The “Capital of Casual,” Negril is a free-spirited resort town where anything goes. Located on the far western tip of Jamaica and an hour away from Montego Bay, this former fishing town was a favorite destination of American hippies in the 1970s. Attracting travelers then with a laid-back ambiance that continues to draw people today, Negril has been continuously rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world by travel magazines. The town’s rugged cliffs and seven miles of silky white-sand beaches edged by translucent blue waters paints a dramatic picture, made all the more alluring by the relatively undeveloped landscape. While the cliffs and calm waters promise excellent opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling, other popular activities include horseback riding and mountain biking. Don’t forget to take in one of Negril’s spectacular sunsets, as the sun slowly dips into the sea from the westernmost point of Jamaica. Travelers looking for privacy should head to the West End for secluded hotels that open onto rocky cliffs, while most of the larger resort chains reside on Seven Mile Beach. Many of these hotels offer “au naturel” sunbathing areas.
The hotels and resorts on this page have been divided into two groups. Immediately below are the all-inclusive Negril resorts, where lodging, meals, activities and more are rolled into one price. Farther down on this page, traditional hotels and resorts are listed.