Things To Do In Negril Jamaica

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Things To Do In Negril Jamaica

The laid-back 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 calm 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

Ariel photo of 7 mile beach in Negril Jamaica with boat in front of the beach1. 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.  There are hotels on Seven Mile Beach for everyone’s budget. Some may argue it’s not actually seven miles but more like four, but who’s counting?

Best sights in Negril jamaica is the sunset from the beaches2. 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. If you’re on a honeymoon in Jamaica there is nothing more romantic than the sunset on the beach.

Booze cruise and sailing trips - top things to do in Jamaica3. 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 Stripe 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.

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One love bus tour - Things to do in Negril

Hop aboard the One Love Bus for a tour of great local watering holes!

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.

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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.

People standing on YS falls which is one of the best things to do in Negril6. Visit YS Falls

About 1.5 hours south of Negril is 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.

Boat in Negril Parasailing with a colorful parachute7. Parasailing

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 they glide up and down the beach.

Dunn's River Fall near Ocho Rios Jamaica and the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort8. 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.

Man standing on the bow of a glass bottom snorkeling tour boat - best things to do in Negril

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.

Boat anchored off of Negril in Jamaica ready for a tour

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.

Must do in Negril Jamaica - Patties from the patty man on the beach11. 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.

Man playing a trumpet in a reggae band in Negril12. 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 your 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 and culture, most tours will include a small lunch.

Red stripe bottles sitting on the rail over looking the beach in Negril Jamaica14. 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!

Top things to do in Negril Jamaica is cliff jumping from Rick's Cafe 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.

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Sail boat on the way to Booby Island and must visit place in Negril

16. Day trip to Booby 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.

Two people stand against the wall of 3 dives jerk center on the west end of Negril Jamaica17. 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.

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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.

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Two men riding horses on the beach in Negril Jamaica19. 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.

Beach bar just a few feet from the sea in Negril20. 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.

Things to do in Negril float in the Caribbean

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.

Two beach chairs sit empty waiting for people on 7 mile beach in Negril Jamaica

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.

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  • Robert
    Posted at 10:07h, 19 April Reply

    Always love traveling to the Caribbean Islands. Still haven’t visited Jamaica, but Negril looks perfect. Seven Mile Beach looks fabulous as well. Thanks for sharing your journey, photos and suggestions for traveling to this Island in Paradise! 🙂

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 20:21h, 19 April Reply

      Seven Mile Beach in Negril is one of the best beaches in all of the Caribbean if not the best beach. Where is your favorite spot so far in the Caribbean? Make sure to check back again soon as we are publishing a bunch more articles on Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. Safe travels!

  • Agness of eTramping
    Posted at 13:16h, 23 April Reply

    I would love to try the parasailing tour! Very enlightening post, Hannah!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 17:27h, 23 April Reply

      Negril was the first place I ever went parasailing actually back in 2007. It def is one of the best things to do in Negril.

  • vince
    Posted at 14:45h, 13 May Reply

    HI there,
    I am searching info about sailing the the caribe. Trying to find a good itinerary to plan our trip. We usually sail in Europe so quite excited. Which Islands should we visit?

  • James Beam
    Posted at 15:06h, 20 May Reply

    Last I heard #19 horseback riding on the beach is illegal.

    • Adam
      Posted at 16:02h, 21 May Reply

      Never heard that, but even if it is – it happens on the beaches in Negril every day.

  • Nikki Kamens
    Posted at 06:02h, 21 May Reply

    I’d add walking the West End, visiting the Light House there – checking out Half Moon Beach and visiting Calico Jacks – a bar on a private island in their bay. For some out of town adventure do a farm and cooking tour at Zimbali Retreat outside of Little London. Check out Blue Hole in Brighton.

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 16:11h, 23 May Reply

      Thanks for some additional things to do in Negril we’ll have to check them out on our next visit.

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