Resort Set on Award-Winning Caribbean Beach
Legends Beach Resort sits directly on Seven Mile Beach, a former hippie hangout that still draws free spirits eager to try out cliff jumping or listen to live reggae music. Named one of the Caribbean’s best beaches by Frommer's, the stretch of sand is visible from the hotel's open-air restaurant, where you can browse buffets and take part in themed meals. Guests at Legends Beach Resort can also take advantage of the amenities offered at Samsara Cliffs Resort, including reciprocity of unlimited-meal-and-drink plans and access to its scuba-diving center.
This getaway's included meal-and-drink package covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as local-brand liquors and drinks. After settling into your room, you can fill up on jamaican jerk chicken and snapper at the beachfront buffet or sip exotic cocktails on the waterfront patio. Theme nights include “Jamaica Me Crazy Night,” when you can sample traditional island fare and listen to live reggae music.
Rows of red lounge chairs are stationed on the white-sand beach steps from the Caribbean Sea, and tropical gardens surround two secluded swimming pools. For a taste of adventure, take the five-minute shuttle ride to Samsara Cliffs Resort. Here you can take a complimentary scuba-diving lesson, snorkel through tropical coral reefs, or jump from the top of the Samsara cliffs.
Negril, Jamaica: Laid-Back Beach Town with Picturesque Sunsets, Snorkeling, and Cliff Diving
Located on Jamaica’s western coast, Negril is known for its white sand beaches, dramatic rugged cliffs, and coral reefs lying just offshore in the Caribbean. Its underwater beauty makes the town a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling at Negril Marine Park, and anglers have found the sea filled with blue marlin, wahoo, and mahi-mahi. The city has a front-row seat to some of the world’s most beautiful sunsets, and people often climb to the top of waterfront cliffs just to watch. At Rick’s Cafe, which is listed in the book 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, groups congregate every night to watch the sun dip below the horizon; some brave adventurers even leap off the 35-foot cliffs into the water.
Often called "the capital of casual," Negril is best defined by its laid-back vibe, from the slow and steady rhythm of the indigenous reggae music to its unofficial uniform—swimsuits and flip-flops. Running along the town is Seven Mile Beach, a stretch of powdery, white sand coastline that earned a spot on Frommer’s Best Beaches in the Caribbean list. The town center comprises a shopping mall and a craft market where visitors can pick up locally produced goods.
Farther inland, the mountainous terrain harbors several eco-tourism attractions including hiking, ziplining, and waterfall tours. Take a 60- to 90-minute drive east to reach the cascading YS Falls or Mayfield Falls, where you can wade in 21 natural pools shaded by exotic tropical flowers and ferns. Or stay close to Negril by visiting the Royal Palm Reserve, where 300 acres of swamp forests and wetlands shelter more than 300 types of birds, butterflies, and abandoned Rubik's cubes.