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Local folklore has it that Adam and Eve actually left Eden for a better way of life in Negril, Jamaica. Unspoiled, untamed, uninhibited, Negril is a luscious mixture of innocence and seductiveness. Curving seven miles along Jamaica's West coast, its resorts and Negril hotels feature an incredible white sand beach that seems to go on forever and leads to a dramatic headland called West End, whose cliffs are carved with ancient caves and secluded rock-bound tidal pools of translucent water.

In addition to what are arguably the most beautiful sunsets in the world, you will find resorts, small inns, villas and cottage resorts - but not a single high-rise in sight because local law states that no structure in Negril can rise higher than the highest palm tree, except for the Negril Lighthouse which towers 100 feet above sea level. Popular dive sites are at Sand Club Reef, Commando Training Dive, Coral Gardens, The Arch, and Kingfish Point. The Negril cliffs, particularly around the lighthouse and Rick's Cafe, are also popular for swimming and snorkeling, with a network of caves and grotto's for romantic rendezvous. Picnic excursions to Booby Cay for snorkeling, swimming and sunning are among the more popular pastimes.

History: Unlike most other places in Jamaica Negril has very little history except as a haven for shipping and pirates. In 1814 fifty warships and 6600 men sailed from Negril to tackle the American rebels and were trounced in the Battle of New Orleans. It was here that the infamous pirate Calico Jack Rackham was captured, then taken to Spanish Town for trial and executed near Port Royal at a place known thereafter as Rackham's Cay. Jack acquired his nickname because of his penchant for wearing calico underwear. It is said that prior to his capture he was (true to the Negril tradition!) carousing aboard his ship with two of his crew Anne Bonney and Mary Read. These female pirates who had the reputation of being even more bloodthirsty than their captain were both pregnant for him. At their trial they "pleaded their bellies" and were spared the death penalty.

Restaurants: The infinite variety of Negril's restaurants, eateries and bars has to be experienced to be believed. Among the long established favorites are Cosmo's and Charela Inn (on the Beach) Chicken Lavish and Hungry Lion in the West End. Not to be overlooked are the award winning Chez Maurice Restaurant (Samsara Cliff Hotel), the Legends Beach Resort, Margaritaville (on the Beach), and Penny and Ingeís Lighthouse Inn (in the West End). Negril has lots of seafood, plenty of pasta (not to mention Rasta Pasta), I-tal, vegetarian, French, German, Chinese and Jamaican cuisine so do your own research. Many restaurants offer transportation for dinner.

Reggae: It is reggae Sunsplash all year round in Negril with frequent live reggae shows and top line artists at Kaiser's Cafe, Sam Sara, MX III, Central Park in the West End, and De Buss on the Beach.

Negril Fun Fact: Negril's Booby Cay was the location site for the filming of Walt Disney's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.

Map of Negril and Jamaica

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