The Ins and Outs of Negril Jamaica

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

My first weekend in Negril Jamaica I stayed at Kuyaba Hotel. This hotel was so pretty, the grounds were very clean and groomed, with beautiful palm trees, to bamboo walls. The rooms were almost like little cottages, wooden floors, doors, etc. The room I stayed in was pretty small, that was the only disadvantage to the hotel. The hotel had an amazing restaurant, if you go there the Jerk Chicken Skewers are a must! So delicious, I ended up staying at other hotels and went back for the skewers! If you start drinking rum punch at the bar at Kuyaba... good luck! DJ the bartender will hook you up if he likes you, he definitly has a strong pour. A couple drinks in and I was feeling more than nice! The staff at this hotel are all really helpful, I was out of lotion one day, I went to the front desk and was talking to one of the workers and showed her my skin because I was peeling, she actually went to her bag in the back and gave me her own lotion to use! Super friendly and helpful people working at Kuyaba. I loved my stay at this hotel. It is also in a great location on an amazing beach, right next to a lot of nice nightlife, also stores and shops if you need to go buy anything during the day.

The second weekend I went to Negril I stayed at Tamboo, this hotel was actually right next to Kuyaba, I just wanted to try something new. The rooms at Tamboo were actually pretty nice, big beds, spacious, decent bathroom. Breakfast was included in the package I bought but it was awful! The gave you some scrambled eggs a and a slice of toast, buttered if you were lucky, nothing to drink. I wouldn't recommend eating there. This is the party resort of the beach though. Alot of young people tended to hang out in that area, they played music all day long, jamaican people would hang out there as well, it was a nice vibe. Tamboo is in the same location as Kuyaba so right next to the stores and shops as well as on seven mile beach. I probably wouldn't stay here again, I would just come to party here and leave! 

The last hotel I stayed at in Negril was Negril Beach Club Hotel.... It was awful!!! The rooms were dirty, the bathroom was gross, our water broke when we were there, there weren't enough towels, the sheets were gross. It was really far down the beach. Just overall a bad hotel. At the same time I guess I got what I paid for, it was a cheap hotel for one night. I would not stay there again. 

While in Negril I partied at The Jungle, this is one of the more popular clubs for both locals and tourists, I found it more touristy than local, it was still fun though. It is a pretty big club, they have an open area upstairs where they play different music than downstairs. Normally more touristy music upstairs, and jamaican music downstairs. I paid like 15 USD to get in plus an arm band where I drank for free, so that was pretty cool. If you want a more local scene then this probably is not the place for you, if you are looking for a mix of both then this is definitely the place! 

 I also partied at a place called RoofTop this was definitly a more local scene! I went to a party there called sex and the city, it was a straight Dancehall party. I think this is a must if you head to Jamaica. If you ever see the dancehall videos on tv, this is exactly what you will see at those parties. Men dancing on girls backs...Yes I just said that. You will see the craziest dance moves ever at these parties. An unforgettable night for sure, but beware, some nights this club turns into a strip club. Ifthat isstill your scene then go for it! It is also an open area .. I guess that is why it is called rooftop! Go and enjoy.. Whine wit a Yardie! 

Margaritaville is another popular party spot in Jamaica. Once again more touristy than local. This place is fun during the day, everyone parties on the beach. The night I was there they only had the top part of the bar open, it is nice though, right on the ocean, so it makes for a nice view while in the club. They tried to charge me 30$ USD to get in and drink free, but there was no way I was paying that when I knew locals were paying 10. So I told the girl at the door I wasn't paying that, she said 20, I still said no, I told her I would give her 10. She quickly agreed, slapped the band on my arm and on my way I went. You have to be firm when in Jamaica, they will know when you know what you are talking about. This is something a tourist would not normally know unless you read a blog like this! Or have friends in JA that look out for you. So remember to negotiate :) 

Alfred's Ocean Palace was super cool, they have live reggae bands that play there, you pay a couple dollars to get in, but you get to listen to some talented artists perform live, drink on a beach and enjoy good company... What else could you ask for?! This is also located on 7 mile beach. 

Ricks Cafe is absolutely beautiful! You do not pay to get into Ricks, but you can tip the jumpers. The food and drinks are quite expensive, but this is a major tourist destination so that was expected. Known for its cliff diving, you will see some insane jumpers. They do crazy tricks while jumping off the cliffs. Unfortunately the day I went to Ricks 2 people had died from jumping, I was actually on my way with all intentions to cliff dive, by the time I got there the cliffs were roped off with caution tape. You have to be so careful while diving and really know what you are doing, also there are signs all over ricks about jumping at your own risk. If something happens to you while diving it is not their responsibility. If you are brave enough to risk it props to you! 

This is my short story of Negril! Whatever you want it is in Negril, the beach, the parties, great food, great people, so many hotel options, islands to travel to nearby, and local spots to eat!
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