Taking up most of the western shore of Jamaica, Negril is a large resort area that still feels mostly undeveloped compared to its neighbor, Montego Bay. Resorts in all price ranges line the beach, with something for nearly every budget, though you’ll not find many of the super-luxury resorts here that you’d find on smaller and more exclusive islands.
The main language is English, although most people are familiar with the heavy accent that still can complicate matters a bit. Negril has become a big Spring Break favorite in recent years, but many of the more expensive resorts remain calm and pleasant even during those weeks. Negril is very popular with budget and mid-range travelers from America, Canada, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe.
There’s good scuba diving in a section of the Negril area, and dangerous cliff-diving available as well. Most people are just hanging out in the sun, but those looking for things to do during the day will have endless choices of water sports and such.
Where to stay
There are well over 100 hotels and resorts along the long stretch of sand that qualifies as the greater Negril area. In the north you’ll find mostly large and all-inclusive hotels, while in the south there are smaller hotels and many independent restaurants and shops. Negril is certainly one of the cheapest Caribbean island destinations for resort-goers, and cheap flights from all over add to its appeal.
When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, Negril has mostly mid-range and upper-range resorts, offering great value for those who can afford them.
You’ll be flying into the Sangster International Airport, which is in the nearby resort town of Montego Bay. From the airport you can get a hotel shuttle and be at your Negril resort in 60 to 90 minutes.
Nonstop flights from:
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Calgary, Edmonton, Moncton, Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, Toronto-Pearson, Winnipeg, Vancouver, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Lisbon, Madrid, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino