Negril Beach Guide
The beach resort of Negril provides two gorgeous beaches – Seven Mile Beach and Bloody Bay Beach – that are just perfect for a beach holiday.
Seven Mile Beach – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on arguably the best beach in Jamaica – an 11km-long, palm-fringed white-sand beach that shelves gently into a wide, protected lagoon of clean aqua blue water. Although undeveloped in places, this laid-back beach is mainly lined with a choice of open-air restaurants, bars, clubs and low-rise resorts.
Friendly (but often persistent) vendors ply a brisk trade along the public section of the beach that reaches up to the high-water mark.
Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers and toilets. Numerous water sport activities include scuba diving, fishing, tubing, glass-bottom boat trips, sailing, sea kayaks, water-skiing, windsurfing and snorkelling (which is best just south of Negril town).
Seven Mile Beach is excellent for couples, however it is good to note that topless bathing is common here and there are several sectioned-off and private areas for sunbathing au natural.
One of these is Jamaica's best-known nude beach at the infamous Hedonism II resort, located at the northwest end of the beach on the promontory separating Negril Beach from nearby Bloody Bay; only resort guests or day-pass holders may sunbathe here.
Large, all-inclusive resorts fringe the northern end of the beach, while smaller family-run hotels line the southern end. Choose from a range of low-rise accommodation options, including modest cottages, boutique-style hotels and all-inclusive resorts, none of which infringe the local building code, which forbids the construction of buildings that rise above the canopy of the coconut palm trees.
Splash out in a luxury beachside villa at the Moon Dance Villas, offering 24 hour personalised service and located in the centre of the beach strip. Or try the all-inclusive Couples Swept Away Negril, which boasts one of the finest sports complexes in the Caribbean.
Seven Mile Beach faces Long Bay and is framed by 12m-high cliffs at the southern end of Negril town, and by a lush promontory separating Bloody Bay at the northern end.
Negril is located on the western tip of Jamaica, around 89km west of Montego Bay Airport, about a two-hour drive.
Bloody Bay Beach – Unwind on the white sands of this 2km-long, narrow, half-moon-shaped beach lined at the southern end with large all-inclusive resorts. Mainly private, this beach is a lot quieter than nearby Seven Mile Beach.
Stay at the luxury Riu Tropical Bay resort, which offers numerous activities including a dedicated kids centre. Or head to the eco-friendly Sunset at the Palms Resort, where you can stay in small timber cottages rising on stilts from a lush landscaped garden scattered with royal palms and mango trees.