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Banks -- The best, most central bank is Scotiabank, Plaza de Negril (tel. 876/957-4236), open Monday and Thursday, 8:30am to 4pm, and Friday 8:30am to 2:30pm. Its ATMs are open 24 hours.

Emergencies -- For emergencies, dial tel. 119. The Negril Police Headquarters (tel. 876/957-4268) lie some 183m (600 ft.) east of the Shell gas station on Sheffield Road. For an ambulance or to report a fire, dial tel. 110.

Internet Access -- The best place to go, outside your hotel, is the Coral Seas Beach Hotel, Norman Manley Boulevard (tel. 876/957-3147), open daily 9am to 10pm. Nonguests are permitted to use the facilities.

Mail -- Include "Jamaica, W.I." in all island addresses. The island has no zip codes.

Medical Services -- For a non-life-threatening emergency, you can go to the Negril Beach Medical Centre, Plaza Negril (tel. 876/957-4888), open daily from 9am to 5pm, or the Negril Health Centre on Sheffield Road (tel. 876/957-4926) between the police station and the Shell gas station. This center is open daily 8:30am to 5pm (until 4pm on Friday).

Pharmacy -- The best outlet is the Negril Pharmacy, shop no. 14 in the Coral Seas Plaza (tel. 876/957-4076), open Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Post Office & Mail -- The Negril Post Office (tel. 876/957-9654) is located on West End Road next to the Craft Market. It is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Expect long lines. Instead of the overcrowded post office, we use the Airpak Express (tel. 876/957-5051) at the Negril Aerodrome, 11km (6 3/4 miles) outside town. UPS packages arrive here, and letters can be mailed internationally.

Safety -- The all-inclusives and the first-class resorts have 24-hour security guards. The lower-rent properties rarely do, and theft -- including night burglary -- is distressingly commonplace in these places. Try to secure your room at night, and don't leave windows open no matter how tempting cooling trade winds are.

Tourists are rarely robbed at gunpoint, but muggings and pickpocketing are occasionally reported. Guard your valuables, and take all the usual precautions while traveling in Negril. Be extremely careful, especially at night, about opening your door to strangers -- even those who claim to be members of the hotel staff.

Also be careful of the drivers who race around Negril in battered cars. Some Jamaican males think they are "king of the road," and it is a fool who doesn't get out of their way. Regrettably, the same sense of machismo also afflicts some of the town's cabbies. You may need to warn your driver that you prefer to take a few minutes longer on your ride.

Travel Agents -- If you need to make travel arrangements once you've landed here, the most reliable agency is Caribic Vacations, Norman Manley Boulevard (tel. 876/957-3309).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.