Negril Off the Beaten Path
Many people who travel to Negril Jamaica prefer to participate in mainstream activities but for some, there is more allure to getting off the beaten path. The great thing about this Caribbean island is the wide variety of things to do on both ends of the spectrum. Of course, the ultimate experience involves a little bit of both.
If someone plans a trip to Negril in September and wants a unique experience, a visit to Bamboo Alley is ideal. This is simply a strip of road located between Santa Cruz and Savanna-La-Mar but the thing that makes it different is that the entire roadway is covered with beautiful bamboo. This is such an incredible sight and something completely out of the ordinary that people take guided tours or rent cars to see it in person.
There are also a number of restaurants and bars tucked away worth visiting. For instance, Walkers Wood is a small, quaint town about two hours from Negril. Although it is quite a drive, this is a place that serves some of the island’s best spicy jerk chicken. In fact, the sauce used to create this masterful dish has fondly been named “Walkers Wood Sauce”, something that can be purchased and taken home to enjoy.
Another unique experience while in Negril entails leaving something from home behind. While visiting Maureen and Robert’s Sunnyside bar, people from all over the world leave something personal. For example, there are tee shirts with college emblems, hats, state flags, nametags, and even personalized license plates. Throughout the bar, these items are on display, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
We also want to mention Jamaican donkey races. Typically, these races are held in February on the famous Seven Mile Beach whereby locals bring donkeys all decked out in colorful fabrics and ribbons to be raced against competitors. The great thing about the donkey races is that all donations go toward a charitable cause. As part of the festivities are numerous activities, as well as different Jamaican foods for the entire family to enjoy.
People can also participate in karaoke on the beach. This is an event sponsored by several of the larger hotels and resorts to include the Wind Resort Hotel. For this, locals and tourists alike meet on the beach to sing traditional Reggae, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Rhythm and Blues songs, as well as other music genres. Of course, as with most beach parties, there is always a variety of amazing food and drinks.
The last off-the-beaten track thing we wanted to mention is the Negril farmer’s market, which on the weekends is quite crowded. However, if visiting during the week, people can get around without any trouble and find virtually anything wanted. Although this market has only been open to the public for two years, it has grown significantly. After all, everyone wants to get hold of the best spices, fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, and handcrafted goods available but at affordable prices.