Hotel at a Glance: Rayon Hotel
Winner of a TripAdvisor 2011 Certificate of Excellence, Rayon Hotel sits across the street from a 7-mile stretch of sandy beach on Jamaica's western coast. Just off the shore, the town of Negril's main boulevard is full of shops, restaurants, bars, and a nightclub.
- Island fare: The colorful onsite bar and restaurant serve tropical cocktails and local cuisine.
- In-room amenities: Rooms are equipped with cable TV, and most have patios or balconies.
- Go swimming in the outdoor pool.
- Airport shuttle: This Groupon includes either one-way or round-trip ground transportation from Sangster International Airport to the hotel.
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 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.