragabones. Monday afternoons is a big time for tourists.  edit

Clubs[edit]

  • The Jungle Night Club, Phone: (876) 957-4005, [4]. A night club set on the main road which runs parallel to the 7 mile strip. Plays RnB/Rap/Reggae music. Note that this club is known for its Thursday nights (ladies night) when all ladies enter free. Very fun spot to be. Admission costs $700J (as of Aug 2010).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Judy House Cottages, West Land Mountain Road (off One Love Drive (West End Road)), 1 876 424 5481, [5]. 24. This is really living life in a Jamaican community just minutes away from Negril's beautiful beaches, local cook shops, fantastic restaurants. Two cosy, fully equiped cottages or Sue's One 4 the Road Backpacker Hostel rooms, nestling in the back of Sue's amazing tropical garden. 15 to 75 USD.  edit
  • Riu Tropical Bay, Norman Manley Boulevard, [6]. Victorian-style resort is in Bloody Bay. 416 rooms offer deluxe accommodation, including a mini-bar and liquor dispenser in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Array of buffet dishes and à la carte options at the resort or take advantage of exchange programnme privileges at the Riu Negril. Live music and Riu's theme shows.  edit
Riu Tropical Bay in Jamaica
  • Riu Negril, Norman Manley Boulevard Bloody Bay Beach, 8769575700, [7]. 420 deluxe rooms, a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach just minutes away from shopping area and nightlife. The resort offers renowned mini-bar and liquor dispenser, along with a complete programme of daytime activities and nightly entertainment. Dine at any of the tempting buffets and the à la carte specialty restaurants or enjoy a drink at one of our cosy bars.  edit
  • Rock House, [8] Rockhouse combines natural beauty, strong architectural design, local materials and craftsmanship, excellent service, and a relaxed Jamaican experience. The hotel has an interesting history; when its first room was built in 1972, it was one of the first hotels on Negril's cliffs. Early guests included Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. In 1994, the property was purchased by a group of Australians.
  • Beaches, 1-888-BEACHES, [9]. All inclusive family resort.
  • Hedonism Resorts, Phone: 877-467-8737, [10]. All inclusive resort with adults only fare nude resort.
  • LTU Villas, +1 876 957 0382, [11]. Large, spacious rooms at reasonable prices. Free WiFi access and cable TV throughout.
  • Negril Yoga Center, [12]. $30-65 USD (double occupancy). Quiet & peaceful collection of small cozy villas. Has daily yoga lessons for $10 USD. Kitchen provides vegetarian fare.
  • Negril Tree House Resort, Phone: 876-957-4287, [13]. Not an all inclusive but close enough with room service, a bar/restaurant, pool, hot tub, towels for the beach at the front desk, and a free buffet breakfast. The two bedroom suites at the top of the treehouse-style rooms have a master bedroom with a bidé and double sinks in the master bath, a full size fridge, a washer, cooking utensils, dining room table, DVD player with cable in the living room, cable, tv in both bedrooms, remote controlled serious air conditioners and ceiling fans in all rooms. The cleaning service washes all the dishes and will do your laundry if you are feeling too lazy to use the washing machine. There are also a hammock, and a little hammock-like swing on the private open air covered deck at the entrance to the room. They also have one bedroom suites at ground level.
  • Great Huts, [14]. Ecotourism beach bed and breakfast uniquely composed of treehouses and African Huts. Hostel rooms also available.
  • Blue Cave Castle, Lighthouse Road, (876) 957-4845 (), [15]. A castle built 50ft above an old pirates cave, on the cliffs. The views are incredible and all of the rooms face the ocean. The rooms are large with a veranda. The superior rooms have cable TV, CD players, remote control air conditioning, fans, and refrigerators. From $50US, to the huge $120 castle-top penthouse, with its 360 views of Negril.  edit
  • Moon Dance Cliffs Resort and Spa (Moon Dance Cliffs), West End Road, 800-621-1120 (), [16]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12pm. Moon Dance Cliffs is a 22 room boutique hotel with four royal Villas that overlook the Caribbean Sea. The on-site restaurant and bars feature Jamaican and American cuisines. The spectacular 5,000+ sq ft pool includes waterfalls, islands and bridges. The Resort also features an on-site modern Spa. The Royal Villas range from one to five bedrooms. (18.242754,-78.355949) edit
  • Xtabi Hotel [17] Built on the historic Xtabi cliffs. The labyrinth of caves beneath the hotel have served as hiding places for pirate's treasure and film locations for major motion pictures. The Xtabi hotel consists of 24 rooms located on the cliffs and in its beautiful gardens. The hotel also has an award-winning restaurant and large open-air bar.

Stay safe[edit]

Use common sense, especially at night. Negril is generally considered safer than most large American cities.

Jamaicans are very friendly people. In touristy areas though, be aware there are many people who will welcome you, ask you where you're from and offer advice are looking for money. Especially people who go out of their way to say hello. Many will be willing to walk you to a recommended restaurant or offer to show you around. These people will always ask for money in return. Even after giving a few dollars, they will even ask for more. Don't be afraid to say no, and to avoid these people from the start.

When walking down the street, people looking for money will look for ways to grab your attention, such as a fist pound or handshake. Do not be afraid to keep walking, and politely say "no thank you". This can get very tedious at times but think similarly to how you will deal with panhandlers in any major city. When choosing not to stop, you might get some accusations of being "racist", "why you in a hurry", "why you being rude" and such. Remember when walking away they are still trying to get your attention, don't take it personally.

Drugs[edit]

It is illegal to buy and/or use drugs in Jamaica. Commonly, you may be offered marijuana 'smoke... smoke?', "the bob Marley" or simply "weed" by the locals. A pleasant "no thank you" or "yes please!" will usually suffice. Do not be surprised if you are offered drugs several times throughout your stay. In addition, you might be offered a free amount. Typically if you smile and say "no thank you" you will have no problems.

Get out[edit]

A little known fact is that you can walk from the far end of the beach to town in under an hour on the beach if you walk along the beach line to where the trees block the way and then take to the grass along the water. Just stay on the shore and you will stumble into the tourist market at the edge of town. There are coconuts and sugar cane for sale in the parking lot. It is a great way to avoid the taxi tax and stay off the road!

To see more of the area in and around Negril, with a local flare, requires a tour guide. Tour Guides can be hired relatively cheaply, and will add a lot of life to your exploration of Negril, and Jamaica at large. To find one, it is easiest to ask for a referral from a tourist spot, like Rick's Cafe. One local favorite is Sexy Rexy, a Rastafarian tourguide, but others can be found as well.

By Bus/Route Taxi[edit]

Knutsford Express Buses are becoming more and more popular for means of travel throughout Jamaica. Knutsford Express offers charter buses form all the major cities to any of the major tourist locations such as Ocho-Rios, Kingston, Negril and Montego Bay. Fairs are payable on site or on their website ahead of time. Costs depends on the time you book, it's recommended to book ahead of time.

Many hotels offer their own shuttles to and from the airport in Montego Bay. In addition, they will offer tours to local attractions.


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