We go every year the first week of July. It is wonderful. Dunn's River is clear on the other side of the island. It would be an all day trip from CN. Believe me, you won't want to leave CN. The weather and water are perfect. We have a great 4th of July party all day that day. See you there.
Mariann and Jimmy
We stayed at CN 3 years ago and I did use the golf course. Negril Hills is a very nice course, hilly with some challenging tee shots. I played in the morning (around 10am) and by the 9th it was really hot and not much shade.
I was on my own and would have liked to have been paired up or joined athers to make a 4 ball, this wasn't an option so I played on my own with a (compulsory) caddie.
I hired a set of clubs but took my own shoes, balls, tees, glove and marker. The hire of the clubs wasn't expensive but I don't recall how much I paid for that + the caddie.
My suggestion would be to play early and talk to the front desk to see if any other single players are going.
The temperature at that time is usually in the 80's.Listen, it is hotter in Alabama than Jamaica at that time. You have a nice ocean breeze and there are plenty of trees to sit under at the beach. What I really love about it is that you can LIVE in the warm, calm Bloody Bay waters all day long. Can't wait!
If you stay at CN and want to see falls, go to YS Falls. If you pair it up with Balck River Safari & Appleton tour or Black River & Floyd's Pelican Bar, or any other combo of the four, you can usually make an awesome excursion day out of $95-$100, not including any money you spend during the excursion. In three trips to CN (24 nights), we've taken two excursions not included with our stay, and they were awesome. If you feel like going on one, do it. We've done the Zipline Canopy Tour and the Black River/YS Falls/Appleton Rum Tour and they were both well worth it. Enjoy!