Why To Choose Negril Jamaica For Spring Break. Lodgings, Activities, and FAQS

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The History Of An Island Paradise

The winters in some parts of our great country seem to go on and on with warm weather only a distant hope. Daydreaming about tropical isles with a warm sun beating down helps to quell the frigid temperatures somewhat but being there is even better. Spring break for college students is a much anticipated time of forgetting about tests and classes.

Deciding where to go is the hardest part of this annual college ritual. Depending on your own particular likes and dislikes,
Negril Jamaica is one of the most popular get-a-way spring break destinations for many college students because of the variety of activities available in this exotic setting.

Negril was discovered by the original “party animals,” the hippies. It achieved fame as an exotic out-of-the-way tropical isle where the flower children found peace and happiness. Of course the cheap food and pot didn’t hurt anything either.

Later on, some of these same people remembered how beautiful it was there and started a few small resorts. Before long it became a Mecca for those of us who longed for something special in our lives. The rest is history.

A sunset cruise on the "Wild Thing" is great for watching the sunset and visiting the cliffs while the party goes continues.
A sunset cruise on the "Wild Thing" is great for watching the sunset and visiting the cliffs while the party goes continues. | Source

Where To Stay In Negril

There are so many places to choose from when planning your Spring Break vacation. For those who crave luxurious accommodations, there is of course a Sandals Resort here as on most Caribbean islands. The Reu, another all inclusive resort, is a favorite of many returning visitors to this exotic still unspoiled locale.

For the daring and not-so-shy adventurers, Hedonism II is wide open with its own private nude beach and partying atmosphere. Careful you don't burn those buns, though! Besides these resorts there are plenty more all-inclusive resorts with some being smaller, more private in nature.

Some of us prefer the smaller resorts on the main beach where you aren't expected to be someplace at a certain time or have a routine to follow of any kind. My personal favorite of the smaller--but still beautiful--resorts is Coco La Palm. It's located in a great spot on the beach and watching the beach life part of the fun to me. The Firefly, The Beachcomber, Idle Awhile, and many others are nearby and just a short distance away from Margaritaville.

The beautiful ans spacious beach area at Coco La Palm Resort
The beautiful ans spacious beach area at Coco La Palm Resort | Source

Fun On The Beach

The beach at Negril
The beach at Negril
Groups having fun!
Groups having fun!
Beauty is never far away.
Beauty is never far away.
The Caribbean beckons!
The Caribbean beckons!

The Fascinating Beach Life



Lying in the tropical sun is a rare treat for many college students, especially those who spend much of the winter slogging through snow to get to class. Sit under an almond tree and watch the always entertaining beach life as the warm Caribbean breeze makes you forget the cold for a while.

The water temperature is perfect year round with no surf to contend with. Drift along on a float or snorkel with a friend, but remember, use plenty of sunscreen or you will pay for it later with a serious sunburn.

Rent a jet ski or parasail over the ocean, snorkel on the reefs or the cliffs, or simply do nothing at all. Just watching the promenade of the daily beach life is interesting enough as musicians and vendors keep things lively on the beach. The familiar reggae beat is always present in the background wherever you are.

The pungent smell of ganja occasionally perfumes the air as it has for many generations. Along with the potent drinks, such as rum punch and Red Stripe beer, jerked chicken and fresh lobster are favored by many new visitors to this small paradise.

Margueritaville is always busy because of the action both in and out of the water. Bars and restaurants line the seven mile pristine beach, so a cold beverage is never far away. If you wish, a waiter will bring one to your lounge chair and save you the energy.

Vendors hawk their wares of fruit, Cuban cigars, aloe for sunburn, and the famous “patties”. These pastries are filled with shrimp, lobster, beef, chicken, or veggies, then fried to a golden brown. Haggling is acceptable and can be quite fun when you get the hang of it.

Snorkeling on the reef is easy from the glass bottom boats available for a small fee.
Snorkeling on the reef is easy from the glass bottom boats available for a small fee. | Source

Reggae music all night long

Local reggae band
Local reggae band
The bass guitar keeps the beat strong
The bass guitar keeps the beat strong
Giving his all for entertainment
Giving his all for entertainment

The Night Life In Negril

Party Animals have no problem finding clubs along the beach in which to exhibit their drinking and/or dancing skills, or the lack thereof. Each night, different clubs have special deals on food and drinks with live music to accompany your festivities.

The Jungle may still be throbbing with reggae music until right before sunrise. This writer can attest to this happening, as best as he can remember. On many mornings, party folk are seen walking slowly back to their rooms as the sun begins to brighten the day.

Some clubs will pick you up from your resort and bring you back afterwards for no charge. In this case, always tip the driver as this is considered customary. This is also a good way to find a driver for any other transportation needs you may have.

While some drivers work for a resort or club, others are private taxi drivers which you can hire anytime you need them. If you feel safe with a particular driver, by all means get his phone number for future use.

A day at the beach

Parasail for a better view
Parasail for a better view
Local vendors hawk their wares
Local vendors hawk their wares
Fresh lobster available on the beach
Fresh lobster available on the beach

Things To See And Do In Negril



Jamaica is so beautiful it’s hard to resist exploring the island.  The natural beauty of the landscape lends itself well to one’s imagination.  There are still stretches of unpopulated coastline where mysterious, tropical forested mountains overlook waters with colors ranging from emerald to royal blue.  Side trips to the Black River or Dunn’s River Falls may be arranged with your driver.

Two of the most famous Jamaican exports are
Appleton Rum and Blue Mountain Coffee.  Tours to these plantations are easily set up and are quite interesting.  A trip out to the beautiful reefs in a glass bottom boat is a treat.  You can snorkel over the colorful coral formations while multi-colored fish watch you swim in their aquarium. 

Snorkeling gear is provided by the  captain of the boat, or go with a crowd on the Red Stripe catamaran.  The water is usually calm and warm with crystal clear visibility.  Even if you are a novice at snorkeling you will love the experience.


The Cliffs Are Always Fun!

Explore the caves at the cliffs
Explore the caves at the cliffs
Xtabi at the cliffs
Xtabi at the cliffs

A Trip To The Cliffs

A trip to the cliffs is a must-do.  Visit Rick’s Café for the traditional sunset party and dive from the cliffs if you have the nerve.  Good food and music will content you as the sun dips into the Caribbean.  On second thought, just watch the divers, especially if you have had a  vodka slush or seven.  It’s along way down to the water. 

Xtabi’s Bar on the cliffs is another good snorkeling place.  Rent the gear there and explore the caves along the limestone cliffs.  A cave leads from the bar atop the cliff, down until it emerges into the water.  There are also stairs outside for the claustrophobic spring breakers in the crowd.  Eat, drink, and snorkel, all at one place. The view is simply spectacular from the terrace.

Enjoying The Negril Atmosphere


But the best thing to do in Negril is to lounge on the beach or under an almond tree while the breeze and music soothes away those winter blues. The sounds of different European languages blend in well with the Jamaican patois and Americanized English.

The days are long and the nights seem short. This part of the island is made for those who like something different than is normally found at other Spring Break destinations. If you are such a person, then you must experience Spring break in Negril Jamaica.



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coneybridget 6 years ago

I use to have a sister law that alway went to Jamaica ......believe i wish she would have taken her brother once, so i could have a delightful affair with someone that i hold dear ......what tell you it doesnt have anything to do with your topic i just needed to vent.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

"No problem" CB! Feel free to vent, it's good for the soul!


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kiwi gal 6 years ago

Great read as always, wish I was there with some friends.

One day maybe, look forward to reading your hubs to come.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Jamaica might get some extra Spring Break action this year since the U.S. is urging Breakers to stay away from popular SB sites in Mexico.

I have several SB hubs. Wanna link up?

Also, I can add this to my travel website if you like, on my SB page. I'm still working on it. What I do is post a short summary of my HP travel hubs, with a link for each back to HP.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I go at least one a year, Kiwi gal. I highly recommend it! Thanks!


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's a cool place, for sure! Linking is okay by me. Remind me to link yours if I forget. Later!


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qwark 6 years ago

Randy:

Never been there but I've spent many a good vacation in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Santa Domingo.

If jamaica is anything like them, it is wonderful. :-)


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Even better, qwark, it's cheaper and less crowded. Going back in a couple of months. Thanks for the comment!


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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi

Wow, Negril is beautiful! I want to go!


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

You would love it,ris! Thanks!


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cbris52 6 years ago

Ahh.. this hub really brings back some memories... I was lucky enough to visit Jamaica a few years back... the waterfall we saw was my favorite memory.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It really is a beautiful island, cbris! Going back soon as I can! Thanks!


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ceholmes 6 years ago from Chicago

you've got awesome pics! great read!


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's more beautiful in real life, ceholmes! Thank you for the nice comments! :)


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Great hub on a place I have only dreamt about. I like the pictures. Now I need to go there!


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

You do need to go there, Elayne! The photos do not do the place justice. Thanks!


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fyxer 6 years ago from mt vernon

happy to know you enjoy the island---if you get a chance next time check out dunns river falls--im due for a visit myself--ocho rios is great also--i could go on and on about this paradise island--im kind of bias,i was born there(smiling) have a great time enjoy,and the natives are friendly too.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I've been all over the island, fyxer! You are correct, it is a beautiful place with many interesting people. I've made many friends there over the last decade and will be back very soon.

Thank you for commenting on my article and I hope you are pleased with my description of Negril.


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Hi Randy,

I can't go to Jamaica this year, as the hardwood floors installed in the house are our "vacation" this year! Your pics make me feel like I'm right there! I feel a little homesick though. Definitely next year!


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I know what you are talking about, Jean. I didn't get to go to Negril last year because my wife was dealing with her retirement, but I'm going back in a week or so. I'll enjoy some sun and fun for you!

Thanks for taking the time to visit this hub.

Randy


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Have a "Bob Marley" at the bar for me. Even though I don't drink anymore. Just in spirit. In your hub, I think I recognize a tour guide named Johnnie that took us on the Mayfield Falls RiverWalk. And that Fruit Lady. I have her shrieking "Fruit" on tape, it's hilarious. We never went to Rick's, because it's the same sunset at the resort, and the food and drinks included. The first trip there we saw incredible sunsets every night. We didn't see any the last 3X. In fact, last year, the best sunset I saw was while on line at Newark airport, getting back in the country. It was odd to say the least. Climate change? Have fun, Jean


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Jean. I watched a beautiful sunset from my patio this afternoon when we finally got here to Negril. I still have 6 more days to go and you are correct, the sunsets are beautiful from any vantage point down here.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be sure to have that "Bob" tomorrow! :)

Randy


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FantasticVoyages 2 years ago from Texas

Your article reminds me why Negril is my favorite vacation destination!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I see from your profile you've been to Jamaica over a dozen times, FV. I too love Negril and have made many friends there. Thanks for reading! :)

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