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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Thinking of vacationing in Negril, Jamaica? First of all, let me first say that that is such a fantastic choice and you will not regret it.
Coming into the island, I am sure you are wondering ‘What airport should I land in?” And, more importantly, if you are heading to Negril, “Which airport is closest to Negril?” We have two main options and neither of them is located in Negril, however seeing as though Jamaica is a relatively small island, they are not too far away.
First up is the Sangster International Airport, which is the second busiest airport in Jamaica, since it is not only located in our second city Montego Bay, but also because Montego Bay is our island’s primary tourist hub.
From this airport, you have quite a few travel options to take you there, and you should arrive in approximately an hour and a half. That’s not too bad, right? And it’s a very scenic route, perfect for taking in the beautiful sea views. You'll pass through lush landscapes and maybe even spot some locals selling fresh fruit on the roadside. It's like a mini adventure before your big Negril escape! Check out this article on how to get to Negril from Montego Bay for even more details on getting there.
Now, if you find yourself landing at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, don't sweat it, Many travellers choose to land at this, our main airport on the island, for various reasons. While Kingston is on the other end of the island, it's still possible to make your way to Negril, but it's a bit of a journey. You've got a few options too. You can take a short domestic flight from Kingston to Montego Bay and then hit the road to Negril. Or if you like driving all the way, that too is fine. Just brace yourself for a longer ride compared to the Montego Bay arrival. This trip will take you approximately 4 hours.
Named after the famous author, Ian Fleming International Airport is located in Boscobel, Saint Mary. While not as large as Sangster or Norman Manley, it caters to a variety of flight options and is a more unpopular choice. They have only recently started accepting commercial flights, which is one of the main reasons it is not as popular. It is also much smaller compared to those I mentioned above. If you choose to travel by car from this airport to Negril, it will take you approximately 3 hours to get there. But trust me, you will get so caught up in the scenery that time will fly past.
Also situated in Kingston, Tinson Pen Aerodrome primarily handles domestic flights and charter services. While you could not fly into this airport internationally, you do have the option to use it for connecting to other airports on the island.
For those seeking ultimate convenience, Negril Aerodrome is the local airport in the vicinity. While not as extensive as Sangster, it provides a direct link to Negril, which will ultimately save you time and energy. So you could fly into this airport from any of those mentioned above, even the Tinson Pen Aerodrome.
I am certain that the sandy shores of the seven-mile beach are calling out to you, wherever you are, so regardless of which airport you land in, or how long you take to get there, 4 hours max, it will certainly be worth it.
Understanding the different airports in Jamaica allows you to choose the one that best suits your travel plans. Whether you prioritise proximity, international connections, or unique flying experiences, Jamaica's airports offer diverse options for every traveller.
Talking about the experiences, what do you want your experience in Jamaica to be like? Do you have the budget to cater to it? If not, I have a recommendation for you. The truth is, vacationing in Jamaica can be pricey… but it can also be quite reasonable. Thankfully, Wellesley, our founder, has created this comprehensive ebook and guide, Jamaica on a Budget, to help you and anyone else who wants to experience Jamaica to the fullest, but on a budget. Grab yourself a copy, you won’t regret it.
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