Negril 7 Mile Beach: Negril Attractions & Sightseeing, Jamaica
The name "Negril" is a shortened version of "Negrillo", as it was originally named by the Spanish in 1494. The name is thought to be a reference to the black cliffs south of the village. Although Negril has a long history, it did not become well known until the second half of the twentieth century. Negril's development as a resort location began during the late 1950s, though access to the area proved difficult as ferries were required to drop off passengers in Negril Bay, forcing them to wade to shore.
Most vacationers would rent rooms inside the homes of Jamaican families, or would pitch tents in their yards. The area's welcoming and hospitable reputation grew over time and the first of many resorts were constructed in the mid to late 1960s.
The golden sands of Seven Mile Beach are located on the shores of Negril. This butterscotch beach is hugged by a bow-shaped town, and is the longest continuous stretch of powdery beach on Jamaica. You can spot the beach's majestic cliffs further up the shore, and there's a lighthouse at the end of the beach.
Seven Mile Beach may be one of the only beaches in Jamaica that appeals to many travelers, like social or active vacationers. The people and views make it a great middle ground that can please everyone in your party.
Vacationers who are hoping for a taste of seclusion in Jamaica might enjoy a stop at Seven Mile Beach. You'll find urban areas without going far, but you won't be too far from the beaten path, it is an excellent middle ground.
The geography of Jamaica is quite diverse. The western coastline contains the island's finest beaches, stretching for more than six kilometers along a sandbar at Negril. It is known as the "7-Mile Beach" although it is only slightly more than 4 miles in length, from the Negril River on the south to Rutland Point on the north.
On the inland side of Negril's main road, to the east of the shore, lies a swamp called the Great Morass, through which runs the Negril River, amidst which is the Royal Palm Reserve, with wetlands that are protected since they are responsible for the growth of coral in the region, which upon death, begin to decay, helping to form coral sand along the beachfront.
Negril Attractions, Sightseeing and Tours - Place of interest to visit on your Jamaica Holiday
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