Jamaica’s Beaches in peril

Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica. Captions and Photo source: ©© Jannes Pockele


For centuries, Negril, a seven-mile stretch of white sand beach on the western tip of Jamaica, was cut off from the rest of the island by bad roads and a large swamp.

Negril beach, Jamaica, remained relatively unknown to the world until the 1960s and 1970s, when U.S. “hippies,” students and Vietnam veterans gravitated towards this laid-back village.

The U.S. travellers arrived in ever-increasing numbers and, towards the end of the 1970s, Negril blossomed as a tourist destination. But with the growing population and improved infrastructure, the natural beauty of Jamaica’s third largest tourism centre has suffered visible deterioration…

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Negril beach, Jamaica. Photo source: ©© Emilio Santacoloma