Negril was ‘discovered’ by the hippies who set up a colony in the 1960s. This town has a laid back attitude, which is complemented by some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Its waters offer world-class diving and a wealth of watersports.
A stunning white sand beach hugs the Caribbean for almost seven miles in Negril, the capital of casual at Jamaica’s western edge.
We’ve got both Negril and Montego Bay, which are Jamaica’s fastest growing resorts and the vortex around which Jamaica’s spring break party atmosphere has earned its reputation.
Despite phenomenal growth in recent years, Negril is still more laid back than anywhere else in Jamaica (it’s one of the few places where you can tan your whole booty-liscious). The island of Jamaica is a wild spot to down some world-famous rum on the beach, or kill a case of Redstripes.
You’ll probably interact with locals more here than in other resort areas given that woodcarvers hawk their crafts on the beach, makeshift stalls selling health foods and jerk pork line the roads and mellow greetings are dished by locals.
The Jamaica spring break contest scene is by far the most off-the-chain events you’ll witness anywhere, anytime! Only at Jamaica Spring Break in Negril or Montego Bay.
And you don’t need the magic mushroom omelets that can show up on restaurant menus to consider sunsets over Negril’s 7-mile-long beach hallucinogenic.
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Experience this Spring Break paradise the Inertia way! Cliff jumping, sun bathing, waterfall climbing, island picnicking, sunset sailing, reggae concerts, beach parties, watersports…the options are endless. Negril offers an unspoiled , clothing optional , 7 mile stretch of white sand beaches before turning into the low lying cliffs of the West End. Once a sleepy little fishing village, Negril was discovered by American hippies in the sixties. Today, simple hotels and luxury properties dot the shoreline. With 17 years of experience in Negril, we use the most desired hotels where your options range from small cliff-side inns to larger beachfront resorts. Relax on the beach and soak up the sun, take a side trip to Y’s Falls or jump from the 45-foot cliffs at the Pickled Parrot. Days turn to night with Negril’s famous sunset. Watch it from the water on the Inertia Sunset Cruise. At night, Negril’s beaches and cliffs come alive. On Monday night, Hotel Sam Sara’s concerts feature the likes of Ziggy Marley, Beannie Man, Shaggy and more! The Inertia VIP Party Pass is your ticket to the action. Theme parties at Legends Beach Bar, Coral Seas Beach and Margaritaville’s light up the beach with crackling bonfires and pulsating music. This is why people come back to Negril again and again.
Personality types / vacation selection for Negril:
Negril rocks because:
It’s the Caribbean. It’s an island. That’s cool.
The 7 mile strip is beautiful.
Pot. If you’re a dope smoker, it’s a great place. Mushroom Tea, too.
Beach bars. If clubs aren’t for you try Negril.
The hotels are small & intimate. You should meet pretty much everyone staying there.
It’s not Mexico, and it’s not in the US. Kind of a good mix.
Air Jamaica – if you get a flight on Air Jamaica, Mon, you get free Red Stripe Beer & Champagne. We like getting wiped out on the flight down!
English. They speak it there, bro.
Negril blows because:
The service is horrendous. I mean, it really sucks it.
They are on Jamaican time, and that’s not fast. It’s hilarious to watch east coasters there going off at the front desk clerks!
The food. OMG, the food sucks almost everywhere.
The hotels are of unacceptable quality sometimes.
Quiz the HELL out of your travel provider….most in Negril have no more than 15-30 rooms, very small, most do not have a pool.
Price. It’s kind of shocking how expensive it is there.
Hook up Factor:
Girl to Guy Ratio:
Selecting a hotel in Negril:
As long as you are on the 7 mile strip, you’re fine. Avoid the cliffs, most spring break hotels (if not all besides Sam Sara) SUCK IT!
Really quick, we’ll recommend a few…this list is NOT exhaustive…but based on location, and being on spring or grad break, these are where to stay: (if you’re not a spring breaker, avoid these!)
Money is not an issue Baby!
Legends – packed with students, and of acceptable quality
Country Country – a sweet boutique hotel. Stay here if you can get a room, which are actually cabins on the beach!
Money matters, but we still want it on the beach & nice:
Yellow Bird Cottages – not bad, right on the beach
Bar B Barn – Same thing, good location & bar on site
Gotta be the cheapest possible or we can’t go:
Sam Sara – cliffside. Make sure that they are guaranteeing your room there. If you get bumped…you could be in trouble quick.
The biggest thing about Negril is safety. It is not a developing, or 2nd world country like Mexico, it’s straight up 3rd world. A good hotel is therefore a must.
When you arrive in Jamaica:
Have your birth certificate & drivers license ready, OR your passport. This process to get through customs will take about 30 minutes, so be mentally prepared for this. Bags take forever to come out as well, allow about another 30 minutes for that, then tack on another 30 minutes for everyone to load the bus. Finally, it will take about 60 minutes to get to your hotel, and another 30 minutes for check in. In other words, from the moment you step off of the plane, to the moment that you set your bags on your bed in your room at your hotel, it will take 3 hours, give or take a few. Being prepared to be patient will make you and your group have a much better start to their vacation.
Buy one. Buy the best one offered. While laying out $150-$200 right away sucks, these packages are time-tested, and offer a good value. We don’t care if you’re traveling with us or not, you should buy one no matter what. Also, once you do, don’t think that “you’re done spending money” because this is Negril, it’s a big east-coast destination, plus it’s an island, so it costs some $$$.
Guys: Bring a minimum of $400 USD or don’t go.
Girls: Bring a minimum of $300 USD or don’t go.
How to get to your hotel:
Hopefully, your vacation package includes this. If it does not, do NOT buy it from the Jamaicans hawking it inside the airport by baggage claim. Buy it outside from a tour Company rep….pay no more than $50 roundtrip to Negril. All Inertia Tours packages to Negril include round trip transfers through our travel affiliate Partners – don’t buy it. If you’re confused where to go, ask ANY American staff Member from a spring break tour company, and they can assist you. The staff Will have on bright shirts, with staff badges on.
Once you get to your hotel:
Some properties need a credit card open, or a cash deposit to insure against any damages. It’s important to just keep all of your receipts, this is Jamaica after all.
Remember, tipping the bell captain/boy is a must here. Not doing so can result in later theft from your room! $1 USD per person is fine.
Inquire at check in about safety deposit boxes. You’ll probably be required to put down a cash deposit for the key to the box, but use it for your passports/birth certificates/drivers licenses AND TOURIST VISAS (you won’t need these again until you leave…as well as any cash or travelers checks you have.
Carry no more than $50 USD at a time. You can change your money at the Casas de Cambio located up and down the strip – avoid changing money at the hotel. Funny thing is, you can get the BEST exchange rate by using your ATM card – there is no fee to do so either, REGARDLESS of where you bank!
QUICK TIP: Tip your maid for your room. Personally hand her the money. Guys don’t clean rooms in Jamaica, they are backwards like that. $2 USD per day per room is an ABSOLUTE MUST, It will a.) make your room super clean b.) facilitate you getting extra towels, and c.) the maids not railing all of your stuff in your room while you are away! People who don’t tip can get robbed! Think about it…if you guys are tipping, and the other rooms are not, who’s shit are going to rail, yours, or theirs? That’s an easy one. Jamaicans are generally very honest..but…
Jamaica’s one of the few spots where the beach is really the “sidewalk” You’ll walk it to go EVERYWHERE…just use the buddy system. Even at night, it’s fine.
Stay in groups. Be realistic…people hook up on spring break, it happens (wow, are you surprised)…just have one person you are with as a buddy that knows where you are going. We know people lie because they don’t want others to know that they are hooking up, but seriously….just have one person that you trust to tell. If you ARE the buddy, don’t make moral judgements that might cause your hooking up friend to lie to you. However, if someone is so intoxicated that they don’t know what’s up…help them please.
Are expensive…$10 per ride. Only need for a cab in Negril is to go to Rick’s Café one day to jump off the cliffs. Otherwise, just walk it.
See our yellow pages on Negril for more details Really quick:
Best in Negril:
Kuyaba, on the beach. You can’t miss it’s Tiki torches. It’s about $20 US but really romantic, actually. Get real drunk there and be inappropriate, or something like that anyway….
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. It’s expensive, you’ll drop $15-$20 USD per person.
Hotel, not bad:
Bar B Barn Hotel Bar Restaurant
Slices is alright
At your risk, from the “General” in front of the Bar B Barn, across the street. A ½ chicken is about $5, a bargain if you have the munchies.
See our yellow pages on Negril for more details. Fast:
There is only ONE nightclub in Negril, and it’s called the Jungle. Only go there if a student tour co. is having a party there, by the way.
Cheesy American but the place to be: Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Enough said.
DeBuss On the beach, a cheap spot for an open bar party
Rick’s Café On the cliffs. During the day it’s good too.
Jamaica Tamboo: On the beach, cool if a tour Co. is there.
Hotel Sam Sara: Huh? Yeah, Ziggy Marley does free concerts there with a big fat doobie in his yap, so it’s a hot spot.
Do at least one of these. I know you’re going to get bombed every day, but seriously, we are talking about some of the best beaches, and clearest water in the ENTIRE world…so take advantage!
Snorkeling: The water is a sweet Green-Blue here, so the snorkeling is good. Go to Legends Hotel and ask for a hook up/sales person.
Y Falls Tour: Ever see a movie where there is a river, with a rope swing into a huge, natural, private pool in the middle of the jungle? Yeah, that’s Y Falls. About $40 to do it, and we HIGHLY recommend it!
Fishing: Is pricey, but the fish are really exotic. If you want to catch a weird fish to impress pops, do it in Negril. Expect to pay $60-$200 per person to go for the boat, equipment, and some beer or party favors. A good time!
All you need to know about Negril, Jamaica
Geography Jamaica is the third largest of the Caribbean islands and the largest of the English speaking Caribbean islands. The island covers approximately 4,244 square miles (10,991 sq km) and is 146 miles (235 km) long. Widths vary between 22 and 51 miles (35-82km) The country is very mountainous; with the highest point the Blue Mountain Peak, reaching 7,402 feet (2,256 m) Jamaica abounds in fine beaches and scenic beauty, and has some 120 rivers. On August 6, 1962, after more than 300 years of British rule, Jamaica became an independent country. Today, Jamaica remains part of the Commonwealth of Nations.
MoneyThe official currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar. The current Exchange Rate in Jamaica is fluctuating between 36 and 40 Jamaican dollars to 1 U.S. dollar. It is best not to exchange money at the airport; their rate tends to run low. The best exchange rates tend to be at the Cambio’s (located at various spots throughout Montego Bay and Negril), banks or hotels. Do not exchange all of your money when you get to Jamaica. It’s best to exchange it as needed; you will lose money converting Jamaican dollars back to U.S. dollars when you depart Jamaica. Use traveler’s cheques whenever possible; it is the safest way to travel with money. Keep all exchange receipts. They will be required when exchanging any unused Jamaican money to U.S. money prior to departure. Most shops and restaurants accept all major credit cards. You may want to notify your credit card company in advance to be sure you are set up to access your card outside of the country.
LanguageJamaicans speak English and speak it eloquently, but with their own musical lilt, unique sentence patterns, and some words that have survived from West African languages. When Jamaicans speak Patois, a blend of English and African, the discussion may be almost incomprehensible to the visitor at first, but in a little while you catch the rhythm and begin to pick up expressions. Proverbs and place names express the vitality of Jamaica talk: for “Mind your own business”, there is “Cockroach no business inna fowl-yard”; for being corrupted by bad companions, “You lay down wid dawg, you get up wid fleas” — and for the pretentious, “The higher monkey climb, the more him expose.” Both British and Biblical place names abound — Somerset and Siloah, Highgate and Horeb. There are Awawak towns called Liguanea, Spanish ones like Oracabessa, and entirely Jamaican names like Rest-and-Be-Thankful, Red Gal Ring and Me-No-Sen You-No-Come (If I don’t send for you, don’t come).
DocumentsUnited States Citizens: All visitors, 16 years and older, must present a valid passport or an original state issued birth certificate (with raised seal), naturalization certificate, or certificate of citizenship along with a valid, state-issued photo ID. No visa is required for tourists and tourists are allowed to visit the island for a period not exceeding six months. Underage (16 and younger) must present an original birth certificate (with raised seal) and a valid photo ID such as a school ID. All documents must bear the same name. Non US citizens should contact a JTB office for more information.
Time ZoneEastern Standard Time, Jamaica does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
Transportation It’s not hard to find a taxi in Jamaica; they are literally everywhere. Official taxis have red license plates with white numbers; they are the only ones to use. Be sure to negotiate the exact cost in Jamaican currency before getting into a cab. A cab ride from the Cliffs to the Beach will cost about $100 Jamaican ($2 U.S.) per person. Better prices can be negotiated with large groups. Don’t ride alone; always stick with the buddy system
Weather The temperature in Jamaica ranges from the high 80’s in the day to the low 70’s in the evenings. Don’t forget your sunscreen! The sun is extremely hot and, even if you tan easily, you will burn. You don’t want to ruin your spring break with painful sunburn. Jamaica’s rainy season is in May and October; bad weather during spring break is almost unheard of!
Dress CodeThere isn’t one in Jamaica; Negril is known for being the “capitol of casual.” Unlike some of our other destinations, where club attire is key, shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops will work just fine.
Electrical SystemNo worries, your blow dryers and clothes irons will work without adapters.
Tipping – Restaurants do not included Tips in your bill. Please be sure to tip the people who take care of you. Your waiters, bartenders and room maids are vastly underpaid and many of them rely on your tips.
Phone Calls – Collect phone calls to home are expensive, about $10 U.S. for every 3 minutes. The best way to call home is to purchase a Jamaican Calling Card when you arrive. A 5-minute calling card usually costs about $200 Jamaican; U.S. it’s about a dollar a minute. Email is another way of letting home know you’re still alive. Ask your hotel representative for Cyber Café locations.
Prescription Drugs – Keep all medication with you at all times. Do not put it in with your checked luggage and keep it in the prescription bottle
A word about non-prescription drugs: Marijuana, or “pot,” “weed,” “smoke,” “gonja,” are all technically illegal in Jamaica, as is mushroom tea and gonja brownies.
Vendors/Locals – It is best to keep a “No Problem” mind set while in Jamaica. Nothing happens in a hurry in this laid-back country. While the Jamaicans will do anything for you, it will be on their time. Just about every local you see will offer to get you anything you want; some will stop at “no” and some will be overly persistent. Don’t get annoyed or angry. Try to keep in mind that this is a third-world country and they are just trying to make a living. Their key word is RESPECT; show some and they will undoubtedly do the same. A good way to get around without having to stop or be stopped at every vendor is to walk quickly like you have someplace to be. Don’t say things like “catch me tomorrow when I have some money,” they will remember, just be polite and say “no, thank you.” It is a diss to ignore them, you MUST acknowledge them, just say, “no thanks” about a million times per day.
Government – Jamaica is a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is represented by a Governor-General. The island’s government is patterned on the British Parliamentary System, with an Upper and Lower House. A general election is held every five years. There are two main political parties, the Jamaica Labour Party, (JLP) and the People’s National Party, (PNP). A new party, the National Democratic Movement, (NDM) has emerged, although it is not represented in parliament.