While you bundle up in winter scarves, hats, and bulky coats, why not start planning your beach vacation winter getaway? Winter is one of the best times to come to Negril. You may tend to associate beach vacations with summertime, but this time of year can be ideal. Why?
Can you hear the ocean calling? The glistening blue seas at your Jamaican resort are calling your name. Whether you like to surf, and want to time your outing with the tides, or you are more of a beach bum who wants to figure out where to set up your umbrella and chair without having to move later, we’ve got it covered.
What are tides?
The level of the sea alternately rises and falls based on the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. These gravitational forces create what we call “high tide” and “low tide.”
When the moon is directly overhead on the coast, you will experience a high tide. During the day, when the earth and moon rotates, every coastal location will have a high tide every twelve and a half hours or so. Typically the time between tides is approximately six hours. It’s helpful to consult a tide table, a battery-driven tide clock, or simply ask at your resort and they would be happy to tell you.
Can I swim in the ocean during my stay in Jamaica?
The ocean is the reason your beach vacation in Jamaica will be so memorable, so by all means we encourage you to enjoy it. However, don’t swim too far out and use caution if a tropical storm is brewing.
Storms or hurricanes can create dangerous conditions, even for experienced swimmers. And while our beaches and waters are generally safe, never underestimate how powerful mother nature can be. Use caution on days that predict high waves that create underwater currents. Those conditions can make swimming back to shore difficult.
If less than ideal conditions exist during your stay, you can always enjoy the pool at your Jamaican resort as a safe alternative.
Ways to enjoy the water during your vacation
Our crystal clear waters provide the perfect playground for all kinds of water sports. From sailing and paddle boarding to snorkeling and scuba diving, your greatest challenge will be how to pick what to do first. Climb aboard a cruise or ride your own jet ski to your heart’s content.
The concierge team at your resort can arrange any number of activities on land or at sea so that you can enjoy the surf in whatever way you choose during your stay—ask away!
Don’t forget your waterproof sunscreen!
Because we’re located closer to the equator than you may be used to, the UV rays are strong in Jamaica so you’ll need that sunscreen. Reapply often, especially in the water. You may not feel hot while surfing, but you’re getting more sun exposure than you think.
For children, reapply frequently and encourage them to wear googles to keep the water out of their eyes. Otherwise, children tend to wipe their faces on their towels, wiping away that ultra important protective sunscreen. Try to wear a hat when possible and use an umbrella for extended stays on the beach. We want you to relax, but not burn!
When it comes to family fun, Jamaica offers much to experience. If you’re looking to step out on your own, for excursions off your resort, Negril is the place you want to be.
Drawing families year after year, Negril offers beautiful beaches, surf fun, and spectacular views. We’ve compiled some of the favorite attractions and things to do near your Negril resort.
Leave the electronics at home. In Negril, it’s all about the sun on your face and the ocean breezes in your hair—and we offer a little something for everyone. From your youngest family member looking for the perfect place to build sandcastles to older children who enjoy watersports, kayaking, and sunfish-sailing, Negril has it all covered.
Negril also offers relaxing sunset cruises as the perfect way to all unwind together. Unlike the rougher waters up north, Negril’s seas are perfect for snorkeling and glass-bottom boat rides.
Every day is an adventure in Negril. You don’t visit the waterfalls to just take pictures of them—you climb up yourself.
Visit Mayfield Falls
Black River Safari
Take in the famous cliff-side sunsets at Rick’s Cafe, while watching cliff divers leap off 40 foot cliffs into the sea
Shop around Times Square mall, bartering for unique souvenirs
Along this stretch of heaven, you’ll find a variety of places to eat from family-run, casual beachside places to stop for a snack to the eclectic, colorful little local stops for a sample of the local cuisine. You’ll also find a variety of water sports and boat tours. Older kids can snorkel in the coral reef, or take in the sunset while cruising the sapphire-blue seas.
Experience The Negril Cliffs
Made of old coral, the Negril cliffs, located at the southern end of the beach, are ideal for snorkeling. We don’t recommend this for families with young children, but young adults will send postcards home all about it.
Part of the fun in traveling to new places is to live like the natives do, and this involves sampling their local dishes. If you agree, don’t let your next trip to a Negril resort pass without trying a really authentic Jamaican meal that involves a simple fruit. Breadfruit.
What is breadfruit?
Breadfruit dates back to 1789, when Captain William Bligh brought the fruit to the island during his second voyage here. Breadfruit is rich in vitamins A, B, C and also carbohydrates. In fact, this high energy fruit dates back to the days when it was used for British slaves in the Caribbean.
Popular among athletes
Did you know Jamaica’s own Usain Bolt—the fastest man alive—loves breadfruit? One of the highest-yielding fruit plants, a breadfruit tree can produce up to 200 fruits per season. Each breadfruit is the size of a grapefruit. This complex carbohydrate gives you an energy boost without increasing your sugar levels.
It’s no surprise then that the fruit that packs a serious punch is popular among athletes. During Jamaican-hosted marathons, runners who come to the island are eager to try the time-honored breadfruit to see its effects on their performance.
What does it taste like?
Because it is very rich in starch, breadfruit is roasted, baked, fried or boiled. It is served with Jamaica’s national dish—the ackee and saltfish—or with steamed callaloo. The taste of a cooked breadfruit is similar to a potato or freshly baked bread. When very ripe, this highly nutritional fruit tastes sweet.
Come back for more
Travelers and natives alike enjoy Jamaica’s breadfruit—and for good reason! Plan to sample it during your next trip here. Visitors who sample breadfruit cooked in Negril always come back for more.
Have you had a rough year at work? Does it have you pondering making an escape for some much needed rest and relaxation? Perhaps the thoughts of cool breezes, clear blue waters, and a bright shining sun are preoccupying your mind. If so, then it is time to start planning a trip to the wonderful beaches of Negril Jamaica.
Situated between Haiti and Cuba the Jamaica Island has plenty to offer. From the Blue Mountains, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, and exquisite waterfalls there is never a dull moment. Boasting some of the freshest seafood, the local cuisine is a true experience with tropical fruits, island spices, vegetables and the famous jerk chicken.
So what are you waiting for?! If you are looking for a little seclusion away from the hustle and bustle then Negril Resort is the place to explore. We sit right on the beach. Yes, that means you only have to take a few steps to immerse yourself into beach heaven. With area bars and restaurants such as the famous Margaritaville within walking distance, there are endless opportunities to dance the night away!
Negril Country Cottage offers superior and premium rooms that provide private patios and balconies in which you can continue to enjoy the beautiful ambience from your lodging area. Including all major amenities within the rooms there is also a dining area which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Are you convinced yet? Then stopping wasting time and book your trip today! Your friends here at this Negril Resort are awaiting your arrival.
Today you woke-up excited because you realized you were only a few days away from enjoying your annual one week beach vacation. Of course, as always you have too many work assignments and outside commitments to even think about packing. Well you are in luck because this year packing for a week will be a stress free event.
Over packing is the greatest dilemma many face when it comes to preparing for a short trip but we are here to help. The islands consistent tropical climate and comfortable temperatures ranging between 76-88°F allows for light packing. So let’s get to it, for we can’t wait to greet you here at the Negril Resort!
What to Pack Men:
Swim Suit and Cover up
A few inter-changeable jewelry pieces
One pair of strappy sandals
One pair of light sneakers
Travel size toiletries
Portable Phone Charger
Batteries for Camera
See that was easy enough. Most importantly don’t forget your plane ticket and ID for travel! Believe us it can happen. So pack away, and we look forward to your stay with us at the Negril Resort.
Some of the greatest family vacations can be found at all-inclusive Negril resorts in the tropical Jamaica. Not only is a Jamaican vacation the perfect playground for family members of all ages, you will regain the quality time that most busy families lose the rest of the year. Here, there’s something for everyone.
The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is known for many things, but mostly for its incredible natural beauty and unique history. Not only is Jamaica a popular tourist destination, it happens to be the birthplace and home of the beloved reggae singer Bob Marley. Jamaica was also made famous as the lush, tropical setting of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. In fact, Fleming’s 1965 novel The Man with the Golden Gun was set in the intimate westernmost parish of Negril.