Things To Do In Negril Jamaica
The laidback beach town of Negril is one of our favorites in the world. Whether you’re a beach bum or an adventurer, there’s no shortage of great things to do in Negril Jamaica. Located on the far western tip of Jamaica, Negril has stretches of long white sand beaches and also rocky cliffs, both surrounded by clear calms waters. Negril was our first international trip together and we’ve been back a total of 5 times so far, and even got married there. We know what to do in Negril and we know you’ll love it as much as we do!
Things Do In Negril Jamaica
1. Walk Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach is often listed as one of the best beaches in the world, as it should be. There are many beaches in the world where you can walk on the white sand for MILES and MILES. Some may argue it’s not actually seven miles but more like four, but who’s counting?
2. Watch The Sunset
Negril sunsets are the best sunsets in the Caribbean. Every night just head down to the beach for the free show. Remember to stick around a few minutes after the sunsets as the colors continue to change.
3. Booze Cruise Sunset Catamaran
If you are up for a crazy sloppy fun time jump on the booze cruise catamaran that sets sail to Rick’s cafe. It’s totally worth the $59 with an open bar for 3 hours with plenty of rum punches & Red Strip beers. We’ve personally done this cruise twice and it has always been a blast. It’s advised to book in advance as it does sell out, book online here.
4. The One Love Bus Bar Crawl
Jump on the One Love Bus bar crawl for the craziest but yet amazing thing to do in Negril. Lenbert a Negril native bought a bus and pimped out as a reggae but bringing guests to # local bars on the West End of Negril for FREE. Email Lenbert in advance and he’ll pick you up right at your hotel and you’ll be joined by other party-goers looking for a good time. You’ll visit some local bars and some amazing ones located right on the cliffs a great spot to be for sunset. Make sure to tip Lenbert he’s a great guy, suggested tip $10-20 per person. Beers at most bars run $3-4USD but if you pay in the local currency you’ll get a better deal.
5. The Pelican Bar Jamaica
Catch a ride out to the coolest bar in the world. Located about a half mile from shore is the world famous Pelican Bar. Made of sticks and palm thatched roof, the bar is simply awesome. Grab a cold Red Stripe from Floyd the bar owner and chill for the afternoon at this one of a kind place.
6. Visit YS Falls
About 1.5 hours south of Negril are the beautiful YS Falls. A series of tiered waterfalls gently cascade over stone ledges with small swimming pools below. There is a zip line the traverses the falls and a rope swing for those looking for more excitement. Water shoes aren’t required but would make your visit more comfortable.
Get high in Negril, but not how you were thinking. A parasailing tour of the beach in Negril is one of the top things to do while in Jamaica. Even if you aren’t a fan of heights the parachutes are still fun to watch as the glide up and down the beach.
8. Dunn’s River Falls
Often Regarded as one one of Jamaica’s top waterfalls, Dunns is around a 3-hour drive from Negril. Just outside of Ocho Rios is a great spot for adventure lovers. Put on a pair of water shoes and you can make your way up the set of terraced falls all the way to the top. Most people spend around 45-minutes to an hour playing around in the pools and climbing their way to the top. Guides are strongly suggested and at times required to pass the length of the falls.
9.Glass Bottom Boat Tour
All aboard this one of a kind boat where the floor has been replaced with a see thru glass bottom. Cruise over reefs and schools of tropical fish off the shores of Negril. You can find the captains of these glass bottom boats all along the beach in Negril and its one of the city’s most popular activities.
10. Snorkeling tour in Negril
Strap on your fins and kick your way around beautiful reefs and swim with colorful sea life while in Negril. There are several spots to snorkel around the beaches of Negril. A snorkel tour is a must while in Negril.
11. Eat A Jamaican Patty From The Patty Man
You can’t leave Negril without having an authentic Jamaican Patty. Our favorite patties are from a guy The Patty Man. He doesn’t have a location, you will have to look for him walking his bike on Seven Mile Beach. His bike has a big metal cooler in the front that he calls his patty box as it is full of fresh patties! He has several flavors of patties: beef, vegetable, chicken, and coco bread. If you find him the afternoon he possibly will be sold out of some flavors. We have often seen him in from of Negril Treehouse. If you can’t find him as a local when Neville the Patty Man usually comes around.
12. Listen To Live Reggae
Every day of the week there is live reggae playing somewhere in Negril. Most restaurants and bars have a specific day of the week they have live reggae. We love the Hiyah Grade band, we actually had them play at our beach wedding in Negril. They play every Tuesday at Drifters Bar 3pm-7pm, which is located right on Seven Mile Beach. Click here to check their Facebook page and schedule.
13. Mayfield Falls
One of the closest Waterfalls to Negril is Mayfield falls. Strap on some water shoes and make you way up the river that leads to the Mayfield falls. It’s a nice day trip from Negril and a break from the beaches. Along with the river and falls tour, the guide will also show you many local plants nd culture, most tours will include a small lunch.
14. Drink Red Stripe
When in Jamaica you drink Red Strip and more Red Strip. There are two types regular and light but stick to the regular. Most all-inclusive hotels will have Red Stripe on tap. If you’re looking for something to do in Negril, Red Stripe is always a good idea!
15. Jump Off the Cliffs at Rick’s Cafe
If you’re looking for an adrenaline thing to do in Negril then why not jump off a 35-foot cliff into the ocean! There are 3 cliffs at Rick’s Cafe to jump off: 10 feet, 25 feet, and 35 feet. Even if you aren’t a jumper it’s a great place to spend the afternoon. Usually, there are local men that will climb the trees and do higher jumps & tricks, tips are expected for the show.
16. Day trip to Booty Island and lunch
You can take the short boat ride out to the small island that sits between 7-mile beach and bloody bay for some snorkeling and a plate full of lobster. Often referred to as lobster island the restaurant on the island has got the reputation for cooking up some delicious crustaceans.
17. Eat at Three Dives Jerk Chicken
Come hungry! Jamaican jerk chicken can be found all around Negril on the beach, on the street, but our favorite place is Three Dives Jerk Chicken. It’s located in the West End not far from Rick’s Cafe. We suggest heading here an hour before sunset so you can watch the sunset while you wait for the best jerk chicken in the world.
18. Indulge at the resort
That’s right don’t do a DAMN thing all day! On our last visit, we stayed at the RIU Negril and enjoyed a day of nothing but indulging in the tasty drinks and food at our All-inclusive resort. With a resort like the RIU, we had everything we needed right at the resort.
19. Horseback Riding on the Beach
Pony up and take a horse for a trot along the beautiful beach in Negril Jamaica. One of the favorite things to do among visitors is a sunset ride on the beach. Click here for rates.
20. Beach Bar Crawl
Are you a fan of day drinking? Us too! One of our favorite things to do in Negril Jamaica is to make our own little beach bar crawl on Seven Mile Beach. Pick one end of the beach to start on around 11 am and start drinking your way down the beach. There are several beach bars where you can get a bottle of Red Stripe for 150 J ($1.25) but the prices will range from 150-300 J. Just keep your eyes open if you’re on a budget stay away from the hotel bars and head to the local little bars/shacks.
21. Floatie Time
Don’t forget an Instagramable floatie, it will pair great with the white sand and turquoise waters of Negril. The bigger the better when it comes to floaties. We get all of our floaties from Amazon and they have lots of ridiculous floaties that would be perfect for Jamaica!
22. Rum Punch
Rum Punch is Jamaica is amazing but can sneak up on you. Most places I swear serve more rum punch than water. Rum punch is either made with Appleton Rum or the other local favorite Overproof Rum.
23. Paddle Boarding
For a change of pace on your Jamaican vacation do something a little more healthy. As much fun as paddle boarding is, it’s also a great workout. Many resorts have boards available, or they are also for rent on the beach by the hour or by day.
24. Just Chill
Your beach chairs await in Negril. As many things as there are to do in Negril, be sure to leave some time to just relax and enjoy the beauty of this place. Negril has some stunning waters and powder soft sand, so take a day to just enjoy the surrounds.
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What’s are your favorite things do to in Negril Jamaica? We are always looking for new ideas for our next trip back to Negril. We have traveled to Jamaica 5 times so it’s safe to say we’ll be back again.