Negril, Jamaica

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Negril, once a sleepy fishing village, Negril has blossomed into a full-scale resort. It is still one of the best places for visitors to meet Jamaicans on their own turf.

The carefree, unhurried atmosphere (a legacy of its days as a hippie hangout in the 1970s) is quite unlike that of the other tourist towns, making it popular with Jamaicans as well as visitors. It's located an hour's drive southwest from Montego Bay along pretty coastline and through picturesque villages.

The town is best known for Negril Beach, a 7 mi/11 km uninterrupted stretch of fine white sand on Long Bay, considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

There's another nice stretch of sand along Bloody Bay, north of Negril Beach. (A single road runs along the shore, so finding your way between the town and the beaches poses few problems.) The beaches are great places for relaxing, sunbathing, swimming, sailboarding and watching spectacular sunsets.
The water is calm and shallow enough that children can enjoy it. You will also find many areas set aside for nude bathing. The public beaches are patrolled by guards to keep vendors from hassling visitors.
Or you could while away the day at one of the all-inclusive resorts. Even if you're not a guest, you can purchase a day pass that grants you access to the hotel, the beach, all you can eat and drink, plus most of the watersports. Some of the resorts offer topless and clothing-optional beaches.

For a particularly scenic view, visit the Negril Lighthouse, perched on high cliffs just southwest of town. Beneath it, snorkelers and divers can explore caves. Another good dive site is the Gallery (near Booby Cay), with steep ledges and canyons where scorpion fish and large sponges can be seen.

If you're in town on Sunday, be sure to attend the local talent show in the town's small park. Nature lovers will want to visit the Great Morass swamplands to see birds and plants. They stretch to the northeast of Negril. 153 mi/246 km west of Kingston.



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