Negril is a small lively town in Jamaica which is only about one hour and fifteen minutes drive from Sir Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. If you want to party in Jamaica, it is the best place to be. The laid back and relaxed atmosphere during the day transforms into a reggae and energetic dance parties at night. The small town features a calm 11km-long white sandy beach with eternally warm crystal-clear turquoise coloured water which is apparently rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world. The town is populated with many resorts along beautiful cliffs where you can watch the vivid colour palette of orange and yellow sunsets. It is one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in my life. Given that tourism is the main livelihood in this town, there is a friendly rapport between the visitors and locals, however, as a tourist (–like in any other popular touristy part of the world), be prepared to be treated like a walking wallet. Every Jamaican hustler would want a share of your dollar. Be wary but enjoy the tourist ride.
Our time in Negril was short. We hired a driver and his van for the day to take us around Negril and at the end of the day, we could see the famous 35-feet cliff diving by the locals and tourists alike as well as the world famous breathtaking sunset from Rick’s Cafe. The Cafe is located right on the cliff. It has a bar, a restaurant and a pool which boast a spectacular view of the ocean. It was amazing to watch the brave tourist cliff-divers and the Rick’s Cafe’s skilled divers showing off their daring talent. Watching the risky diving would certainly put back ‘awe’ in awesome. It’s a thrilling experience in itself. The local divers ask for donations and would only jump when they have received enough.
TIP: It is strongly recommended that you arrive at the Cafe in time for sunset or even earlier to grab a good spot at the bar. It can get extremely busy as the sunset is a popular tourist destination in itself and there are many tours that do just that. The sunset ambience presents true Jamaican vibe whilst you listen to a live reggae band playing in the background.