It’s a postcard kind of beauty that greets tourists when they visit the town of Negril. Not only is it one of Jamaica’s most beautiful spots, the town itself has a rich history of fluctuating ownership, pirating, and warfare over whose flag should fly on the sands of the famous town.
Many persons are unaware that Negril is simply a town in the parish of Westmoreland. The capital of Westmoreland is Savanna-La-Mar, or “Sav-La-Mar” as most Jamaicans call it. Westmoreland possesses Jamaica’s westernmost point, Negril point, and Jamaica’s 5th longest river (Cabaritta River). One of Jamaica’s inactive ports is also in the parish. Historically, the port was used to export tobacco and sugarcane and was later used as a defense area for the British during their war against the French.
Like all the parishes of Jamaica, Westmoreland has a wonderful
history. Being colonized first by the Spaniards who named the capital “Savanna-de-la-Mar” (The Plain by the Sea), Westmoreland had a lot of economic activities including the production and export of sugarcane products, including sugar and rum. Unfortunately, hurricanes and tidal waves would lead to the demise of this once prosperous parish.
Negril, or Punta Negrilla, was once hailed as one of the best ports to hide out during times of war between Europeans who were seeking to claim land in the name of their countries. Along with Port Royal, Negril was known as a part that harboured pirates, financiers, men of nobility and who belonged to the gentry.
Westmoreland has evolved after its destruction on more than three occasions and now holds one of Jamaica’s famous and favourite tourist spots. Some things you can do in Westmoreland, particularly Negril, include:
- Watch the Sunset – one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see will be in Negril. Absolutely breathtaking!
- Rick’s Cafe – On a cliff, just on the “edge” of Negril is Rick’s Cafe. Enjoy great food, watch the sunset, or dive off the edge of the cliff into the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea.
- Take a Stroll on the beautiful 7-mile Beach Strip
- Hang out at Margaritaville
- Check out the Negril Lighthouse
- Go Scuba Diving
The possibilities are endless, and adventures await in every “nook and cranny” (corner) of Jamaica!
Happy Trails! ~JGIC