Negril, Jamaica: beach vacation travel guide for Canadians
Negril is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful beach destinations: popular with honeymooners and families alike, the town is known for Negril Beach (also called Seven Mile Beach) as well as the spectacular sunsets.
Travelzoo tip: The beaches are part of Negril Marine Park, overseen by a Coral Reef Preservation Society to preserve the waters and the coral reefs.
We love that Seven Mile Beach is backed by cliffs and is full of rocky coves and hidden bays. Go for a sunset catamaran cruise and watch the sun melt into the horizon.
Travelzoo tip: Seven Mile Beach is actually only four miles long, but it’s four miles of sun, sand, and sea.
Government regulations keep buildings below a certain height, which makes Negril the ideal destination for Travelzoo members looking for a laid-back vibe with quaint bungalows and panoramic ocean views. It's not boring though, as evidenced by adrenaline-rush activities like diving off the famous Negril Cliffs. Head to popular Rick’s Café, located right on the cliff edge on the western point of the island, to watch the wild and adventurous jump off the cliffs into the waters below.
Half Moon Beach on Green Island is quieter and more peaceful than the iconic Seven Mile Beach. Take a boat from Half Moon Beach to Calico Jack’s, located on a nearby island for a quick and tasty meal.
Or plan a visit to Bloody Bay, located just north of Seven Mile Beach with calm, clear waters and palm and sea grape trees providing shelter from the sun. The reefs run a little closer to the shore, providing great snorkelling opportunities and instant appeal for novice snorkelers (hi, kids!).
Other popular activities for travellers include chasing waterfalls; Jamaica's famous Dunn’s River Falls and Mayfields Falls are a quick drive from Negril. Located just 25 minutes southeast of Negril is Blue Hold Mineral Spring, with waters that are said to hold therapeutic properties.