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Royal Palm Reserve: Negril Attractions & Sightseeing, Jamaica

Royal Palm Reserve

The Royal Palm Reserve is an Eco-tourism Attraction located in the Negril Environmental Protection Area (EPA) in Westmoreland, Jamaica, and managed by the Negril Area Environmental Protection Trust (NEPT).

The Reserve is an amazingly beautiful and tranquil forest within the Negril Great Morass. This 300-acre site boasts 114 plant species including the Royal Palm found only in this area and over 300 animal species including birds, butterflies and reptiles.

Royal Palm Reserve - located just outside of town near the town of Sheffield and is the 2nd largest wetland in Jamaica. The reserve was created to protect the endangered Swamp Cabbage Palm (Roystonea princepa) and the trees provide a haven for the Ospreys and Hawks that frequent the morass. Nature lovers and bird watchers will be surprised at the variety of fauna and flora species found here.

Nature Walks

Enjoy the Negril Royal Palm Reserve's half a mile of boardwalk with a trained guide or by yourself following the interpretive signs. Stop to climb the 30ft observation tower to get an overhead view of the Negril Great Morass.


Rent a fishing rod and we will provide the worms! Try your hand at catching African Perch and Tarpon in the Cotton Tree Lake. You can even buy the fish you catch


Bird Watching

Come in the early morning or evening to observe some of the 50 bird species that live in the Reserve. You'll also get the opportunity to watch the endangered and rare West Indian Whistling Ducks fly overhead to feed near the Cotton Tree Lake.

Crocodile Viewing

We currently have 5 captive American Crocodiles on site and one Jamaican Boa. Spend a moment to visit these ancient and beautiful endangered species.


Bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy by the Cotton Tree Lake. Enjoy the tranquility of our Lake-Side Bar as you watch the Moorhens swim and the Tarpons jump. Cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Horseback Riding

Guided horseback riding tours of the Negril Royal Palm Reserve and surrounding areas are now available. Explore sections of the Negril Great Morass and rural Jamaica by horseback! Groups of up to 20 persons are welcome. Please phone to book in advance.


A 1985 ecological study of the Reserve found over 300 animal species, dominated by insects including butterflies, dragonflies, ants, termites, bees and wasps. Other animals include birds (about 52 species), reptiles including the endemic Jamaican Pond Turtle, frogs and toads, mongoose, fish, spiders and snails.

Negril Attractions, Sightseeing and Tours - Place of interest to visit on your Jamaica Holiday

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