Jamaica is a beautiful country with amazing weather, an engaging culture, and warm people. When you plan a trip to our island, you’re getting ready for an incredible experience: fun, relaxation, excitement—and probably lots more! Here are some things to keep in mind if you are thinking of visiting us soon.
You’re bound for a Jamaican vacation! The third largest island of the Caribbean, Jamaica offers breathtaking beaches, upscale resorts, and wonderful excursions for the adventurous. A Negril resort offers all of that and more.
Looking for incredible island flavor? The best places to eat during your Jamaican beach vacation? You can’t go wrong along the beach and cliffs with any number of local joints, so have fun exploring and tasting.
We’ve got the skinny on it all—from the best jerk to seafood to island favorites you don’t want to miss.
It’s all about Jamaican Jerk, and the secret ingredients
Jerk chicken is an art. Jamaicans take it seriously. Dating back to the 1600s, the jerk style of cooking has its roots in the British, Dutch, French, Spanish, East Indian, West African, Portuguese and Chinese cultures. It was common to jerk the pig with spices, peppers, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and secret spices. That’s what makes it truly unique and purely delectable!
One of the best places to get amazing jerk is at Bourbon Beach along 7 mile beach. Located next to Bar B Barn, the Jerk Pit here delivers smoky, spicy pork or chicken right to your plate—the best on the island.
Want some to take home? Ask for them to bottle it up for you!
Fresh, tasty, and delicious! You’ll be coming back for more. Fisherman make a good business selling their fresh catch to the restaurants all over the island. Your seafood dinner was probably caught that day.
Island signature dish
Barbecue style Jamaican food is the best in the world. It’s some of the island’s signature dishes right in Negril.
Great foods to try:
Ackee & Saltfish: a typical breakfast; very much like eggs. Tastes like curried chicken with yams, dumplings and hot bread
Patties: the beef patty is a pastry flavored with spices and usually cooked with beef. You’ll find it on the street being sold out of hot carts for on-the-go lunches for two dollars.
Those shacks and little huts on the road? Frequent them to help out the locals. One meal from you will make their day. And don’t forget to order up a Red Stripe, a great Jamaican beer, to wash it down. Or, for the men, a warm Guinness or overproof rum.
Vacations are a time to unwind, recharge and leave all your headaches behind, right? Is it possible to have a stress-free vacation? We think so. Here’s how:
Tips to a stress-free beach trip:
Pack your swimsuit and towel in a separate bag. That way if your luggage is lost or delayed, you have all you need to enjoy the beach right away! You’ll have to buy sunscreen at your resort, which is easy enough to do.
Can you travel home with all of the shells you painstakingly collected? Some Caribbean islands do limit the number and type of shells you may take with you. You’ll be held up at the airport and this delay may affect your travel plans. Ask at your resort before you spend time collecting.
Baby powder, who knew? Sprinkle the powder on your feet and all that sticky sand will fall right off. It’s magic!
Pack a cold washcloth to wash away saltwater. Bring a ziplock bag and store the dampened washcloth in your cooler at the beach to keep it sand-free. You never know when you’ll need to wipe the ocean saltwater sting from your child’s eyes, wipe away sand off the face of your industrious sandcastle builder to reapply sunscreen, or simply provide an immediate refresher when the temperatures rise.
Bring colorful or patterned towels to the beach or pool to lay over your chairs. They will stand out in a sea of the white resort-provided towels so you can find your spot after taking a dip in the water. Use the resort ones to dry off though.
Worried about your stroller being stolen or accidentally taken? Worry no more. Tie a balloon to the bar (or, a filled plastic bag to give the illusion of a dirty diaper). Definite deterrent.
Pack the antibacterial wipes — you never know when someone might scrape a leg on coral or need a quick cleanup from the sand or sunscreen. Wipes come in handy in a variety of cases.
How to ease your way into a wetsuit? Easy! Slip a Ziplock bag over your hands and feet and you’ll slide right in.
Gearing up for summer? Planning your next getaway extravaganza? One thing’s for certain—summer time means beach time! The beach offers something for everyone, at any age, so now is the time to start planning your next bash in the sand.
As you know, the shorter, colder days of winter translate into a higher energy usage. But did you know, by reducing your thermostat by only 10 degrees for eight hours, you can lower your heating bill by 15% in a year?
This winter, conserve energy during your next vacation by following a few easy steps:
You’re on vacation; let your water heater have a break, too! Did you know most of the energy used by your water heater goes into keeping your water hot in the tank? When you’re on vacation, your water heater doesn’t have to work so hard. Set it to vacation mode.
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.”