A True Jamaican Experience

Huge cotton tree in the distance, blown up below.          These trees are hundreds of years old.

Scenery Pictures 

The cotton tree in the distance in the picture           above, blown up on my zoom lens.

This artist captures emotions and expressions.

Scenery shot on the road, in the hills.

    Tropical Breeze Villa, Dumpling lane. Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica W.I.
       Karen Hill Can cell 647 383 9232    Jamaica Land line 876 957 3780

                  karen@tropicalbreeze.ca        www.tropicalbreeze.ca

          

Location / Driving Directions :


We are located in a private lane, known to locals as Dumpling Lane. When coming into Negril from the airport, you will be travelling on the coastal road. Follow the beach road all the way into town but STAY LEFT, DO NOT ENTER THE ROUNDABOUT. Approximately 300 yards on the right hand side you will see two plazas with a lane in between ( the FIRST lane you come to after staying left) Turn up the lane by OMG Ice Cream, pass by the market and the dumpling shop on the right hand side. Follow the lane around a small bend and Tropical Breeze Villa is on the left hand side. We have a white iron gate at the base of the property with a sign for Tropical Breeze in the tree by the gate. 



Paintings in the museum, incredibly talented artist.

​Frequently Asked Questions: 

The museum is located at the same place as the        rock carvings seen on this page.

​​​​​​​How far is the beach? Access to beach, bars/restaurants?
       Tropical Breeze is a ten minute walk from the villa to the start of the seven mile stretch of beach Negril is famous for. You will access the beach from just beside the local craft market. There are several bars and restaurants on the beach which are open to the public. Most of them offer use of their beach chairs and facilities with the purchase of a beverage from the bar.
How far to local amenities? (ie. bank, grocery store, cambio, shopping, etc)
       You will take the same route as if going to the beach however you simply stay on the left side of the road and you will encounter Scotia Bank, a cambio and grocery store all within a ten minute walk of the villa. Another five minutes from there and you will pass the Post Office and Hi – Lo (the grocery store which carries most imported foods). There are also several shopping places along this route which sell everything from duty free products to t-shirts and local crafts. As well there is a large selection of restaurants within a ten minute walk of the villa.
Overnight visitors (non-registered guests): Overnight guests will be screened by on site personnel and a fee of $25.00 pp per night per non registered guest will apply.
What language is spoke in Jamaica? : Jamaica’s official language is English, although Patois is the dialect most Jamaicans use on a day to day basis among themselves, or with long time visitors.
What time zone is Jamaica in? :  Jamaica falls under Eastern Standard Time.
What are the average temperatures day and night? : Temperatures remain fairly constant year round on the West Coast. Mid to high 80′s up into the low 90′s by day, nights drop down into the mid to low 70′s most months. December through February may drop a little bit more, prompting some people to feel a need for a light wrap if outdoors. Humidity is highest August-October.
How often does is rain? : Jamaica is in the tropics, so rain can be a frequent visitor to the island. You may encounter some days when rain does not occur, but for the most part, expect it and enjoy it! Tropical rainstorms are most often intense, brief (only and hour or two long) and can bring a cooling relief from the humidity. Often referred to as “liquid sunshine” the rains are what keep the island so lush and green
Currency/USD: Jamaican currency is called the Jamaican dollar, or “J” for short. It comes most often in bills (1000J-500J-100J-50J-20J-10J) although there are also some coins. Just about everyone will accept US dollars in place of Jamaican currency. The problem may be in getting change. Not all businesses, especially the smaller ones, will have enough change in US currency, and will need to give you Jamaican dollars instead. There should be no problem with this – just be sure to check and see what the current conversion rate is, and whether or not the shop will give you the same rate, or close to it. Traveller’s checks can be cashed in any bank or cambio; there most likely will be a small fee to do so. Large hotels and tourists restaurants will often accept credit cards (Mastercard and Visa), and some banks have ATM machines, although the money given will be in Jamaican dollars.
What is the current conversion rate : The currency fluctuates minimally on a month to month basis, although it seems that recent years have found the Jamaican dollar falling steadily, and the US dollar going farther. Check the following site (or one of your favorites) for the current conversion rate at the time of your departure: http://www.xe.net/ucc
Where can I change money? : Banks (open Monday-Friday) and Cambios (open Monday -Sat and sometimes Sunday) will give the best rate of exchange, but the hotels will also change money for you, although the rate of conversion is often lower.
Is it safe to drink the water in Negril? : Jamaica’s water is perfectly safe to drink, no need for boiling, but bottled water is also sold at the tourist grocery store in town (Hi-Lo Grocery Store) for those that prefer it.
What are the typical Jamaican foods? : Breakfast usually consists of ackee and saltfish (often compared to scrambled eggs with shredded salted cod), accompanied by boiled green bananas, fried or boiled dumplings, and Johnny cake (a fried sweetened bread). You may also encounter cornmeal porridge, and of course, a variety of local fruits in season. Blue Mountain coffee is available, and is considered by many to be one of the world’s finest coffees. Lunches and dinners will just about always have chicken or fish on the menu, or stewed beef, curried goat, and soup. Side dishes may include calaloo (similar to spinach) or cabbage, and “rice and peas” (rice and red beans cooked in coconut milk).
What tourist attractions does Negril offer? : The main attraction is the 7-mile white sand beach and the translucent waters. Day and night, there is always something to do on the beach or at any one of the many beach bars and open air cafes. Moving down to the West End, the beach gives way to limestone cliffs and more places to investigate. A popular activity in this area is cliff jumping from places such as Rick’s Cafe. Sunset watching is popular in this area too – as Negril is the most western part of the island, the sunsets are unobstructed and often quite stunning.
  The Negril Point Lighthouse, built in 1894, marks the farthest western point, stands over 100 feet high, there will always be someone on the premises who, for a small fee, will let you climb to the top, or take you on a tour of the grounds. Day trips can easily be arranged to Roaring River and cave, Mayfield Falls, the Appleton Rum Estate, Black River Safari, Lover’s Leap, Treasure Beach, Y.S. Falls, and more.
What is the crime level like in Jamaica? : Jamaica’s violent image is vastly exaggerated. Much of the trouble one may hear about is restricted to areas within the city of Kingston, or in areas that tourists will never see. Ninety-nine percent of the island’s visitors will never experience a moment of crime, or violence. Blue-uniformed tourist police walk the beaches and roads in Negril should you ever have a complaint. You are on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your brain at home – take the same precautions you would in any foreign city. Don’t flaunt your money, don’t walk alone in dark areas at night, don’t drink and smoke and party until you are no longer aware of who you are or where you are, and you should be fine!
Are drugs legal? : Ganja (marijuana) is illegal to possess, use or export and tourists are just as able to be prosecuted as Jamaicans are. If you are going to smoke, be discrete, and do NOT travel with it if you move around on the island. Life is too short to experience an anxiety attack in one of the many routine roadblocks that appear on the Jamaican roads.
Cocaine is another drug of choice for many young tourists, but it too is
illegal – the same rules for ganja apply to this drug too. If not one to
indulge in drugs, simply say “No thank you” when approached and keep walking.
What electricity is used in Jamaica? : The island uses 110 volts, although a few hotels also having 220 volts. Take your own adaptor if you are not sure of what you will need or encounter.