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Negril, Jamaica

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Negril is the hottest ticket in Jamaica. It is the party central of the island. And the home of hedonism. It is a prolific jumble of hotels, resorts and restaurants, and clubs and bars where the ice cubes clink into the wee hours of the morning. It is a sun-drenched beach, seven miles long, both swimsuit clad and au naturel. It is a rock-till-you-drop destination. It is one of the wildest vacation trips in the Caribbean.

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Negril affords a great deal of freedom to visitors. Since its early days as a haven for hippies, which is to say the 1970s, the city has harbored an image of a wild vacation destination. Nudity is common on the beaches of Bloody Bay. Reggae clubs bring some of the island’s best music to the cliffs that overlook spectacular sunsets. And, while not as popular as it was during the 70s, more than one establishment still sells hallucinogenic teas and vendors still hawk ganja.

Still, the real wildness in Negril lies just outside the city limits. Here, in an area known as the Great Morass, you can see a side of the country that most visitors never glimpse. Crocodiles, not vacationers, lie in the steamy afternoon sunshine. Peddlers sell, not marijuana, but shrimp caught using techniques over 400 years old. And spectacular birds, not parasailers, fill the air with dashes of color and a cacophony of exotic sounds.

Today, Negril has gained respectability and is home to all types of resorts that attract everyone from swingers to families. Law mandates that no building here can be taller than a palm tree so low-rises follow the coast from Bloody Bay (named for the days when the whalers cleaned their catch here) to the cliffs at its southern end, where the Negril Lighthouse still signals the rocks to ships.

Negril is located on the western tip of Jamaica.

Last updated October 14, 2011
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