If you are looking for a super chill beach in the Caribbean, where the vibes are cool, the water is warm and you can walk far out into the sea. Then the seven mile beach of Negril, Jamaica is your glittering prize. The beach is actually less than seven, but who is counting when you are having fun in the sun.
Where to Stay in Negril
For a place to stay that will soothe your spirit and fill your senses, then let us recommend CocoLaPalm. Not having been to this side of Jamaica before, it was hard to know what to expect. From the moment I saw the beach, and was greeted by the staff with a “Welcome home”, Yes! I knew every little thing was going to be alright. You really wish it was home, because then you wouldn’t have to leave.
CocoLaPalm Beachfront Resort was a home away from home. It is in the middle of the action on the beach. Upscale all inclusive hotels on one side and more relaxed low key resorts on the other. I felt like Goldilocks, from the children’s story, the four poster beds along the beach at Couples Resort would be too big. The thatched roof retreats near the small reggae bars and restaurants, were too small. CocoLaPalm, in the middle, was just right. This beachfront resort is owned by Minnesota Family, and has unique octagonal buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens.
The staff were always helpful, and Marley’s by the Sea Bar and Grill offered a great menu. Your senses are caressed by the great sea view, reggae music and the professional dinning service team who attend to every detail. Experience Jamaica’s national dish, Ackee and Saltfish for breakfast at Marley’s as you enjoy the sea view.
Ordinary Jamaicans, trying to get their fair share of the lucrative tourism industry, will offer you products and services as you stroll along the beach. The encounters are not overbearing and security on the beach will always make sure interactions are acceptable to the visitor. You will be offered everything from Jamaica’s most famous herb, (which in small amounts is now legal in Jamaica), to handmade string bracelets in Rasta colours, massages and hair braiding. A firm “No”, to vendors is enough if you are not interested, and usually ends with the words “Respect” from the vendor.
Lazy days by the beach are transformed to reggae nights as the evening brings preparations for venues to entice you with their DJ and Dance Hall music. There is even a franchise of Jimmy Buffett’s Bar and restaurant, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville along the beach. If you are more old school stick to “culture” reggae beats which are more recognisable. A taxi to Rick’s Café will treat you to an incredible sunset. Along the strip, across the road from the beach was a club called: The Jungle. I didn’t go in myself, I wasn’t sure which one of the rules posted outside the entrance applied to me, but I found them very interesting.
I heard some beautiful voices along the beach, there were a few band stand pop ups and remember thinking, if only these singers could get recording contracts, there would be new stars in Jamaica. Such is the beauty of Negril. Like Jamaicans say “He who feels it know it.”
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