Negril, Jamaica // Places to go + travel essentials


I still can’t believe that it has been two weeks since I have returned from Jamaica with my family. Jamaica has become like a second home to me. For the past three years, I have had a chance to meet some kind and humble locals, see beautiful sunsets and enjoy some amazing food. Today I want to share with you some of the best things to do in Negril and what restaurants are worth venturing out to.


Top: Target // Belt: Target // Shorts: Express // Lipstick: Urban Decay // Sandals: LC Lauren Conrad


Best Restaurants

Fireman’s Pit – He is known on the island for preparing the best lobster. I don’t eat lobster but my family cannot get enough of it!

Rockhouse – Infamous for their amazing coconut chicken and shrimp. I get the chicken since I don’t eat shrimp. It has the best vibe!

Rick’s Cafe – A must for any dare-devil. The restaurant sits on a cliff with fearless swimming jump from. I have not mustered the courage to jump the high peak yet.. 😬

Pushcart – It has the best atmosphere! They have the best fried chicken that is paired with rice and peas (beans but Jamaicans referred to them as peas hehe).


Best Foods/Drinks to get in Jamaica

Jamaican Patties – They are generally filled with veggies or beef. They are a must have!

Jerk Chicken – If you love spicy food, you are going to love jerk sauce. It’s spicy, smokey and sweet!

Dirty Banana – For anyone who loves sweet drinks. This drink made with rum, banana puree, Kahlua and ice. So sweet and refreshing!

Best Accommodations

Idle Awhile – Pricey but great for anyone who wants a luxury experience. A stay at Idle Awhile can also include a personal chef, maid and butler.

Rasta Pasta – Think of pesto but Jamaican style! It’s pasta in oil and local veggies. The vegetables are a little bitter. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys eating kale.

Beaches Resort – The best place to enjoy an all inclusive resort

The Cliffs – This is a splurge resort that celebrities go to all the time! The price range is really high but offers outstanding service and privacy (it only holds up to 50 people from what I have heard).


Travel essentials for Jamaica

Bug Spray – If you get eaten up alive like I do, don’t forget to pack bug spray.

Camera – My go-to camera for travel is my new Sony A7 iii. It’s small and compact. Since it is mirrorless, it’s also perfect when you are coming from AC to outside. If you want a small DSL camera, I recommend the Nikon D3200. It’s still one of the main cameras I use.

Bathing suits – One mistake I made a few years ago is that I did not bring enough bathing suits. Bring tons of them because doing laundry in Jamaica when to you are on vacation is often not an option.

Cover-up – Since you are going to be living in your swim suits most of the time, pack plenty of coverups! One of my favorite cover-ups I reviewed a few weeks ago is here.

Sunscreen – Rhetorical but worth mentioning!

Shoes – I only pack one pair of sandals and one pair of heels. This saves me room in my suit case. I forgot to pack sneakers this year. If you are a running, don’t forget to pack them so you can get your morning runs on the beach.

Have you ever been to Jamaica? Feel free to share your experiences with me by commenting below.

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Timeless Optimist is a petite fashion, beauty & lifestyle blog by Cristina Medina. This page focuses on creative storytelling, photography and positivity.

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