An online search of Jamaica’s sunset “mecca” returns postcard-worthy Instagram pictures and blogs ranking Negril the “top place to see on your bucket list”. The beach that is seemingly endless and blessed with sunsets all help. But there’s a vibe about Negril that you only “experience” once there.
Swamped by American hippies in the 1970s, the town offers countless activities on the beautiful champagne coloured sands. To walk across the Seven Mile Beach (which, in contrary to its name, is five-and-a-half-miles long) and enter an intoxicating fog of chilled out men and women swaying to reggae beats develops an understanding of the “flower children” who are still here.
Rum shacks, roadside fruit stands and wooden gates lead to tropical gardens; the tranquil Negril Lighthouse, the crashing waves fizzing against the cliffs and the genuine good morning from the locals: Eccentricity and mischief are alive here and you can mentally or literally let your hair down.
Set on Negril Beach and 0.6 miles from Coral Beach, our hotel offers the perfect retreat. Relax to the sound of the ocean and sip Blue Mountain Coffee. Watch newlyweds jumping from the cliffs of Pirate’s Cave where Steve McQueen leapt off in the 1950s classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.