A travel journal
to Negril by wvbluerock
Quote: Accomodations and restaurants, activities, craft artists, side trips and personal stories.
Walking is generally pretty safe, but walk with a friend late at night and avoid the shadows.
I always stay in an upstairs garden room, overlooking the gardens. I like #15, near the swimming pool. Rooms are spacious, with king sized bed, air conditioning and overhead fan; and winter rates are only $60 per night. The cathedral ceiling and nice furnishings are also a plus.
The villas are also very nice, but more pricey. They overlook the sea, and are quite large (see picture). Each has private access to the reef and caves, and attractive natural plantings on stone paths to the restaurant.
I love to go down to the caves in the morning and snorkel from there to the cliffside reef a few feet away. Sometimes I swim next to the cliffs and get out at Moonlight Villas or Pee Wee''s bar, a couple of hundred yards away. 3 Dives restaurant, next door, serves terrific and economical jerk chicken, if you get tired of the fine, but slightly expensive cuisine at Xtabi. It''s within safe walking distance to several craft shops and local restaurants and bars, and a taxi ride to the beach only takes a few minutes.
Staff are friendly and can meet any need. It has a freshwater pool which is always open, and is a great place to meet fellow travelers.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2001
Norman Maney Blvd - West End (Cliffs)
Hotel | "Footeprints"
Security seemed weak, as locals seemed to prowl right outside our windows all night. The beach (always a little narrow and cramped) had been mostly washed away by a hurricane a few months before; and was very tiny, with ugly sandbags preventing easy access to the sea. The location, far up on the north end of the beach, was pretty much out of the beach action. If it were less expensive, these things might easily be forgiven. But several places nearby seemed to be a better value.
Footeprints'' Friday night Lobster Grill almost made up for these inconveniences, however; and served one of the largest, most succulent and perfectly cooked crustaceans I''ve had in my life.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 25, 2001
Foote Prints On the Sands Hotel
NORMAN MANLEY BLVD
No restaurant, but plenty of places to eat nearby. Many guests return year after year and consider it their home away from home. Location is next to PeeWee''s and Blue Cave Castle, so there''s often lots of activity right outside the gate, and perfect peace within.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2001
Norman Manley Blvd.
Attraction | "Junior Bruce, Woodcarver"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2001
Woodcarver Junior Bruce
Norman Manley Rd. (cliffs) by Pickled Parrot
Vincent takes his boat from the cliffs to the beach about 9 or 10am- until he finds a fare. Yell at him and wave your hands at the best place to board from your hotel. You can also sometimes pick him up from the beach. Don't settle for second best, but wait until he's available. I don't know exactly what he charges now, but we found his rates a bargain last winter. Small, unassuming boat. Good man.
Famous Vincents Glass Bottom Boat
Cliff Hotel Pickup
Mill Creek, West Virginia