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Guide to Negril for Families

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Negril is a beach lover's paradise: seven miles of beautiful white sand on the western tip of Jamaica, where the sea is calm and the weather is perfect 99 out of every 100 days. Negril is also an excellent vacation spot for families, and this guide will recommend attractions to help your family will make the most of your time together in Negril.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Kool Runnings Water Park

Water Parks

Negril Lighthouse

Lighthouses

Seven Mile Beach

Beaches

Just Natural

Restaurants

Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Reggae Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding Tours

Blue Horizon West Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

3 Dives Restaurant

Restaurants

Jamaipanese's City Tips

  • Expect to spend a lot of time in or around water: Swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports are all available activities.
  • Sunscreen is vital to protecting your skin during the daytime, and insect repellent is almost always necessary at night.
  • Some tourist areas may accept the U.S. dollar, but you should never rely on this — carry the Jamaican dollar with you as well.
  • Kool Runnings Water Park
    Water Parks
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Kool Runnings Water Park is the most family-friendly attraction in Negril. Multiple waterslides, bumper cars, and other attractions provide hours of entertainment for families of all sizes — and with members of all ages.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Multiple family members can take the Jamaican Bobsled Ride together.
    • The Duppy Conqueror water slide is not for the faint of heart.
    • Research the "All for One Plan" in advance — it might offer you big savings.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 23 things to do in Negril
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 02/10/2018
    • awesome 28/08/2018
    • Kool Runnings Water Park
    Address:
    Norman Manley Boulevard
    Negril
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-957-5400
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Negril Lighthouse
    Lighthouses
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Being an island with a rich history, Jamaica has various lighthouses dotting its coast. Built in 1894, the Negril Lighthouse marks the westernmost point of the island, and is a good spot to watch the sun set over the Caribbean sea. Kids will enjoy learning about its history, and climbing the 103 steps for a view inside and out.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Consider tipping the official guide if you enjoyed the tour.
    • Note that the way up to the lighthouse can be rather a tight squeeze, so it's not advisable for the claustrophobic.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 23 things to do in Negril
    • Boring 06/11/2018
    • While on CSA Catamaran trip 25/10/2018
    • Negril Lighthouse
    Phone:
    +1 877-767-9993
    Other:
  • Seven Mile Beach
    Beaches
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Turquoise waters, palm trees, soft sand, calm waters, and beautiful sunsets are some of the memorable features of Seven Mile Beach — the main attraction of Negril. Vendors walk around, selling everything from coconuts to hair braiding services, and there is plenty for everyone in the family to do here, whether you're interested in body surfing or simply stretching out in the sun.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid visiting on crowded public holidays, unless you prefer the excitement.
    • In addition to restrooms and showers, there is a playground at the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Negril
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful beach! 15/11/2018
    • True Blue Relaxing Waters and great swim Beach! 14/11/2018
    • Seven Mile Beach
  • Just Natural
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Jamaican, Healthy)
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    A rustic restaurant and bar specializing in vegetarian dishes and seafood, Just Natural is a good place to enjoy some peace and quiet. The family-run restaurant is a tropical oasis, set in an enchanting garden on the property where the owners grew up. The mismatched tables are scattered around the garden, so that your family will have a private and unique space to dine on a delicious and affordable meal..

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • I highly recommend the Jamaican Breakfast, which comes with ackee (with or without salt fish), sautéed callaloo (leafy greens), and fried dumplings with homemade preserves and fresh fruit.
    • Try the fresh fruit juices.
    • It's a little off the beaten path, but worth the short taxi ride.
    • Just Natural is not far from Negril Lighthouse, so it makes a great stop before or after your visit there.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 804 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not enough words to say how awesome this place is... 10/11/2018
    • Bring your appetite 08/11/2018
    • Just Natural
    Address:
    Hylton Avenue
    Negril 11111
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-957-0235
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:00 - 20:30
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Kids will love learning about birds, flowers and other aspects of nature at Barney's Hummingbird Garden Jamaica. The highlight of the visit will be the ability to interact with and feed hummingbirds of various species.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The garden offers regular admission, but there is also a full-service package that includes transportation to and from your hotel, plus a short guided tour of the garden.
    • Make a reservation at least two hours in advance of your visit.
    • The garden is a nice stop before or after the Negril Lighthouse.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 23 things to do in Negril
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Experience 06/11/2018
    • Paradise Garden 29/10/2018
    • Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica
    Address:
    Hylton Avenue
    off West End Road
    Negril
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-521-9709
    Hours:
    Fri
    07:30 - 17:30
    Sat - Thu
    08:00 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Reggae Horseback Riding
    Horseback Riding Tours
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Horseback riding is a fun adventure in itself, but horseback riding along a private beach is truly memorable - especially when it's accompanied by a visit to meet the property's 'reggae birds,' which include peacocks, roosters, hens, and Mary the 'ostrich.' The tour guides provide educational information about Jamaica, Negril, herbs, animals, and more.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Special rates are available through the website.
    • This is a wonderful experience for families with older children.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 56 Outdoor Activities in Negril
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a great place to go horseback riding !!!!!! 02/11/2018
    • Great first ride on my 10yr Anniversary! 13/10/2018
    • Reggae Horseback Riding
    Address:
    Bay Road
    Little London
    Negril
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-881-6917
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Blue Horizon West Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    This accessible restaurant offers a great dining experience for the whole family at an affordable price.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's not usually crowded, so is highly recommended for big families/groups.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #462 of 804 restaurants in Jamaica
    • Great soundtrack 05/07/2016
    • A Good Find 03/02/2016
    • Blue Horizon West Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    West End Road
    Negril
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-957-0090
  • Chukka Caribbean Adventures
    Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Chukka Caribbean Adventures offers a wide variety of adventures, from ziplining to tubing to ATV tours. This is a great way for your family to get outside of Negril to experience Jamaican life and the countryside.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Some of the tours have minimum age requirements, so be sure to check these when booking.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 34 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Negril
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very disappointing excursion 29/10/2018
    • Chukka horseback ride & swim 21/10/2018
    • Chukka Caribbean Adventures
    Phone:
    +1 877-424-8552
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • 3 Dives Restaurant
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Seafood, Barbecue, Jamaican)
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    Jamaipanese Says:

    Best known for its jerk dishes, 3 Dives Restaurant serves up a variety of traditional Jamaican meals in a casual, family-friendly environment.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Enjoy the views and watch the sunset after your meal.
    • Ask if the kids can peek into the kitchen to watch the chefs at work.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 804 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best EVER 09/11/2018
    • Top Quality 17/10/2018
    • 3 Dives Restaurant
    Address:
    West End Road/just west of Extabi
    West End
    Negril
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-782-9990
    Other:
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