This spot is known for its spectacular cliff-diving opportunities and glorious sunsets. Walk around this location and at any ... More
This spot is known for its spectacular cliff-diving opportunities and glorious sunsets. Walk around this location and at any given moment you might see novices or experts plunging into the waters below. After your own death-defying jump, enjoy a cold Red Stripe beer and some jerk chicken. The bar menu consists of traditional sandwiches and burgers. At night try a hefty steak or seafood platter. The fruit daiquiris here are said to be the best around. Rick's is a tourist landmark where people come for the ambiance.
Going to Negril had to include a stop at Ricks Cafe. Pleasanat people, nice facility, great views of the grotto...worth the stop. But, be damned careful for being a showoff or being brave about the cliff jumping. It is serious business. And Ricks is not prepared to handle an emergency. I jumped from 35' and landed hard on my ass, both butt cheeks and thighs are heavily bruised, my tailbone cannot be sat upon and I have muscle spasms in my lower back. Now, I made the decision to jump...not Ricks. So therefore, I warn you ahead of time that it can be a bad, painful, and even dangerous decision to jump. Jumpers beware!
i went to ricks cafe & did the jump 5yrs ago, i listened to the instructor & went in like a pencil, i suffered minor bruising but that was all , having said that i wouldnt do it again after reading the comments
I had a blast at Ricks. Definately a must see. It was beautiful and I thought the food was really good! I had the steamed snapper and shrimp. Be careful because when you make a purchase at the bar you get Jamaican money back. I decided to jump and I was actually wondering if I could get some advice. I jumped about a week ago and landed in the sitting position. My upper body came forward with a good bit of force and I now have pain in the area of my sternum, as many of you spoke of. I am trying to decide whether to visit a doctor and see if there's any damage. After my jump I acutally found the workers to be very nice. The bartendar gave me a free Corona and a bag of ice for my legs. I would recommend Ricks for sure but be careful of the jumping. It's alot harder to keep your body straight than it seems if you've never jumped before.
yes, i did make the jump at rick's cafe cliffs for my 50th birthday. in fact, i did it twice. i'm a female breast cancer survivor, double mastectomy with full reconstruction, and a hysterectomy last year as well. i did not jump the highest cliff, as i knew my body was too fragile for that, but they do have lower cliffs to jump, that are equally as fun, and much safer. i jumped toes pointed, and arms to my side. no injuries, just a great rush and a huge sense of self esteem. i had no alcohol, or anything else. i watched others do it, and took the plunge. if you are going to jump, remember that there are lower cliffs. have fun with those if you have any doubts, and have never jumped a cliff. (i do have cliff jumping experience, but that was over 25 years ago) only a fool would jump the big cliff with no experience, or if they were drunk or high. the lower cliffs are a blast, and much safer. give them a try. i'm glad i did.
How is that possible...especially with your legs angled slightly a few degress from vertical? Your tailbone is your butt and sternum is in the front of your chest. Considering the main impact is the first part of the body that hits, I'm having a hard time imagining the position you were in to simultaneously land butt and chest first into the water?
The feeling that I got when my feet leave the ledge and all that supported me is 33ft of caribbean breeze overlying some of the most beautiful water on the globe is an experience that was worth the risk for me. The scariest part is realizing that there is no reversing the decision to jump and it's quite amazing how many thoughts can transpire in that first half second. The rest of the couple seconds is pure fright wondering what the water will feel like below. Once I hit the water and before I could make it to the surface, every dopamine receptor in my cns was screaming for another lunge! The ambience of the surrounding rocks was surreal.
I would not let my wife jump though - obviously dangerous. Gotta make sure you hit straight - don't tense up. Don't jump and drink either unless you're a complete retard. And of course it's extremely dangerous so don't be surprised if it ruins your vacation or life.
The food and drinks were great. We had shrimp linguini ($19), Caribbean martini ($7), a Jamaica Me Crazy (6) and some beers. Get to the west end of ricks well before sunset (45 mins to an hour) as that end fills up quickly.
The Jamaicans have one thing on their minds - tourists' money and don't give one damn about you - had figured that much early on in the honeymoon. Tip them anyway lest they have to get a real job.
Oh, the live music was great - had to be back at taxi about 20 minutes after sunset though.
Back in the early eighties I went to Negril for two weeks and ended up staying for seven. Needless to say my financial situation was tenuous at best.
We fed ourself by either being defacto tour guides or getting up early and helping with the local fishermen using nets and dugout canoes. If you fished you were guaranteed two meals, nothing fancy. It was what the locals ate, usually very good,
fish, yams, dumplings, etc.
For drinking money we would go to Ricks and wait for it to get crowded. Then we would stand on the highest cliff and wait until everyone would watch, get their cameras out etc. Then we would send our Jamaican partner to go around with a hat for contributions.
When we got enough we would jump usually several times. It never failed and we did quite well token wise, Do they still use them?
I actually preferred diving off rather than jumping.
The only problem was you were limited to three maybe four dives at a time. It was like being smacked in the head with a board. Probably had a few slight concussions (ha ha)
We probably did this three or four times a week and
we never had any major injuries. I feel bad for those who have hurt themselves diving. I always liked Ricks and would recommend it to anyone.
We first went to Rick's Cafe on the Tuesday. We took a motor boat out in the day before it opened and swam up to the cliff.I jumped the 'baby jump' with no problems and as we'd gone specifically to jump the big cliff, i started climbing to the top. Once at the top my nerves obviously kicked in. There are signs everywhere saying the dangers and words like 'paralysed' kept jumping out at me.
My friends jumped and left at the top by myself. I decided to fling myself off and started off fine-legs straight and arms at side. The wind got under me though and i started to appartenly turn into what looked like a sitting position but tilted so i landed on my lower back and my upper thighs. I honestly thought that was it...the pain was awful and i was unable to move. The young 'lifeguards' dragged to to my boat and i was taken back to the hotel.
I was bed ridden for 2 days unable to move my back and I had badly winded myself from the fall so my breathing was not back to normal for around 10 hours!!
I'm back home now and still, 2 weeks on, my back is in a bad way and i have bruising on my upper thighs and internal bruising around my diaphram!
Seriously, the atmosphere is great there as we went back during opening hours but not worth the risk of jumping!
I had the opportunity to visit beautiful Rick's cafe last summer. My friends and I decided to brave the cliff jump. After much glaring from the "life guard" (tip-hunter) and cheering from my friends I took the step. The "life guard" instructed me to keep my legs together and arms out to my side. He told me to bring my arms to my body just before I hit the water. However, I brought my arms in just AS I hit the water and felt a sharp pain in my arm.
An x-ray the following day confirmed a broken wrist-in three places. My friends fared better, one had a bloody nose and mouth, and my other had a ripped swimming suit strap. All from the force of hitting the water.
To start, I am NOT blaming Rick's cafe for my injury, I was one who made the choice to jump. HOWEVER, I am surprised that there was no sign indicating the high level risk involved. I had no clue how common broken bones and deaths are at these cliffs. The doctor who treated me in Negril told me numerous horror stories, including broken spines, dislocated arms/legs, eye injuries, and others that are not lady-like to discuss in public.
I can't resist mentioning the attitude of the servers and employees at the cafe. Immediately following my injury, a server appeared and apologized for my injuy, but we needed to get up immediately because the seats were only for those who reserved them-however it was early and no one was even there yet. Later, when we sat down for dinner, the waiter asked me to take my arm off the table because the melting ice was causing the tablecloth to get wet-what? Its a tablecloth.
I hope that anyone reading this will take my story (and other more frightening ones) into consideration before jumping.
However, do enjoy the beautiful view-it was the best I saw on my vacation!
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