Places to eat, things to do, and general information
Posted on May 24, 2016
When you first step foot into Sunset at the Palms in Negril, Jamaica, you notice the serenity and untouched beauty that comes with this resort – nestled into the tropical gardens and flowering plants at the edge of Negril, it is truly Jamaica’s “Capital of Casual”. With specials frequent throughout the year, it’s no wonder Budget Travel named it a “Honeymoon Paradise for Less”. Yet we’ve found it to be a less travelled all-inclusive than their Couples neighbours, and we’d like to explain why it shouldn’t be.
posted on May 17, 2016
A favourite among visitors to Jamaica, it's easy to see why people go back time and again. Their picturesque rooms and views, and authentic Jamaican vibes, are enough to fall in love. What you may not know is that there is even more to love.
The Rockhouse Hotel in Jamaica was one of the first hotels to be developed on the cliffs, back in 1972. It has been host to such celebrities as Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones.
It was taken over in 1994 by an Australian group, which has strived to maintain the vision and atmosphere that it was originally built with.
Even the architectural development, overseen by Jean-Henri Morin for the last 20 years, has kept the focus of his designs on high quality, with a positive and sustainable relationship with the environment. This can be seen by the way the cottages have been gently tucked away into the jungle-like landscape of their cliff side location.
If you have savored Blue Mountain Coffee you know.....if you haven't yet, you are in for a treat!
Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world after crude oil.
Although Jamaica is well down on the list of coffee produced, producing approximately 4 to 5 million pounds per year, it has a well deserved reputation as one of the best Arabica coffees.
The Jamaican coffee industry has strict geographical boundaries, which define the coffee classified as Jamaican Blue Mountain. It is certified by rigid inspection by the Jamaican Coffee Industry Board that certifies cultivating, production and exportation.
The word rum is first said to have been used in Barbados in the 1620s to describe an intoxicating, rough, unpleasant and overpowering liquor made from sugar cane juice, though the English were the first to begin making rum from fermented sugar cane. Although the exact origin of the word rum is not known, it is commonly believed to come from the English word "rumbullion" which means "great tumult."
Barbados' Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. claims the title of world's oldest rum producer dating back to 1703. Appleton Jamaica, dating back to 1749, makes it the second oldest rum producer in the Caribbean. For a time, the drink was also known as "kill-devil" and it was used to trade with the young American colonies for salted fish, pork, beef, timber and livestock. As processing techniques improved, the drink became more palatable and popular.
One of the first things on most visitors’ minds, especially first timers, is “Where do we go to eat?” The good news is, there are many fine places to eat, from Jerk chicken road-side vendors cooking from their modified metal drums, to casual, to fine dining restaurants (still casual resort wear) found throughout Negril. Cliff side or beach side, enjoy Italian, Chinese, American, Thai, Vegetarian, Pizza, Japanese sushi, seafood, Tacos, fusion and many others.
Most resorts in Negril have restaurants on the property, but there are also many independent “local” restaurants that cook up wonderful local dishes like ackee and saltfish, a wonderful breakfast combination served with dumplings or Johnnycakes, fried or boiled bananas, plantain, yam and Callaloo (a Jamaican version of a vegetable very similar to spinach), brown stew chicken, jerk pork, curry goat, escovitch fish.
Street vendors offer ice cream, fresh fruits, coconut, hot peanuts and fish.
Beach vendors sell Jamaican patties, fresh fruits and juices, pastries, ice cream and cooked lobster in season.
You are never far from delicious food in Negril. Many restaurants offer free pickup.
Too Cool? This now famous bar is anchored on a sand bar about a 15 minute boat ride from shore in Parottee Bay in the Parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.
This is a must do in Jamaica. If you are looking for a unique and fun experience ...Floyd's Pelican Bar is it.
Why is it called the Pelican Bar? Because of the pelicans that hang about of course.
Visiting Floyd’s Pelican Bar in Jamaica is definitely something to brag about.
Floyd’s Pelican Bar is a tiny bar made of driftwood stilted on a huge sandbar about ¾ miles out in the sea.
Swim in the warm clear and shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounding the bar. Water is waist deep so non swimmers can enjoy a dip as well.
If you are lucky, you might see a pod of dolphins frolicking nearby.
There's nothing like a cold one at the Pelican Bar where visitors from around the world have left mementos and carved their names in the wooden walkways.
Be sure to enjoy their specialty... freshly caught fish freshly prepared by Floyd himself. Watch the fishermen bring in their catch and choose your fish.
Our private tours to Floyd's Pelican Bar include private transfers and boat to Floyd's and pickup can be done from most areas in Jamaica.
If you are staying in Treasure Beach you can take a small boat all the way to Floyd's, past miles of deserted beaches...this is a trip in itself.
Arrive anytime and stay as long as you want...up to sunset.
Don't forget your sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and camera for an experience that you won't soon forget.
This is an attraction that many folks return to on each stay in Jamaica.