Negril + The South Shore
Negril + The South Shore Travel Guide
The Scene: Grab your camera before heading to this scenic beach bar. Not only is Rick's Café known as one of the best places to watch a sunset in the Caribbean, it's also famous for its gutsy (some say crazy) cliff diving, which goes on right next to the bar.
If someone collected masses of driftwood and palm fronds, nailed them all together, and stuck the resulting structure on stilts out in the ocean, it would likely look like Floyd’s Pelican Bar.
For the past seven years, The Jungle, run by the five charismatic Wallace brothers, has been known as the place to dance in Negril—and you never know who’s going to show up (both heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis and former Miss Universes have been known to make appearances).
The last unspoiled portion of the coast lies to the south, surrounding this beach. Though the sandy stretch itself isn’t as pretty as those in the north, it’s still possible to feel like you’ve discovered the real Jamaica here.
Expert tour guides lead small groups to a series of waterfalls in the middle of the rainforest. The river may seem daunting, but don't be afraid to follow your guide out of your comfort zone and into the falls' nooks and crannies.
Sandals Whitehouse European Village on the southern coast houses the Red Lane Spa. Burnt umber walls, red mahogany, pastel floral paintings, and marble set a relaxing tone.