We just got back from a one-week stay at the Firefly, staying in one of the little rustic cabins there. The staff is very friendly and efficient, Firefly is centrally located on the 7-Mile Beach giving you plenty of opportunities to walk north and south from here.
This place is "clothing optional" only at the beach/sea itself, the jacuzzi, and the patio of your cabin. Everywhere else here, even going up to the adjacent beach bar, you must cover up; women even have to put their tops on for this. This was probably the biggest disappointment of this place.
Speaking of the jacuzzi; the first night there the water was much too hot for us...must've been at least 105! If you'll let the office know by 5 PM you'd like to use the jacuzzi that night, be sure to ask that it's cooled down. For us, 99-100 is just right. They'll turn the heater off and/or add cool water as necessary for that.
Through no fault of Firefly, the restaurant/bar next door played loud music at night, so bring some earplugs to help you sleep.
There are a lot of beach vendors, but a simple "no" and walking away took care of most of them. I don't think it's as bad as some here may make it out to be. Some of them actually sell great products, the "fruit lady" with her fresh coconuts, mangos, and plantains is one. Another guy sells bakery products from his bicycle at very reasonable prices. Precooked lobster was 3 for $200J.
On the beach, unlike many other places there are several large trees here that will give you the necessary shade and coolness to lay on the lounge chair and just people-watch, read, or relax for hours, so we get out there early to claim our spot (leave a blanket on the chairs to "hold" it through the day.) Don't miss the Caribbean sunset from this point, either.
Bring plenty of sunblock AND insect repellent; we got bit mostly by the sand fleas that come out in the evening. Spray yourself good at your feet and lower legs!
There is actually a pretty nice outdoor mall, Time Square, about 1/2 mile south of here, with a bar/snack bar in the middle of it.
Downtown Negril is a half-hour walk south either on the highway (a bit unnerving at times due to the traffic) or down the beach (the last half gets a little tough due to the soft sand), or you can take a "route taxi" for $100J per person each way. Be sure it's a "route" taxi (not the regular taxi), AND agree on the price BEFORE you even get in!
Two places north of here is a pizza place with really good pizzas for under $200J for the two of us; we ate there two times. Margaritaville is about 6 places north; we went there for our last dinner in Jamaica.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Top class suites, penthouses and studios in the best part of Negril Beach. The gardens are beautiful year round. Our wonderful guests are beach lovers who also enjoy the ambiance, the serenity, the casual yet efficient feeling, the weekly beach party and the beachfront rooms which are surprisingly rare on Negril beach. ALL units have kitchens and verandas. Gym, WiFi and Jacuzzi are here. All our romantic rooms have kitchens or kitchenettes allowing greater choice of dining and drinks than mere hotel rooms. Our beach bar/cafe, with Maxine in charge, is well-known for the luscious pancakes and other breakfast items and day-long snacks along with the coldest beer served with the warmest smiles to our guests and other visitors on the beach.Our guests come from many countries, at times they are from as many as nine countries represented at our free weekly beach parties. What they return for is the casual, friendly atmosphere, no-one knows whether you're rich or poor, no-one wears a Rolex, and you go to the beachfront in your bikini or swimsuit - no need for any other cover unless you wish.We have watchmen and security cameras at night just to make sure you're OK.There are many cafes, restaurants and bars within easy walking distance on the beach and all water-sports are close by. Reggae concerts (Bourbon Beach, Roots Bamboo) are 10 to 15 minutes walk away on the beach and Kool Runnings Water Park is 2 miles away across the road.Shopping for gifts and souvenirs is available at Time Square one mile away and supermarkets are 2 miles away, in town. Also each year our team wins in the Negril Marathon/half/10k early December. This year in the full Marathon we had the 2nd overall and the first in the over 80 age group (Roy Thomas from Kingston who runs the Marathon here every year). We also had other section winners. Join our team in '13. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Firefly Beach Cottages Hotel Negril
- Firefly Beach Hotel
- Firefly Beach Resort