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Negril Travel Guide
Navigating Negril Like a Local - Tips & Advice

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by Kesha Stewart | Associate Writer

If you're an explorer at heart, a solo traveller or maybe you just want to see life outside of the sheltered (admittedly comfy and luxurious) confines of your resort, then this is for you. We are talking today about how you can easily find your way in and around the beautiful town of Negril, Jamaica.

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Negril is ideally settled between Hanover and Westmoreland. There are only three main roads in Negril which all converge at the same point; the roundabout. This is in the town centre which is commonly called Negril Square.

The three roads are Norman Manley Boulevard which we call "The Beach Road", The West End Road and lastly Nonpariell Road. By way of information, a roundabout is a type of circular intersection or junction where road traffic is permitted to flow in one direction around the central island.

As suggested by the local name, Beach Road runs parallel to the memorable seven-mile beach. The road feeds north from the roundabout. This is where you will find many of the all-inclusive and other types of resorts. You are going to find bars and eateries as well.

If you continue long enough on this road it will take you to Lucea, which is the capital of Hanover. In Lucea, you will find the Noel Holmes Hospital. If you continue driving you will eventually end up in Montego Bay where you will find the Donald Sangster International Airport.

Next is West End Road which locals refer to as One Love Drive. This will take you through the town where you will pass shopping areas and move on to places such as Rockhouse, Ricks Cafรฉ or the Negril Lighthouse and beyond to stops such as the Westender Inn, and local spots such as Mount Airy and Orange Hill.

Eventually, you will arrive on the outskirts of Negril coming to White Hall which will take you onto Nonpariell Road.

You'll never have to go through much hassle if you decide to take a taxi to get around. You can hail a cab while standing at the roadside.

As you move around please ensure that you are travelling in a taxi that is licensed and insured. A route taxi is what the locals use mostly. They are easily recognized by their checkered black and white panels running along each side and they bear a distinct red licence plate.

They should also clearly display where the taxi is licensed to operate (for example, Little London - Negril). On entering the route taxi, you need to see the driverโ€™s badge which is a large picture ID, conspicuously displayed. On the left of the windscreen, there will be evidence that the taxi complies with the Transport Authority i.e. is licenced to carry members of the public.

There must also be a bright coloured disc which has a punched hole to indicate the month in which the vehicle's road licence will expire. Your driver should be in uniform. This is basically a shirt of any colour bearing the crest of the Route Taxi Association with which the driver has a membership.

Bear these other tips in mind as you travel:

  1. Dress comfortably

  2. Wear sun protection

  3. Change your currency at a reputable dealership.

  4. Ascertain the cost of your journey in local currency so there are no surprise costs en route. It will save you from being overcharged or scammed.

  5. If you take a taxi, then be prepared to have other passengers getting on and off. Taxis operate in this way to be viable so budget some additional time.

  6. If you happen to be out till midnight remember that the fare will be doubled.

  7. You may charter a taxi too, the taxis which specifically work as chartered taxis bear yellow and black checkered panelling along the sides. They are independent operators who have their rates so make sure you agree on the cost before you hop in.

  8. Some hotels have taxi services so inquire about that at the reception area.

  9. You can avoid delays and undue expenses by renting from a reputable dealer. Only remember that in Jamaica we drive on the left. Rental costs at the time of writing this article were ranging between $50 - $150 US per day.

I hope this Negril travel guide helps you on your Jamaican Vacation!

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References & Sources For Negril Travel Guide

  1. TripAdvisor, https://www.tripadvisor.com/
  2. https://www.ta.org.jm/taxi-associations, https://www.ta.org.jm/

Negril Travel Guide | Written: August 15th, 2022

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