Located on the western tip of Jamaica, Negril is a popular destination amongst tourists for its world famous beaches and laid back environment. Although there are almost no direct modes of transportation into the town, there are plenty of options with regards to getting to Negril, and just as many that people can use to get around.
Although there is an airport in Negril, it does not welcome international flights, so most tourists will have to fly in to nearby Montego Bay. Sailing and cruising are also options, but again, the trip will originally bring tourists to Montego Bay.
Once you arrive in Jamaica, you'll need to find a way to get to Negril. Options are all land bound.
...save yourself hours of driving time...
There are three international in Jamaica, and two of them offer easy access to Negril. The closest is the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, at just around 90 minutes away by car. Sangster International Airport is the busiest airport on the island, and tourists will have no trouble booking international flights directly to Montego Bay.
A bit more than three hours in the opposite direction is the Kingston. This airport is slightly smaller, though there are still plenty of international flights that make the journey into the capital city on a daily basis. The benefit of flying into Norman Manley International Airport is that the airport is open 24 hours a day, so it is possible to take a later flight.in
If you plan on hopping around Jamaica's largest cities to do some exploring, you can do so by flying domestically and save yourself hours of driving time. Negril is home to a domestic airport called the Ocho Rios, and Port Antonio.which offers a limited number of daily flights between Negril, Kingston, Montego Bay,
Click here for more information about flying into and around Negril.
It may take a little bit of extra planning to sail to Negril thanks to the lack of a harbor and the fact that it isn't an official port of entry, but hundreds of people still make the trip each year. You'll be able to do so by planning to enter the country at a different locale, then sail to Negril and dock as near to the town as possible. More detailed instructions can be found here.
With multiple cruise terminals throughout Jamaica, this island is a hot spot for stops on Caribbean cruises. If you'd like to make a point to visit Negril during a cruise, your best option would be to find a ship that sails to the nearest cruise port, the Montego Bay Cruise Terminal in Montego Bay. The distance is under 90 minutes, so you can reasonably hire a charter taxi or take a mini bus into town, explore, and make it back before you are due to be back on the boat.
The “Road to Negril” was once a thing of legends, with its winding, car-sickness inducing roads filled with pot holes and aggressive drivers. Today, the road has been smoothed out, traffic lights have gone up, and an effort to make road signs is in effect. If you've been to Jamaica before and sworn you would never drive on the island, news of the island's latest infrastructure repairs may just change your mind. Click here for further details.
Despite improvements to local roads, most tourists still prefer to let someone local do the driving. This is where charter and route taxis come in. One is a private service with self-regulating set rates, service that depends on word of mouth, and is willing to take wherever you need to go; while the other is similar to the public bus system, running a preset route and picking up as many passengers along the way as is possible. Our guide to Taxis in Negril will teach you how to tell one from the other.
A great deal of the hotels in Negril offer the added bonus of shuttles that drive guests to and from not only the airport, but to local attractions as well. They rarely, however, will take tourists out of town, and that is when the minibus comes into play. There is one that regularly makes its way down Central Boulevard, picking up guests to take to some of Jamaica's other major cities for a fee that is typically under $20(USD) per person. Know that these buses quickly become crowded and typically lack air conditioning. Plus, they only accept local currency and rarely make change. Those traveling on a budget will find this a great way to see other parts of the island.
Jamaica differs from many other Caribbean islands in that it is one large land mass, rather than a series of several small islands that join together to form a union. As such, ferries are not in such high demand as a reasonable means of transportation, and there are no regular ferry services in Negril.
Before you can hit the beach, you must first figure out how to get there. Whether you sail or fly, hire a cab or drive yourself, rest and relaxation await you in Negril.
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