Just around the bend from more touristy Montego Bay—only about 90 minutes south of the airport and far enough away to forget completely about casino encrusted avenues—is “Seven Mile Beach.”
Stay: Saddle up at “Sandals,” “Breezes,” or “Couples” if all-inclusive resorts are your speed. If not, select one of the many boutique hotels spanning Seven Mile Beach for a more authentic stay. We suggest: The Palms Resort, Negril.
Relax and enjoy: Read books that have been collecting dust on your night stand for months. Play gin rummy under an umbrella. Shop for trinkets. Watch beachgoers. Swim. Throw a Frisbee. Drink freshly pressed juices, drink a Red Stripe.
Explore: Get off the beach and explore the real Jamaica for at least one day. It will lend an entirely different perspective to your stay.
Visit YS Falls to swim in refreshing inland water and zipline over a tier of five waterfalls. Stop on your way and enjoy some habanero or jerk peel n’ eat shrimp on the side of the road.
Watch local cliff diver’s catapult from handstands into the surf below at Rick’s Cafe.
Eat goat at Sweet Spice – a local eatery not frequented by tourists.
Visit the farms. Journey to the Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee plantations on the east side of the island.
Get around: Opt for a driver – someone recommended by your hotel and known by other guests.
Safety: There is discrepancy of whether or not Negril is safe. As always when traveling, do your research and trust your gut.