Jamaica Nightlife Offers Something for Every Traveler
Jamaica's nightlife shows off the rich native culture of the island while reflecting the influences and tastes of its numerous international tourists. This spicy blend of native and international cultures means Jamaica nightlife offers something for every traveler.
Whether you're looking for something quiet and secluded, a more boisterous club oriented toward youth, the hot tourist night scene or a local hangout, you'll surely find the type of nightlife that will make your Jamaican vacation rich with memories for a lifetime.
Music plays an important role in Jamaica nightlife, but that's only to be expected from the country that introduced reggae to the world. The island features many nightclubs, bars, clubs and restaurants that offer different genres of music, including reggae, ska and calypso, all Jamaican favorites.
If you're looking for a club that's situated on a beautiful white sand beach and has a delightful atmosphere, consider Alfred's Ocean Palace, located in Negril.
It showcases live music by local and international musicians and it offers reggae bands three times per week. The restaurant's food is delicious and you'll find an intriguing mixture of people in the bar. If you'd like to spend the night, guest rooms are available.
Negril is also the home of Risky Business. Popular among college students, it draws spring breakers from throughout the world and offers live music performed by some of the region's best reggae musicians on a nightly basis.
Rick's Café is another club known for its nightly reggae. It's a well-known party spot that offers wonderful views of the sunset and adventurous cliff diving for the daring.
You can soak up some live jazz every Saturday night at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant in Port Antonio, but if you prefer island-flavored music, try the Little Pub in Ocho Rios any night of the week. BiBiBips, also in Ocho Rios, serves up live reggae and the occasional rap performance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Jamaica nightlife is also rich with dance clubs. The island attracts visitors from around the world, and it accommodates them by offering dance clubs with an assortment of delicious flavors.
Some feature a native Jamaican feel, others are more American, while still others are more international and high-tech.
Amnesia, located in Ocho Rios, is one of the island's native-flavored dance clubs and attracts a local crowd. The high-tech sound and light systems at nearby Jamaica 'N Me Crazy, located on the same Ocho Rios street, offer a strong contrast. Typically crowded, this club primarily attracts tourists looking for a distinctly international club scene.
Kingston's Mingles, which attracts a young, local crowd, features mainly reggae and ska. It has the reputation of being one of the safest nightspots in all of Jamaica.
If you're looking for somewhere to party hearty, try Negril's Hedonism II. One of the wildest nightspots on Jamaica, it seems to live up to its name and is popular with the island's more uninhibited tourists.
As you can see, Jamaica nightlife is both vibrant and varied. Common sense and good manners can go a long way toward keeping your experiences enjoyable and safe, so feel free to go out and have a great time.
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