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The Caribbean makes for a dreamy winter escape, with its clear, blue waters, white sand and endless sunshine. But add in an abundance of high-end restaurants and luxury accommodations, and vacationing there might seem out of reach for many. Enter Negril, Jamaica. It’s one of the Caribbean’s most serene tropical destinations, offers some of the best values and some of the best experiences—whether you’re looking for an adventurous escape, a couples getaway or a family vacation.

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Seven Mile Beach Jamaica

Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

Negril’s beach experiences

Every local in Negril will tell you that Seven Mile Beach is the place to be, and it’s not hard to access either—especially since it stretches for approximately 7 miles! This pristine beach with panoramic ocean views is known for its powder soft sand and calm turquoise waters. Even though this is a beach where you can relax and do nothing at all for hours on end, if you’re traveling with family, you know the kids won’t have that and restlessness is imminent. Fortunately, along the stretch of Seven Mile Beach you will find plenty of water sport offerings including: kayaking, ketskiing, banana boating, scuba diving and much more.

Contrary to its name, Bloody Bay Beach is not some gore-filled coastline. While rumor has it that it the beach is named after a pirate battle from hundreds of years ago, it’s safe to say that the only battle you’ll likely encounter is trying to agree with your traveling companion on the best place to position your lounge chairs! If Snorkeling is your passion, then you’ll be happy to know that Bloody Bay Beach has a wonderful Coral Reef for you to explore.

Kool Runnings Resort

Kool Runnings Resort

For the value-minded adventurer

Just across the street from the luxurious Azul Beach Resort is a water park experience for the entire family, aptly named: Kool Runnings. This water park is the largest in Jamaica and it is loaded with a variety of aquatic offerings like kayaking, rafting and canoeing. Plus, you’ll find seven adrenaline-filled watersides like the Green Grotto, which is a unique 3D virtual reality waterslide. In addition, Kool Runnings offers a human gyroscope experience as well as go-kart racing and paint ball.

YS Falls is a former sugarcane farm estate that’s about 45 minutes from Negril. Here you are able to swim in designated natural pools that are fed by either waterfalls or underground springs (the latter of which is ideal for children). You can also experience a scenic canopy ride which will take you from the top of the falls to the base camp.

A favorite for tourists visiting Negril is Rick’s Cafe. Even though this is a lively restaurant and bar, you’ll quickly find that people come here to take advantage of cliff diving—while also watching beginners and professionals cliff dive. You’re welcome to dive as much as you’d like, at no cost. FYI: The shortest cliff dive is 10 feet while the highest is 40 feet.

Caribbean style jerk chicken served with rice

Caribbean-style jerk chicken served with rice

A culinary paradise

Jamaica is known for its cuisine which utilizes a wide variety of fresh ingredients to create bold flavors. This is especially true with restaurants in Negril. Some of the best gastronomic experiences can be found in independently-owned restaurants which are not housed within hotels.

If you enjoy barbecued meats, then you’ll love the offering at 3 Dives Jerk Centre. This restaurant serves up some of the best tasting jerk chicken in Negril. The pricing of a meal here is very affordable, with  a 1/2 chicken meal with rice and veggies ringing in at about $9. As a bonus, if you visit here at dusk, you will experience one of the best sunsets in the world while having a meal at 3 Dives!

Facing the cliffs on Negril’s West End Road is a homely-looking building that’s red in color with a tin roof- but don’t judge a book by its cover, because this restaurant is an ABSOLUTE MUST when visiting Negril: Murphy’s West End. Owner/Chef Leniel Ennis’ establishment serves up some of the best Seafood meals – with generous portions – in Jamaica. Everything, including the Lobster Alfredo and the Curry Shrimp is a triumph! Murphy’s also serves up some of traditional Jamaican cuisine such as Rice & Peas so you can enjoy an unparalleled Jamaican dining experience—at a reasonable price (a full lobster dinner for two typically costs about $110 per couple).

Azul Beach Resort

Azul Beach Resort

A Place to call home….away from home

The all-inclusive Azul Beach Resort by Karisma is a great value. This luxury family resort is ideal for those who just want to get away from it all and not deal with having to worry about how much your wallet has been drained for meals and drinks. Just imagine, you and your family can eat all you want—any time of the day–while enjoying the luxury offerings and water activities of the resort. And if you want to take advantage of a spa treatment, the pricing for those services are very attractive.

If you’re traveling as a couple and want to keep the romance front and center of your vacation, Couples Negril is ideal for you. The all-inclusive aspect of this property is designed to keep couples focused on their romance and not on their wallets. Enjoy fine dining, alcoholic drinks, activities and much more at this adults-only resort.

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