Negril Jamaica – Getting There is half the Fun
Most visitors will fly into Montego Bay’s international airport and take the 55 miles drive southwest to Negril Once there, it’s plain to see that Seven Mile Beach is where the action is both during the day and after the sun goes down. Accommodations range from funky guesthouses, expansive all-inclusive resorts to high-end boutique properties delivering barefoot elegance.
Get Connected Before you Travel
Bring your unlocked GSM phone, tablet, or blackberry and stay connected with the Folks back home. Its wise to order a sim before you travel to Negril. Put the sim into your unlocked phone and test it by calling your Jamaica number from your home phone. If it rings you are Good to Go! LIME Jamaica is the best choice sim with the largest network on island. With LIME you get free incoming calls and text messages. Add the International plan (WorldPak) and call home for pennies. Two hours of calls costs less than $5. You can go with a sim card only or even get a low cost phone and sim package. Go with a sim from mrsimcard.com. They are fast and friendly and know how to get you going.
Seven Mile Beach
The center of action for the family would have to be Seven Mile Beach, where activities abound — from snorkeling to sailing. Kids will especially enjoy one of the glass-bottom boat rides available from local operators. They’ll also get a kick out of climbing the 103 stairs of the Negril lighthouse. Kool Runnings Adventure Park is Jamaica’s largest water park and the park’s water slides, lazy river, paintball and go-cart track can furnish a full day of action for families. Swim with the dolphins and interact with other sea creatures at Dolphin Cove Negril.
Rick’s Cafe – On the Cliffs
While Negril has some high-powered venues representing a huge investment, Rick’s Café is a more modest attraction that has stood the test of time to become the number-one must-do for those visiting the destination. This West End bar and grill is perched on the cliffs with a perfect view of the island sun going down. It’s a festive atmosphere with a dash of showmanship from the daring divers plunging into the ocean from a variety of platforms.
Novices will want to begin a dive from a modest height and, if they’re brave enough, work their way up to the highest platform, which juts out over the water at 35 feet. Bystanders cheer, especially for the Jamaicans who go even higher up into the tree limbs perched on the cliffs. These guys egg the crowd on to contribute tips before making their dodgy dives. If you get hungry, Rick’s serves up island favorites like grilled lobster and jerk chicken. It’s also possible to book afternoon catamaran cruises that include watching the sun go down at Rick’s.
South Coast Travel
Negril is also positioned to take advantage of day trips to the less-visited south coast of Jamaica. Two attractions in particular would fascinate families: boat excursions on the Black River to get an up-close-look at crocodiles; and YS Falls where families can picnic among seven cascades and even try their hand at a Tarzan swing over a waterfall pool. Frommers has a good guide with more details on South Coast adventures.