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9 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Negril

Written by Karen Hastings
Nov 17, 2020

At the western end of Jamaica, laid-back Negril maintains the sleepy tropical charm that first attracted tourists in the 1960s. It's much more laid-back than Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, but also offers plenty of alluring natural attractions, both inland and along the coast.

One of the main tourist attractions is Negril Beach. Also known as Seven Mile Beach, this stunning stretch of soft, white sand and azure sea fronts many of Negril's hotels and resorts and is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Besides basking on its powdery shores, other fun things to do in Negril include exploring the coral reefs, soaking in therapeutic mineral springs and rain forest waterfalls, hand-feeding hummingbirds, and zooming through the jungle canopy on ziplines.

After a day of relaxation and adventure, head to the famous Negril Cliffs, where tourists and locals alike gather to watch divers plunge from the limestone peaks as the fiery sun slides into the sea. Find out more about the best places to visit in this tropical paradise with our list of the top attractions in Negril, Jamaica.

1. Negril Beach

Negril Beach

Negril Beach

Stretching from Bloody Bay in the north to Long Bay and the Negril Cliffs in the south, Negril Beach is one of Jamaica's finest stretches of shoreline. Also known as Seven Mile Beach, though it's really only four miles long, this ravishing stretch of soft sand and turquoise sea is great for strolling, swimming, and sunbathing.

You'll find plenty of water sports on offer, as well as some persistent hawkers wandering the shore selling souvenirs. Several areas of the beach are also designated as clothing optional.

Restaurants and hotels overlook the shore, including the popular Sandals Negril, Royalton Negril, and Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, but most lie tucked back behind sea grapes and coconut palms.

Are you looking for some quiet couple time? Strolling at sunset along this sublime stretch of sand and sea is one of the most romantic things to do in Negril.

If you want to go snorkeling in Negril, you can take a boat tour to the coral reefs surrounding Booby Cay, just north of Negril Beach, or snorkel off the Negril Cliffs in the south.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Negril

2. The Negril Cliffs

Diving off the Negril Cliffs

Negril Cliffs | Abir Anwar / photo modified

Rising above the sea, south of Negril Beach, the picturesque Negril Cliffs were used as a backdrop for the James Bond film Thunderball.

At their highest point, these limestone outcrops rise up to 12 meters high, and they're a popular spot for both locals and tourists to dive into the calm sea below. If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, this is one of the most exciting free things to do in Negril.

Prefer a more relaxing experience? Head to the famous Rick's Café. Perched high above the ocean, it's a favorite venue to unwind at sunset and watch all the cliff-diving action.

Some of Negril's most luxurious resorts preside over gorgeous ocean views atop the cliffs here, including The Caves, one of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.

A short walk from Rick's Café is Negril Lighthouse. Built in 1894, it towers 30 meters above sea level and is the highest structure in Negril. Sadly, it's no longer open to visitors, but you can still view it from the outside.

3. Mayfield Falls

Mayfield Falls

Mayfield Falls

About an hour's drive from Negril, past papaya trees and plantations, Mayfield Falls are smaller and less commercialized than Dunn's River Falls - and blissfully less crowded.

These spring-fed cascades tumble into more than 20 pools, providing tranquil spots to soak under the invigorating rush of water. If you're a couple, this is one of the most romantic places in Negril, Jamaica. The road through the jungle to reach the falls is rough and rugged, but that's part of the adventure.

You can catch a cab to the trailhead and hire a guide once you arrive, who will lead you on the hour or so hike to the falls and point out interesting birds, butterflies, and plants. Another option is to join a Mayfield Falls Nature Walk from Negril.

It's a good idea to wear water shoes and only bring items you are willing to get wet, as you have to wade through the river for about an hour to reach the falls. Before you plunge into the cool water, you can stash your belongings in lockers that are available for rent.

4. Bloody Bay

Bloody Bay

Just north of Seven Mile Beach, Bloody Bay tends to be a little quieter than its famous neighbor. Palms and sea grape trees provide shelter from the sun, and the water is typically calm and clear.

If you're feeling peckish, rustic beach shacks sell BBQ seafood. You might find a few souvenirs to buy as well. But if you're more interested in just relaxing, sun loungers are available along the shore.

Plenty of restaurants and hotels back the beach, including the large resort Hotel Riu Negril, but this stretch is usually less crowded than Seven Mile Beach, which makes for a more peaceful experience. Lifeguards are on duty from 8am to 5pm.

5. Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica

Doctor bird

Doctor bird

Tucked in tropical foliage, a five-minute drive from Rick's Cafe, Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden is a tiny treasure box of birdlife.

Here, hummingbird's hover over hibiscus, bougainvillea, ginger, and other tropical plants in this small quarter-acre garden. When you arrive, you are offered a bottle of sugar water to feed these winged beauties, so you can enjoy up-close encounters and fantastic photo opportunities.

Other small animals such as butterflies, bees, and lizards also visit the garden, and if you're lucky, you might even spot the doctor bird, Jamaica's national bird, also called the swallow-tailed hummingbird.

Keep in mind that the weather and other conditions influence hummingbird activity.

Address: Hylton Avenue, Negril

Official site: https://www.barneyshummingbirdgardenjamaica.com/

6. Zipline Canopy Tours

Ziplining in Jamaica | Chris Short / photo modified

If you want a taste of the jungle, and you can tear yourself away from Negril's beautiful beach, a canopy ziplining tour is a great option. Not far from Negril, you can soar through the treetops on a series of ziplines, linked by platforms perched high up in the trees.

The Montego Bay Zipline Canopy Tour at Chukka Jungle Outpost typically lasts about two hours and includes hotel drop-off and pickup, as well as safety briefings and expert guides. Along the way, you can learn about Jamaica's ecosystems and enjoy bird's-eye views of the lush landscape below.

7. Blue Hole Mineral Spring

About 25 minutes southeast of Negril, Blue Hole Mineral Spring lies in a limestone cavern, where you can soak in the cool, clear waters and test the claim of its therapeutic qualities. The white clay-like mud surrounding the spring is said to be soothing for the skin.

If you're agile, you can jump off a cliff into the chilly waters or climb down the long ladder, and those who are physically challenged can soak in the spring-fed swimming pool.

After your dip in the spring, you can enjoy a relaxing massage with the soothing white mud.

Location: Brighton District, Westmoreland Parish

8. Kool Runnings Adventure Park

Family-friendly Kool Runnings Adventure Park is a great place to spend a few hours - especially if you have kids.

You can zoom down Jamaican-themed waterslides, cruise in the go-karts, and bounce on the bungee trampoline. Looking for something a little more relaxing? Drift around on the lazy river ride. Small children will love Captain Mikie's Coconut Island, with smaller slides and interactive water features.

A new Adventure Zone appeals to older kids, with paintball, outdoor laser-tag, and even rafting and kayaking on the canal here.

After a day of water-themed fun, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the on-site restaurants.

Address: Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril

Official site: www.koolrunnings.com

9. Half Moon Beach

Quieter than Seven Mile Beach, the private Half Moon Beach is a peaceful slice of hammock-slung coast, where you can bask on the sand and feast on fresh-grilled seafood at the open-air restaurant.

A daily fee covers use of the beach and its facilities, and a short boat tour whisks you off to a tiny island, Calico Jack Pirate's Island, for snorkeling and refreshments.

Half Moon Beach hosts live music on certain days, and if you want to extend your stay, you can book one of the colorful wooden cabins.

Location: Green Island, Hanover

Official site: http://www.halfmoonbeachjamaica.com/

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