Resort Directly on Jamaica’s Seven Mile Beach
Though it’s popular with spring breakers, Jamaica’s white-sand Seven Mile Beach is still surprisingly underdeveloped—there’s no critical mass of souvenir shops and arcade boardwalks. Travellers Beach Resort is located here; as late as 1993, the area around the resort was nothing but tangled Jamaican bush and undergrowth, eventually cleared by owner Winston Wellington himself. The little resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea grew from a single bar and a bungalow into a major stop-off point for travelers.
Each superior room is airy and cool, decorated in bright flora and overlooking a lush garden from a private deck or patio. Outside, a smooth lawn runs down the middle of the resort. In the morning, walk down to the Traveller’s Palm restaurant, where Jamaican and American fare is served for breakfast.
Beachfront activities abound at the resort. After dusk on Wednesdays, Travellers’ staff builds huge bonfires by the beach, and Friday and Sunday nights bring waterfront karaoke, allowing guests to show off their 48-minute versions of “American Pie.” You could even borrow a board game from the front desk to play on the tables next to the sea.
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.
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