Although every Sandals all-inclusive resort has tons of complimentary activities onsite, you’ll probably also want to explore what the area has to offer. That’s where Sandals excursions come in. They cost extra but are super easy to arrange through the resort.
You can book Sandals excursions online via the Sandals website after you’ve made your reservation, or once you get to the resort. If there’s something you really want to do, we recommend booking it in advance just to be safe.
But what excursions does Sandals offer? They are different at each Sandals resort. In this article we’ll discuss Sandals Negril excursions in Jamaica, so read on to learn more.
Excursions at Sandals Negril, Jamaica
The Caribbean island of Jamaica offers natural beauty, white sand beaches, clear and warm waters, and tons of activities, making it a very popular romantic and honeymoon destination.
Sandals Negril, located on Seven Mile Beach, is our favorite of the Sandals resorts in Jamaica. One thing that sets this location apart is the amazing sunsets you only see completely from this western part of the island.
There are a lot of things to do in Negril, so you’ll have a wide variety of excursions to choose from. Sandals Negril excursions are all managed by Island Routes, but you book and pay through Sandals.
Sandals Negril excursions include river rafting, shopping in Negril, ziplining, river tubing, hiking and waterfall tours, ATV tours, deep sea fishing, historic and cultural tours, catamaran cruises, biking and dune buggy tours, horseback riding on the beach, and more. There are also dolphin encounter experiences. While we do not feel good about dolphins in captivity, they are available.
We think the best Sandals Negril excursion is to Rick’s Cafe. It isn’t just a place to eat. There are cliffs here, and you can jump off the smaller ones or watch some real daredevils jumping off the bigger ones. The best way to get here is on one of the catamaran cruises that pick you up on the resort, but you can also take a taxi. Shopping excursions are also popular.
Let’s take a look at some of the Sandals Negril excursions in more detail.
Rick’s Café Sunset Experience
Voted one of the 10 best bars in the world by Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine, Rick’s Café overlooks the turquoise Caribbean and is more than just a bar. Experience cliff diving here, whether you try it yourself or watch others, then toast the glorious sunset.
Reggae Sunset Catamaran Cruise
For a romantic Sandals Negril excursion, board this catamaran cruise and enjoy reggae music, drinks, snacks, and snorkeling. Watch the sunset from the famous Rick’s Café, then relax on the magical sail back to the resort.
Treetop Zipline and River Tubing Experience
Adventurous couples will love this Sandals Negril excursion, which takes you into the rainforest to zipline hundreds of feet up above the trees. Then you’ll tube down the river as guides point out local wildlife and jungle animals.
Bamboo River Rafting & Swamp Safari
For a unique experience, relax on a bamboo raft as your captain guides you down the beautiful Martha Brae River in the rainforest. You’ll also get to see rare birds in Jamaica’s largest walk-through aviary, as well as exotic animals like peacocks, whistling ducks, and kinkajou.
Bob Marley Reggae and Culture Tour
This Sandals Negril excursion takes you to Nine Mile, Bob Marley’s birthplace, where you learn all about the reggae music legend. You’ll also enjoy beautiful scenery in St. Ann and a delicious authentic Jamaican jerk lunch.
Discover Negril Shopping Highlight
Browse local shops and galleries in Negril on this shopping excursion, which takes you to the duty-free area as well as the Craft Market. Find the perfect souvenir or gift for everyone back home.
Flavors of South Coast and Cultural Tour
Foodies will love this chance to taste authentic Jamaican food like peppered shrimp and jerk chicken, as well as tour through the mountains of the South Coast. You’ll also get to visit Appleton Estate rum distillery (with samples of course) and stop at Holland Bamboo Grove for an ice-cold coconut and local peanuts.
You can also go on excursions in Jamaica with local guide companies or through online vendors like Get Your Guide and Viator.
In between excursions, you’ll have lots of onsite Sandals Negril activities to choose from. These include complimentary watersports like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, kneeboarding, aquatrikes, and wakeboarding plus complimentary land activities like day and night tennis, beach volleyball, croquet, bocce ball, shuffleboard, lawn chess, basketball, darts, table tennis, pool, and board games.
Work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center and take exercise classes, or indulge at the spa (for an extra fee). And of course, you can lounge on the beautiful beach, relax by any of the pools, soak in a whirlpool, or enjoy tropical cocktails at a bar.
There’s also daily and nightly entertainment including live bands, a piano bar, chocolate buffet nights, beach parties, Reggae Fest, live shows, Caribbean nights, white nights, and more.
Now that you’ve read all about Sandals Negril excursions, what do you think? Are you ready to book your trip? Let us know in the comments! And if this doesn’t sound like the perfect Sandals resort for you, we have full reviews of every Sandals resort as well as articles like the best Sandals for honeymoons, best Sandals for snorkeling, scuba at Sandals, best Sandals for golfing, and an overview of all the Sandals resorts.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.