Negril, Jamaica

Written by: Cindy Lane Ross

This island stole my heart 18 years ago, especially the area called Negril, Jamaica. In high school, my best friend and I dreamed of doing our senior trip here, not knowing what all this destination had to offer. Being introduced to reggae music when I was thirteen lead to the interest of visiting the island of Jamaica. When my husband and I decided to get married, guess where I chose to do my destination wedding; Jamaica. We have visited this wonderful vacation spot over thirty-five times, mostly teaching fitness at the all-inclusive resorts. As soon as you get off the plane you feel the vibes, it’s as if it’s in the air. Can you hear that? That is the sound of the steel drums playing down the corridor as you are headed through customs. You are greeted with rum shots, ladies dancing to the music, and a big warm “Welcome to Jamaica” with the biggest smiles you have ever laid eyes on.


Where to play?

Rick’s Cafe

Hundreds of people flock to this favorite spot on the west end of Negril every single day. Drinks are flowing, people are dancing, locals and tourists are diving into the crystal blue waters, catamarans anchored nearby, and fun being had by all. I would suggest visiting in the late afternoon so you can watch the most breath-taking sunset of your life. You can get here by local taxi or take a booze cruise from your resort. The first time we visited this fine establishment, we took a small water taxi and toured around the cliffs.


Rick’s Cafe is voted #3 in Negril

Spent a few hours here after a Catamaran trip. Loved watching the divers and the atmosphere is fantastic. Good value drinks and live band added to the whole experience. Loved it.- CiderandBeer: TripAdvisor Review.


Where to eat?

Rockhouse Hotel & Restaurant

I can never get enough of this place. I have yet to spend the night here, but we have visited well over ten or so times. This restaurant makes for the perfect date night, your table is on the cliff, the music is playing, candle on your table, and really great food & service.

The food is the local Jamaica cuisine and is voted #7 by TripAdvisor out of 175 restaurants in Negril.

This is a five star restaurant in the middle of the what seems to be a poor part of Negril, although oceanfront! You would never know this was there had the locals not told us about and more then one of them! We went there twice. The second time was for our anniversary and we sat at the special table on the cliff. Never have had a more perfect setting for a romantic meal. Not sure I will ever beat it! The food was so good and beautifully presented. We had filet, shrimp, some appetizers. All was excellent. Friendly service as always in Jamaica!- Jamie G2, TripAdvisor Review

*I would highly recommend making reservations and this restaurant is easily accessible from your hotel either within walking distance or by local taxi.*


Where to shop?

Negril Craft Market

Many shops here have a wide variety of items made by local artisans. You will be able to buy homemade wood & jewelry crafts here. Want a little Jamaican culture to take back home, this is the place to shop. Conveniently located in the heart of Negril within walking distance to most hotels on the popular seven-mile beach.



Where to sleep?

Couples Negril or Couples Swept Away

There are four resorts throughout Jamaica, two are located right in Negril offering the All-Inclusive, Unlimited Spa Experience.

Special Summer offer right now; Your choice of six complimentary tours that take you into the heart of Jamaica. Whether you opt for zip-lining, horseback riding, or rafting, we think you’ll agree that this is one island worth exploring. Simply book a 5+ night stay from March 15 to May 31 and travel May 1 – Oct. 31, 2017.

The Amenities of staying at a Couples Resort:

  • 24-hour Gourmet Dining
  • Unlimited Premium
    Brand Spirits
  • Customized In-Room
    Mini Bar
  • Golf & Tennis
  • Unlimited PADI-
    Certified Scuba Diving
  • Sunset Catamaran
  • Water Skiing
  • Hobie Cat Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Knee Boarding
  • Paddleboards
  • Kayaks
  • Pedalos
  • Hydrobike
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Trip to Popular Sunset Bar
  • Trip to Dunns River Falls
  • Area Excursions
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • In-Room Dining
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Trip to Margaritaville
  • plus Free Excursions
  • Free Golf + Scuba Diving
  • No Fault Cancellation
  • Roundtrip transfers from
    the airport in Montego Bay


Their motto: “What do we love? Giving you a little more of everything you love! Because your getaway to Jamaica should include everything (except regrets).”

Couples Negril-

Our most intimate resort, Couples Negril is located on 18 acres on the island’s west coast. Lively and low-key, this oceanfront oasis has fresh, modern guest rooms, a tree house spa and a host of guest get-togethers for mixing and mingling.

  • 234 Rooms & Suites
  • 5 Restaurants, 5 Bars
  • 2 Pools, 4 Jacuzzis
  • Au Naturel Beach & Jacuzzi
  • Spa

Couples Swept Away-

Beloved by active guests, Couples Swept Away on world-famous Seven Mile Beach is our largest resort. Highlights of this 19-acre resort include the island’s largest fitness complex, a lap pool and air-conditioned squash and racquetball courts.

  • 312 Rooms & Suites
  • 6 Restaurants, 8 Bars
  • 3 Pools, 5 Jacuzzis
  • Spa

Perfect destinations for a weekend getaway, celebrating birthdays & anniversaries, destination wedding, and more.


Feeling IRIE* yet? Let us help you plan the perfect vacation to Negril, Jamaica.

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