Sailing and Boating Near Negril

Planning to sail to Negril means making extra effort

Photo credit: © Regina Nordalm Filippetti

Because Negril lacks a harbor, sailing is not always the first transportation option that one thinks of. This is, of course, only a minor setback, and anyone hoping to plan an international sailing excursion to this destination will find it to be possible with a little extra planning.

If you merely want to spend a few hours on the water, without the cost and complications associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. See the table that follows to obtain information on area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Island Charter Co. (876) 430-0596 Hedonism II - 4.6 mi. (7.4 km) North of Negril
Sea Shell Charters (876) 875-4167 Orange Bay
Sunbaby Glass Bottom Boat (876) 485-4023 Negril

If you are thinking about a boat charter, you can call one of these area agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
Yamon Red Stripe Catamaran (876) 443-0178 Norman Manley Boulevard - 1.9 mi. (3.0 km) North-Northeast of Negril Jamaica


If you do plan to hire a charter or sail your own yacht to the island, dock, and then head over to Negril from there, you can do so by entering at one of eight ports of call in Kingston, Montego Bay, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Port Kaiser, Port Esquivel, Discovery Bay, and Bowden. Fly into the port with your "Q" flag waving, and customs will great you at the dock. There, you will be asked to present a number of documents including departure permissions from your last port of call, the ship's registration paperwork, all of the ship's stores, and a crew list and declaration. Once you are granted official access to Jamaica's waters as well as the island, you can sail to one of the island's marina's and dock your vessel.

Considering the option of traveling to Negril using a vessel you own, or a boat you charter in a different location? The following chart lists marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location Island
Mary's Bay Marina & Fuel Dock (876) 957-0981 Negril Beach Hotel Zone Jamaica
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Bloody Bay - 5.5 mi. (8.9 km) North of Negril 18.3518994212 -78.3381843567
Green Island Bay - Green Island 18.3951928495 -78.2677602768

It may take a bit extra work to plan to sail to Negril than to some other locations in Jamaica, but it remains a possibility if you're willing to take the time – and most would agree, it is absolutely worth it.


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