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Negrilīs fabulous cliffs and "7-Mile Beach"


Negril is one of Jamaicaīs tourist destinations that still holds an authentic vibe to it. The town’s name "Negril", given by the Spaniards in 1494, is a shortened version of "Negrillo". The combination of dramatic rugged cliffs on the West End and the islandīs finest beach known as the "7-Mile Beach" is what makes Negril absolutely unique.  more...


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Negril is one of Jamaicaīs tourist destinations that still holds an authentic vibe to it. The town’s name "Negril", given by the Spaniards in 1494, is a shortened version of "Negrillo". The combination of dramatic rugged cliffs on the West End and the islandīs finest beach known as the "7-Mile Beach" is what makes Negril absolutely unique.

Negrilīs development as a resort location began during the late 1950s, though access to the area remained difficult, as ferries were required to drop off passengers in Negril Bay, forcing them to wade to shore. When the road between Montego Bay and Negril was improved upon in the early 1970s, it helped to increase Negrilīs status as a new resort location. The oldest -Jamaican owned- resorts are those nearest to downtown Negril. Negril’s newer all-inclusive luxury resorts are located farther north up the beach and around Bay Beach while Negrilīs cliff resorts are located south of downtown and reach all the way around the oceanfront to Mount Pleasant. This area is also known as "the West End".

Negril is dubbed the "Capital of Casual" and for a good reason. The first visitors who came in large numbers to Negril were hippies who helped to create Negrilīs laid back and carefree atmosphere. Negril is still the ideal place to meet and make friends with Jamaicans, especially during the day. T-shirts, flip-flops and a swimsuit are all that youīll need to enjoy this tropical oasis. An issue to take into account is that topless sunbathing is quite normal on the beach. In case this is a problem, staying in an all-inclusive hotel may be your best option.

The big question that comes with a visit to Negril is where to stay, the beach or the cliffs!

The cliffs have fewer tourists, hotels and are more private since there is just the cliff road that connects them all. Hotel owners donīt like to fence off the view, which means that it is not recommended to stay here with small kids. There are some wonderful hotels located on the cliffs boasting private sundecks and truly awesome views.

Lots of people visit the cliffs just for the sunset. The most western tip of Jamaica where you also find the lighthouse can be reached by the cliff road. It is said that the sunsets are so beautiful that they often draw applause from the crowd. West End Negril has many fine restaurants and night spots though not as many as the beach area. The cliffs are great for snorkeling; all you have to do is climb down the cliffs or jump off the cliffs into the water, which comes with a certain risk. Also popular is para-sailing, just imagine yourself to glide above the emerald colored sea! The distance between the Cliffs and "7-Mile Beach" is considerable and taking a cab is recommended, especially at night. Cliff hotels tend to be a bit cheaper than beach hotels.

?? Negrilīs Seven Mile Beach is without question the most stunning beach on the island. It does get crowded during peak tourist season, but its ambience is always very relaxed and lively, not the least because there are more kids around who enjoy the shallow, calm and clear water. Like every self-respecting beach resort there are lots of water sports being offered though if you like snorkeling you better go to the cliffs. At night the restaurants and nightclubs take over your attention! If partying stands high on your agenda, the "7-Mile Beach" is perfect for you!

It can be said that Negril is not for everybody since it is not the happy-go-lucky hippie hangout it once was. In one way this can be seen as rather refreshing, on the other hand things are not always as relaxed late at night as they are during the day and evening. In general, very few tourist end up running into trouble. Use your common sense, stay in well lit places and guide your kids when it comes to for example soft drugs that is frequently being offered despite the presence of the police.

Choosing where to stay in Negril all comes down what type of vacation you are looking for and if you are travelling with children. ?

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