Let's Get Away To: Negril, Ja

Sometimes a getaway is necessary and what better place to refresh than in Negril, Jamaica.

Negril is a perfect location to relax while feeling surrounded by people. It’s a tourist town but not overwhelming like Montego Bay or even Ocho Rios. It had been over a decade since I last step foot in Negril, mainly because it’s on the west end of the island and takes around four hours to get there. I’m so happy that my partner and I made the choice to go there for a few days.

We stayed at Sandy Haven Resort, a cute boutique hotel located on Negril’s infamous Seven Mile Beach. Negril offers a wide range of accommodation options and we happened upon this spot due to Gustavo’s - the Caribbean and Latin America’s version of Groupon. Our deal included complimentary cocktails on arrival (a very yummy, potent rum punch), an all day beach cabana rental and a Jamaican breakfast every morning complete with coffee and mimosas.

Our room was advertised as an ocean view room, when really, the ocean was spotted between rooftops, trees and a leaning over the balcony looking all the way to the right. Aside from that, the room and service at the resort was lovely. No complaints!

There was a wellness and music festival happening that week and I was afraid that my idyllic baecay was going to be overrun with tourists. My fears were put to rest and the town seemed so quiet for the time we were there. I RE-LAX-ED! My cup was full with Appleton Rum and Ting (my drink of choice for Carnival) and I soaked up all the sun I could.

Negril is a great option for those looking to experience sun, sand and sea with plenty to do but not in a spot that’s overcrowded. It’s an hour and a half drive from the international airport in Montego Bay for those thinking about a visit. I’ll be sharing more on my food adventures in Negril, so look out for those posts.

In the meantime, have you ever been to Negril? If so, what are your favorite spots there?