Introducing Roaring River & Blue Hole
If you’re looking for a brief escape from the fun-in-the sun ethos of Negril, spend an hour or two down the caves at Roaring River Park (cave tours adult/child US$15/8;
As you arrive an official guide will meet you to show the way to the ticket office, and then around the gardens and cave; ignore the touts who congregate outside posing as tour guides. It has secure parking, a reception lounge, changing rooms, playground and crafts shops. A restaurant serves cheap Jamaican fare, as does Chill Out View, on a hill overlooking the burbling spring.
The lane then continues beyond Roaring River for about 1km uphill through the village to Blue Hole Gardens (
This is also a quintessential counterculture lifestyle retreat that offers two very rustic but charming cottages (US$40-80) set in gardens at the edge of the tumbling brook (the ‘waterhouse’ cabin sits over the stream). Bamboo-enclosed toilets and showers are alfresco. Here you can also rent ‘Esau’s Mountain Retreat, ’ which is a separate cabin in the hills with fully equipped kitchen. Camping is US$10.
Also here is Lovers Café (mains US$3-8), which is known for its veggie feast, I-tal dishes, fruit juices and herbal teas.