Negril, Jamaica

Negril is a small town on the westernmost tip of Jamaica. It spreads across the parishes of Westmoreland and Hanover, and has a population of just over 3,000 people (2011 estimate). Today it is one of the three top tourist destinations in Jamaica, on account of its excellent beaches.

More on Negril

Negril has some four miles of perfect-white sandy beaches, skirted by the Norman Manley Boulevard. A sea cliff lined the beach. The area is today developed with hotels and beach resorts.

Negril dates back as early as 1494, to the dawn of Europeans in the New World. It was originally called Negrillo, but shortened later to Negril. It remained little more than a sparsely inhabited beach area in western Jamaica. It was only in the mid to late 20th century that the beaches of Negril were discovered for their tourism potential, attracting a host of hotels to the area.

The sea off Negril is covered with beautiful coral reefs visible in the crystal-clear water, ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Visiting Negril

Take a van or minibus from Montego Bay. It takes about an hour and a half to reach Negril.

Places of Interest in Negril

  1. West End
    The beautiful western tip of Jamaica, lined with hotels from budget to upscale, and crystal-clear sea dotted with reefs.

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