Relaxing Jamaican Resort on Secluded White-Sand Beach
Located steps from Jamaica’s famous Seven Mile Beach, Coco La Palm resort takes full advantage of its tropical surroundings. Octagonal two-story buildings are spread across the property, offering multiple vantage points from the guest rooms’ windows and private patios. With Jamaica’s mountains in the background, Coco La Palm encourages guests to explore the area’s white-sand beaches and relax under swaying palm trees.
The resort includes nearly 300 feet of beachfront property. Take a dip in the Caribbean’s warm waters or borrow lounge chairs and beach towels to sunbathe along the coastline. Guests can relax in two private swimming pools set amid native flora—one is exclusively reserved for adults and has one of the resort’s best spots for watching the sunset, whereas the other pool is available to families.
After a day of beachcombing, dine at Seaside Restaurant, an onsite eatery serving coconut-crusted snapper, lobster tails, jerk chicken, and other island-inspired cuisine on an open-air patio. A second restaurant, the Beach Bar and Grill, serves sandwiches and refreshing drinks for lunch.
During the week, Coco La Palm hosts numerous festivities, from Monday-night cocktail parties with hors d’oeuvres and rum punch to Friday-night beach bashes with live music and fire dancing. For other nearby activities, the resort will be happy to recommend snorkeling, shopping, and cliff-diving day trips.
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.