If you find yourself in Jamaica anytime during the last week of July, then you should feel obligated to visit Negril and spend some time partying on the beach for Dream Weekend. Dream Weekend is a week long Jamaican party with plenty of drinking, partying, music, and dancing. Of course, the best part is that it all takes place on a beautiful Jamaican beach.
Appleton Special Hosts Again.
If you have ever been to Dream Weekend in the past, then you might have seen it sponsored by some different brands. Most notably, it was sponsored by Red Stripe for some time in the past. Last year, Appleton Special took over sponsorship for the Dream Weekend and it turned out to be a great decision. This year they are sponsoring once again and it’s promising to be as memorable as it was in 2015.
Appleton Special will be sponsoring numerous events, more than 200,000 guests, and a surge of money into the economy that has been close to $2 billion during past years. That money is going towards food, alcohol, hotel rooms, clothes, transportation, and other provisions required to have a good time.
Half of those 200,000 people are likely to be tourists with the other half being locals. Thus, even though it is Jamaican festival, there are plenty of other cultures blending together over the course of a week. And what better place than Negril?
Negril: A Place That’s Worth Visiting.
There are a lot of great places to visit in Jamaica, but few of them are as widely known and loved as Negril. Negril is a fairly small beach resort town that is spread thinly over a couple of areas in Jamaica. It is about an hour drive from the airport.
The drive is long enough that every tourist won’t visit it but close enough that those who want to see what it has to offer will make the trip. The end result is a tourist destination that isn’t too crowded, but it’s not barren either.
Negril has been rated as one of the number one beaches in the entire world on multiple occasions. It spans more than four miles long, which is more than enough to host 200,000 patrons. The resorts in the south are mostly smaller hotels while the hotels at the north end are a little more expensive. Keep this in mind when you’re booking your stay.
Though the hotels may be smaller on the south end of the beach, many tourists prefer that area because there are more local shops with plenty of interesting things to offer. The north end has more all-inclusive resorts so the number of exterior shops declines.
Things To Do When You Aren’t At The Festival.
The Appleton Special festival is sure to take up most of your time while you are there. However, when you aren’t dancing or listening to music there are a few other sights and attractions you could visit while at one of the best beaches in the world.
For starters, the West End Road is located just south of the Negril downtown area. Here you can enjoy cliff jumping and diving. If you aren’t the cliff jumping type, then you can slowly walk into the water for some snorkeling nearby.
There are organized tours you can take to help give you a feel for the area if this is your first time visiting Negril. Starting with a tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with the area before you start enjoying the festival. This way you will be able to find your way back to the hotel later at night. Try showing up a day or two early to take advantage of the tour and view a few of the surrounding areas.
Keep The Area In Mind.
There are a few things you should keep in mind before you book your stay for the Appleton Special Dream Weekend. First, the temperature in Negril is usually around 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, but sometimes a lot higher. The evenings, however, tend to drop in temperature. Keep this in mind when packing clothes.
Also, the currency here is the Jamaican dollar. Some shops in Negril will take USD because it is a popular tourist destination, but you should make some monetary conversions to the Jamaican dollar before visiting so you can enjoy different local shops.
Finally, remember to book as far in advance as possible. Tickets are in limited supply and you don’t want to miss your chance to be a part of the 2016 Appleton Special Dream Weekend in Negril.