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10 Reasons to Choose Beaches Negril for Your Next Family Vacation

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The array of relaxing and fun things to do at Beaches Negril Resort is almost overwhelming. Where do I even begin…the waterpark with lazy river and waterslides…the powdery beach and calm Caribbean waves…the Sesame Street character bedtime tuck-ins…the parades? Oh, I’ll just cover it all! Here is a review of the Beaches Negril all-inclusive family resort.

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10 Reasons to Choose Beaches Negril for Your Family Vacation

1. Lasting Memories

Ever since my 7-year-old daughter and I returned from Beaches Negril, Karissa has been asking when we can return to this family-friendly paradise with her daddy and little brother. Beaches Negril, is one of two all-inclusive Beaches resorts located in Jamaica. There’s another Beaches resort located on Turks and Caicos.

Just a portion of the Beaches Negril waterpark

Beaches Negril waterpark is reason enough to book your visit to this family resort (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Oh what a welcome!

After a long journey from San Diego that involved a red-eye flight, a several-hour layover, and a bus ride to the resort—Karissa and I were greeted with glasses of tropical juice served from a silver tray at check-in at Beaches Negril. The gleeful beat of an approaching Junkanoo parade lured us to the front of the resort. There we found dancers, stilt-walkers, and Sesame Street characters marching to reggae rhythms. This sure perked up our jet-lagged bodies and set the tone for our vacation.

Scooped up by a stilt-walker in the Sesame Street Parade at Beaches Negril

Scooped up by a stilt-walker in the Sesame Street Parade (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

We onlookers followed the parade to the center of the resort. The fun continued with a local youth marching band jamming out in the sand. Child guests joined Cookie Monster, Zoe, Grover and other familiar friendly monsters in a dance fest on a small stage.

Energetic marching band at Beaches Negril

This energetic marching band helped us overcome any jet lag (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. All-inclusive dining options

Afterwards, Karissa and I dined at StewFish, a Jamaican-themed restaurant, with our toes in the sand. We watched the sun set over the ocean just steps away. Other resort restaurants include the Venetian with Italian cuisine, Arizona’s serving Tex-Mex, BBQ Park poolside quick fare, Dino’s Pizzeria, and Kimono’s teppanyaki. The Mill offers a buffet of options to please all members of the family. The only restaurant that accepts reservations is Kimono’s, which books up quickly.

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For an extra fee, you can sign up for a character meal with some up-close time and photo opps with the Sesame Street gang. The food is not the star at this resort but we always found something pleasant to eat. I especially enjoyed the Jamaican dishes. Leave your hurried and harried self at home; service here is done on island time. What do you have to rush off to anyway?

Kid-sized tables amidst bigger tables at the Mill Restaurant at Beaches Negril

Kid-sized tables amidst bigger tables at the Mill Restaurant (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Bottomless beverages

A memorable aspect of our stay were the bottomless smoothie stations. Swimmers can belly up to the swim-up pool bars to select a tropical drink from the cartoon-bedecked boards. Choose from tempting concoctions like Pink Boots, Chocolate Monkey, and Superman. There was just something so indulgent and fun about quenching our thirst with these exotic beverages whenever we wished at no extra charge. Grown-up drinks are available as well but everything is served sans alcohol unless you request it.

Tempting tropical drinkies for all ages at the swim-up pool bar at Beaches Negril

Tempting tropical drinkies for all ages at the swim-up pool bar (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5. Water play

One of my favorite things in all the world is a fabulous hotel pool. If you are like me, Beaches Negril will tickle your pool-loving soul. There’s a lazy river, a toddler splash area, two large and winding waterslides, a huge whirlpool, and three pools.

Waterslides at Beaches Negril

Waterslides at Beaches Negril (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The on-site waterpark was so fabulous, in fact, that I had to beg Karissa to take a break from the pools so we could spend a bit of time in the ocean. There’s soft sand and mellow kid-friendly waves along this seven-mile beach—you know, your typical slice of paradise.

Playing on the Beaches Negril's seven-mile beach

Playing on the Beaches Negril’s seven-mile beach (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

6. Kids club

Although most hotel kids club participants must be at least 4 or 5 years old, even newborns can attend the Beaches’ kids camp. There are separate programs for babies, toddlers, pre-teens and teenagers. These are all included in the price of your room. An after-hours camp is available after 9 pm at an additional charge.

A bedtime character story and tuck-in with Abby Caddabby at Beaches Negril

A bedtime character story and tuck-in with Abby Caddabby (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

7. Character bedtime tuck-in

The absolute highlight of the trip was a Sesame Street character bedtime tuck-in for my daughter. Although at home my first-grader was a bit “too cool for school” about the Sesame Street resort theme, she warmed to Elmo and the gang the minute we arrived. There was no begging Karissa to get ready for bed the night of her scheduled character tuck-in. The minute we got back to our room she was in her pjs with teeth brushed and waiting under the covers for her special guest. Abby Cadabby and a friend arrived at a set time to read a story. Then they posed for pictures, sang her a lullaby, and presented Karissa with a plush Abby Cadabby doll to take home.

Red Spa Lane at Beaches Negril

Red Spa Lane at Beaches Negril (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

8. Adult activities

It’s not all just about the kids, either. Adults can relax with a facial, massage or body treatment at the Red Lane Spa. There’s also scuba-diving for both beginner and experienced divers. For late night fun, head to the on-site nightclub to dance till the wee hours of the morning. For an additional fee, book a catamaran sailing for date night or for the whole family.

Catamaran at Beaches Negril

Catamaran at Beaches Negril (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

9. All inclusive

Beaches is a luxury vacation option but you can often take advantage of special discounts offered through their website. There is something reassuring about knowing just how much your vacation will cost when you book. This is partially why my husband and I booked our honeymoon years ago at a Sandals resort, the couples-only cousin of the Beaches brand.

What’s included at Beaches Negril? Food, beverages (including alcohol), water sports (like kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing and even scuba-diving), land activities (such as miniature golf, a playground, tennis, and beach volley ball), as well as kids camp participation.

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My daughter and me enjoying island time at Beaches Negril (Photo by Beaches Negril)

10. Island time

The best part of our trip was spending time—island time—as just my daughter and me. Looking back at these pictures, I am so thankful for the time we were able to spend together swimming, sipping smoothies, and splashing in waves. Maybe I should take her advice and book another Beaches vacation for the whole family!

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Have you ever stayed at a Beaches or Sandals resort? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: My daughter and I were hosted by Beaches Negril. All opinions are mine, as always. This story originally posted in 2012 and was updated in 2017.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. I’m jealous! And that picture of you two is awesome!

  2. As if the rest of the resort didn’t look great enough, I’m seriously considering booking a stay here just so I can try all 10 of those smoothie drinks. Well, I might be a little too macho to actually order the “Fairy Princess”, but I’ll steal a sip of my daughter’s when she’s not looking.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says


      Seriously. My daughter I loved all of those smoothie drinks! Her favorite was the Superman, whereas I was a Chocolate Monkey fan. The grown-up strawberry daiquiri was pretty tasty too!

  3. Wow those photo’s are so great! You look like you had such a great time!

  4. billy walker says

    Loved your post. I’ve been hearing from a lot of longtime visitors, people who have been to Negril 40 and 50 times that the vibe is changing and Negril has many more problems than in years past. Was curious what your thoughts are?

  5. Wondering if I should take my 1 year old or wait till she’s 2 or 3 we have a 6 year old too

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Chris – Since there are so many activities for babies and children of all ages at Beaches Negril – I don’t think you can go wrong either way. Beaches is one of the rare places where you can vacation with a baby or toddler and really relax so I’m inclined to advise you to go earlier rather than later. Your 6-year-old will still be young enough to get a big kick out of all of the Sesame Street fun too.

  6. Ellen Lanin says

    To get a Sesame Street experience kids should be seven or younger, since that is the appeal of the TV show.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Yes, I am sort of bummed out I never took the kids to the Sesame Street amusement park when my kids were young enough to appreciate it!

  7. Rita Marion says

    I have read reviews about the mosquito sprayer machine making a lot of noise every day, 4:30 a.m., waking up visitors and the smell coming into the rooms. Has this been changed.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Hi Rita – I did not notice this at all when at Beaches Negril. I don’t think it’s something you have to worry about.

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