Negril, Jamaica is home to miles of pristine sand beaches, crystal clear waters and dramatic rugged cliffs; a stunning combination of landscapes that cannot be found anywhere else on the island. The locals have dubbed this city the “Capital of Casual” for its informal island vibe.
If you are stay in an “all-inclusive” resort, you will probably have access to a courtesy van from the airport. Otherwise, it is easy making your own way from Mont ego Bay — the lobby of the airport hosts two companies operating minibuses to Negril. The minibus departures are frequent and correspond to flight arrivals. But if you absolutely can’t wait to start your tan, taxis await just outside the airport to whisk you to Negril.
The weather is remarkably consistent year-round – highs in the mid-80s, lows in the low-70s F. During the summer, the beach is less-crowded and hotel rates are twenty to forty percent lower than in the winter. The October hurricane season in the Caribbean typically has a minimal effect on Jamaica.
Negril has a huge assortment of accommodations, ranging from “all-inclusive” resorts costing several-hundred dollars a day, to guarded campgrounds where you can pitch a tent under the stars. The pros and cons of the multitude of lodging options are a major topic of conversation among Negril tourists, many of whom continue the discussion virtually at the Internet Negril Message Board.
It is good to have the names of a few hotels in mind, but you don’t need to make a decision before arriving in Jamaica. Even during the busy winter season there are plenty of empty rooms to choose from. The tourist office in the arrivals lobby of the Mont ego Bay airport (before you go through customs) can suggest accommodations and can make a reservation for you.
For a typical Jamaican breakfast try fried McKee and salt fish. McKee is a fruit transplanted from West Africa. Saltfish is, well, a salty fish. The combination tastes better than it sounds. -Travel channel