Looking for a little relaxation, warm sunshine drenching your skin and some reggae 'jammin' adventure? Negril, Jamaica is a unique vacation destination that might be the spot for you if you want an escape. If you're looking for an easy place to get to from Atlanta for a long weekend...Jamaica is a 2 hour and 52 minute flight. You fly into Montego Bay and take a shuttle or quick flight over to Negril.
Negril, Jamaica has had a reputation for being laid back since the hippies discovered its gorgeous shores during the 1960s. The area grew when the developers built the mega-resorts like SuperClubs, Sandals, Couples, and the new Spanish Riu resorts. If you are an adventurer... Negril can be funky, fun and romantic. The powdery white sands make Seven Mile Beach one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The water is breathtaking... and I did some of my favorite swimming and snorkeling in Negril. The beaches are palm lined and lush... and local building codes don't allow the buildings to be higher than the canopy of trees.
The West end of Negril is the hippie-like, colorful and spunky side. There are rows of cool motels, inns, and guesthouses. The restaurants are on the beach and full of Jamaican ambiance. I recommend the West side of this fabulous beach for adults who want an 'off the beaten path' type of get-away. The higher end part of Negril is on the East End, and many of the fancier resorts are located on this fabulous stretch of beach. We did see many families with small children on the East side (at resorts like Riu.)
You can travel to the cliff and cave areas to some eclectic restaurants that have 'out of this world' sunset views. A couple of highly recommended restaurants are Ivan's Bar and Restaurant and the famous Rockhouse Restaurant.
In the next article, I'll share some really amazing, romantic Negril hotels and guesthouses... as well as an array of water activities, tours and other things to do! I found some great 5 night package rates at casual, boutique guesthouses (for around $500 per person) on Expedia.