Negril is known as a place of simple but extraordinary beauty, featuring restaurants and hotels that are built into the rocky cliffs, and bright colored trade stands and shacks give the town heaps of charm and personality, making it a popular location for tourists. With plenty to see and do in this little heaven, you will love exploring every corning of it. Here are a few of the top places to see in Negril.
Rick’s Café is one of Negril’s most famous attractions, located on the most beautiful cliff, where you can chat to locals and enjoy freshly prepared cocktails. You can also jam to the sounds of a live reggae band, and watch the awesome sunset as the professional cliff diver’s jump from the unbelievable 35 feet high cliff. Jumping is reserved for the professionals, as it can be dangerous. But if you fancy yourself an adrenalin junkie, there are diving boards at different heights that you can leap from. For more information, check out rick’s cafe.
Booby Cay is a gem located just off the eastern end of Negril. Offering a wealth of coral reefs all packed with stunning marine life, you will be able to bathe in the splendor of this natural wonder. This is also the ideal spot to try some water sports, including swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and scuba diving. After savoring the beauty of the waters, you can enjoy a picnic or fresh lobster grilled by locals on the white-sand beach. If you would prefer a boat adventure, glass bottomed boats will allow you to see the ocean life from above.
Royal Palm Reserve
If you have an interest in nature, and even if you don’t, the Royal Palm Reserve is an ecotourism attraction that is home to 114 plant species and over 300 animal species. Located in the Negril Great Morass wetlands, you can enjoy seeing an abundance of native birds, butterflies, and reptiles; as well as some of the most amazing Royal Palm trees, some of which are over 80 feet tall. You can read more info here.
Seven Mile Beach
Jamaica’s most famous, and gorgeous beach, the Negril Beach, better known as the Seven Mile Beach, features some of the most beautiful crystal blue waters and white sand in the world. Although it is called the Seven Mile Beach, it is actually only about four miles long. It is highly recommended that visitors to Jamaica try to visit this beach at least once, and you can rent snorkeling equipment from nearby shops. If you prefer a faster pace, try your hand at parasailing or windsurfing.
Blue Hole Mineral Spring
Just a short 25-minute drive from Negril is the Blue Hole, a mineral spring located in a limestone grotto. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the refreshing cool waters that are claimed to possess therapeutic qualities. Rubbing the white mud that surrounds the spring onto your skin is rumored to soothe and smooth your skin. There are also cliffs where you can jump into the pool below, and a ladder that descends to the water below if you would prefer not to jump.
Lighthouses are some of the most popular tourist attractions around the world (check out beautiful lighthouses), and the Negril Lighthouse is no different. Built in 1894, this 30-meter high white lighthouse is the tallest structure in Negril. Test your fear of heights by climbing the narrow stairs to the top, where you can take in the stunning views of the coastline and the sunset from the observation deck.
Although Negril is home to the most famous Jamaican beach, it also features another spectacular, albeit lesser known, beach – Bloody Bay. Named after the legend of a violent pirate battle, Bloody Bay offers clear, warm waters, soft white sand, and lush tropical plants that provide shade. Due to it being overshadowed by the popular Seven Mile Beach, Bloody Bay has much fewer crowds, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the Caribbean Sea in peace.
Kool Running’s Adventure Park
This is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy, featuring paintball, a bungee trampoline, go-kart racing, water slides, and swimming pools. Although Kool Running’s is still fairly new, it has made waves in the Negril tourism scene. With a number of restaurants and cafes located within the park, you can enjoy a full day of activities at this one-of-a-kind adventure zones.
There are so many wonderful things to do and see in Negril, and although you may not get to all of them, just exploring your surroundings will afford you a unique insight into this exciting and charismatic town.