Imagine the glittering wings of butterflies and dragonflies, in a rush of colours against deep green leaves. Birds sing in soprano, supported by the baritone of toads and frogs as mongooses set out for their meals. Untouched, unharmed nature at its calmest awaits you at the Royal Palm Reserve, a wildlife conservation effort by the Negril Area Environmental Protection Trust.
The reserve, set up in the 1980’s, is one of the largest of its kind in this region. It strives to conserve, protect and raise awareness of the wealth of natural wildlife that makes the area its home, as well as to study them. Though the reserve is officially shut, visitors are still encouraged to explore the area, take in the scenery and build a deeper relationship with nature. The 300 acre area is home to many kinds of animals, birds and trees indigenous to these Wetlands, with a boardwalk that travels through the forest and contains a 4 story observation tower, which will treat you to some gorgeous views of the surrounding area.
- As you travel around the preserve, you’ll wind through Royal Palms, anchovy pear and different shrubs, each with vines around them like decorative jewellery. You’ll have company with the pond turtles and perhaps even a Jamaican crocodile!
- Carry a pair of binoculars so that you can watch the exotic birds that will dot the trees, perhaps even an endangered West Indian whistling duck.
- If you’re an angler, you’ll be glad to know that this is also home to good fishing spots.
- Even though the reserve is currently closed, you’ll be able to find a guide who’ll take you safely through the forest.
You’ll be astonished to see the other side of Negril, away from hedonist delights. Peaceful, completely natural and fascinating for nature lovers, the Royal Palm Preserve provides a portal into pure, pristine Mother Earth.
Royal Palm Reserve Travel Tips
- Take good walking shoes.
- The last two kilometers of the route will be a dirt road, but you’ll be able to travel through it.
- Remember to take binoculars and/or your fishing line.
Entrance Ticket Details For Royal Palm Reserve
- Adult: JA $ 300 and Child: JA$ 150
How to Reach Royal Palm Reserve
- Red taxis are the most convenient modes of transport in Negril.
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- Swordfish Restaurant & Bar: Caribbean
- Collette’s Bar: Jamaican
- Sips & Bites: American, Caribbean, Jamaican
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49.34% of people who visit Negril include Royal Palm Reserve in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
41.18% of people start their Royal Palm Reserve visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Royal Palm Reserve
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Royal Palm Reserve