Four-Star Oceanside Villas near Prime Cliff-Diving Sites
One of the most famous spots in Jamaica is Rick's Cafe, an open-air bar and restaurant in Negril where you can listen to live reggae music, take in a dazzling sunset, and watch intrepid souls leap from 35-foot cliffs into the Caribbean Sea below. Travel writer Patricia Schultz named Rick’s one of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, and it’s only two minutes from Villas Sur Mer, a tropical resort. It sits atop scenic cliffs of its own and its grounds brim with verdant tropical foliage.
The resort is made up of 11 one- and two-bedroom cottages spread throughout the property. Each villa is individually decorated. One treehouse-like cottage overlooks the waterfall at the lagoon-style pool; another has a Moroccan theme and a pair of hammocks flanking the front door. As many as 12 guests can comfortably stay in the six-room seaside villa, which features a fully equipped kitchen, complementary private chef, and a private pool overlooking the ocean.
Follow an underground walkway to find the ocean deck area, where you can make use of complimentary snorkeling gear and swim the crystal-clear sea. Seven Mile Beach, one of the most popular attractions in Negril, is about a 10-minute drive from the resort.
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 cliffs, and coral reefs lying just offshore in the Caribbean. Its underwater beauty makes Negril Marine Park a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling, and many people fish for blue marlin, wahoo, and mahi-mahi in its depths. Negril enjoys a front-row seat to some of the world’s most beautiful sunsets, too; it's worth it to climb to the top of waterfront cliffs to watch one.
Farther inland, the terrain becomes mountainous, and you can go hiking, ziplining, or take 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 and visit 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.