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Negril is party central. This beach resort at the extreme west end of Jamaica is infamously laid-back and sexy. It also has the most spectacular white-sand beach on the island. Running six miles, Long Bay is lined virtually its entire way with hotels, many of which are large all-inclusives. To its south, the humble hamlet of Negril sits in the hills behind a limestone cliff. Extending for several miles south, this "West End" section is topped by restaurants, bars, and accommodations from simple Rastafarian-run shacks to ritzy boutique hotels. During spring break, U.S. students flock here, enlivening the beach scene with bikini and wet ...

Negril is party central. This beach resort at the extreme west end of Jamaica is infamously laid-back and sexy. It also has the most spectacular white-sand beach on the island. Running six miles, Long Bay is lined virtually its entire way with hotels, many of which are large all-inclusives. To its south, the humble hamlet of Negril sits in the hills behind a limestone cliff. Extending for several miles south, this "West End" section is topped by restaurants, bars, and accommodations from simple Rastafarian-run shacks to ritzy boutique hotels. During spring break, U.S. students flock here, enlivening the beach scene with bikini and wet T-shirt parties. The smell of ganja (marijuana) is usually in the air, and hustlers pushing drugs are a major nuisance. Still, Negril's insouciance and fun spirit is irresistible. Inland, a vast swampland-turned-reserve harbors crocodiles and fabulous birdlife. There's even a golf course. And water sports range from para-sailing and water-skiing to some of the best scuba diving in the region. Music is a major forte of Negril, which hosts annual reggae festivals. And the lively bar scene tops out at Rick's, an institution popular with patrons for clifftop leaps into the Caribbean.

Christopher Baker
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Christopher P. Baker has authored guidebooks to Costa Rica, California, and various Caribbean islands for Frommer's, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic, among others.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located on the south shore of Jamaica, approximately 50 miles west of Montego Bay.
  • Language: English and Jamaican Patois
  • Currency: Jamaican Dollar
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Jamaica Beachfest, in April; early spring months offer the nicest weather.