The Best Beaches in Jamaica: Seven Mile Beach, Negril
One of the main attractions in Negril, Jamaica is the famous Seven Mile Beach (also known as Negril Beach). This beach is one of Jamaica’s treasures and has just about everything you could want out of a beach. Although Negril is a small town of about 3,000, it stretches across two parishes and there are a number of beautiful beaches for people to enjoy. The seven-mile stretch is the stuff of vacation legends; made up of the long 4-mile stretch and the smaller 3-mile stretch of Bloody Bay. Of course, with Negril being so close to Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and other popular Jamaican destinations, the opportunity to visit an even greater number of beaches exists.
The Seven Mile Beach in Negril is a 1.5 hour drive from the nearest international airport, Sir Donald Sangster Airport in Montego Bay. The journey from Montego Bay to Negril is incredibly scenic so have your camera ready.
Located just off the main thoroughfare of Norman Manley Blvd, there tends to always be a good crowd of people at the Seven Mile Beach in Negril. However, with majestic views of massive cliffs, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and even a lighthouse, this beach creates the illusion of being relatively secluded. In addition to the silky white sand that stretches as far as the eye can see, the water is a gorgeous aqua color with clear visibility. These combine with the warm sunshine to make your visit an unforgettable one.
In addition to the beautiful creatures that live in the waters off the Seven Mile Beach is the stunning coral. This reef boasts vibrant colors such as green, red, and purple, and it is comprised of various types of coral to include sea fan, bubble coral, brain coral, purple base anemone, green anemone, flowerpot coral, star coral, and red cauliflower coral. The result is a one-of-a-kind landscape.
At one time, the Seven Mile Beach was controlled by unruly pirates, but of course today the pirates are long gone, leaving seven miles of pristine sand for beach lovers to enjoy. This natural oasis is ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling, and even scuba diving, along with a number of other fun water sports. You can even travel along the beach on horseback if you like. The only caution is for parents of smaller children since some people soak up the sun or swim at this beach void of bathing suits.
Both snorkelers and scuba divers can spend time exploring underwater life just off the shore along the coral reefs. There, they will see things like box fish, puffer fish, stingrays, angel fish, seahorses, and goat fish, among others. Although this area is perfect for people with experience, it is also a great spot for beginners because the water is shallow and tranquil. Of course, more advanced divers can use their own equipment or rent items from a local dive shop to venture deeper into the waters around Negril, Jamaica.
Making the trip to the Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica even more enjoyable is the fact that there are restaurants close by. There is also a convenient concession stand right on the beach and several vendors who sell food and locally made items. Some of the other amenities include restrooms, showers, chairs, umbrellas, and picnic tables. The bottom line - whether visiting Negril’s Seven Mile Beach alone or as an entire family, lifetime memories are created. Relaxing yet invigorating, this beach is truly one of Jamaica’s most incredible attractions.
The Seven Mile Beach and the surrounding area has several hotel options. Whether you’re looking for rustic and romantic, or 5-star luxury, Negril has it all. Be sure however to make an early reservation during winter and spring tourist seasons.
It’s difficult to sum up such a hotbed of varying activities. The best way to experience Negril’s Seven Mile Beach is to just come and visit it. One thing is certain, you will not lack options for fun and memorable moments and you will leave this unforgettable beach with Jamaica in tow.
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