A July 2003 trip
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Quote: For our first trip to Jamaica, we chose Negril as our destination. Read about a good place to stay, some good eats, and a day excursion to the countryside -- some practical tools for what to expect.
Hotel | "White Sands Resort Hotel"
The hotel also has a well-done website and represents itself very accurately: .
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2003
White Sands Negril
Norman Manley Blvd, PO Box 60
We paid our driver, Clive "The Buffaloman," US$110 to drive three of us, although you may be able to negotiate down to about US$80 if you have keener negotiation skills. The entrance fee was about US$10 per person. Our guide (who we paid separate from our entrance fee) took us on about an hour river hike where we stopped and swam in some very fresh water and among some small, but beautiful falls. With very few tourists and beautiful surroundings, it was a great addition to our Jamaican trip. Be prepared to take some water shoes or sneakers for the slick and rugged rocks, which you will have to walk on to get through the river.
A couple of other factoids about the falls:
- You can order a lunch ready for you when you are done with the river tour (which may likely cost a lot).
- You can bring a picnic lunch, as there are tables and huts.
- This is a place for some great pictures, so bring your camera.
- It may be hard to carry an infant through the river tour but there are some great spots to swim for people who cannot participate in the walking tour.
Mayfield Falls River Walk
About 1 hour south of Negril
If you are a swimmer you will love Negril! The beaches are impeccable for swimming -- clean and very calm.
Food at most hotel restaurants is not cheap. Most seafood dishes run equal to American prices. For some good curry or jerk chicken, ask a cab driver to take you to a good food stand away from the hotels, where you can likely pay $5 for hearty and tasty food.
Rick's Cafe is a popular restaurant and club, mostly catering to tourists. Expect some expensive daiquiris. I paid $6.50 for a small coconut drink. Red Stripe, the local beer, ran for about $3 a beer -- too much for their local brew.