Now in its 6th year, the popular Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014 party series is scheduled for Emancipation/Independence weekend, August 1 to 6, in Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica.
Partygoers will be treated to an impressive line-up of DJs, artistes and celebrities, with many deejays flying into Jamaica from around the world. This year promises to highlight emerging music trends, such as the electronic dance music (EDM) craze that has grown more popular in Jamaica.
Once again, you have the option to buy a "VIP Season Band" which gives you access to exclusive lounges in each Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014 event, exclusive shuttles to take you to the parties from your hotel, exclusive entrances at each event so you can enter hassle-free, top shelf bar and food, and waitress service.
Shuttle buses are provided for everyone from designated parking lots, hotels and major hubs across the town of Negril, because there is NO PARKING on the strip during the weekend.
Getting to Negril
There are a variety of ways to get to Negril for Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014. If you are flying into Jamaica, the most convenient airport to Negril is Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay. MBJ is the most popular airport for tourists visiting the north coast of Jamaica. It's about 50 miles southwest to Negril with a drive-time of about 2 hours depending on where in Negril you're headed and the weather and road conditions. You will also have to clear customs and immigration before you leave the airport, and this can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours based on how busy they are.
Once you leave the airport, you can take a prearranged hotel transfer/ shuttle, a taxi, shuttle or rental a car. Check out the excellent suggestions at TripAdvisor.com for ways to get from Montego Bay airport to Negril.
You could also land at Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston, but be prepared for a good 5 to 6 hour ride or drive to Negril along the south coast of Jamaica. If the weather is bad or you are a "virgin" Jamaica driver, add on a few more hours!
If you have extra money to burn, you can also fly from Montego Bay, Kingston, Ocho Rios or Port Antonio to the Negril Aerodrome. International AirLink and Timair offer scheduled and charter flights. There are also 3 companies that offer helicopter service on the Island. Check the TripAdvisor.com link above for more details.
Jamaica Dream Weekend 2014 Party Schedule
Day One - Friday, August 1
Beach Rave – The Electronic Dance Music Party - 2:00PM to 9:00PM
Twisted Spiritz – The Ultimate Mixology Event - 10:00PM to 4:00AM
Day Two - Saturday, August 2
Daydreams White Sands – The All White Party - 2:00PM to 9:00PM
YUSH – The 90s Music Party - 10:00PM to 4:00AM, Wavz Beach, Negril (J$4,000 drink inclusive)
Day 3 - Sunday, August 3
Xtreme Wet & Wild – The Water Party - 2:00PM to 8:00PM; Kool Runnings Water Park, Negril (J$6,500 food and drink inclusive)
Beer Vibez – The Dancehall Event - 10:00PM to 4:00AM, Wonderland, Negril (J$3,500 drink inclusive)
Day 4 - Monday, August 4
Smirnoff X.Clusive – The Celebrity Playground - 2:00PM to 9:00PM, Wavz Beach, Negril (J$5,000 food and drink inclusive)
Miami Dream J’ouvert – The Paint & Soca Party All-Inclusive - 10:00PM to 4:00AM, Wonderland, Negril (J$3,500 drink inclusive)
Day 5 - Tuesday, August 5
Dream Live – Ultimate Dream Concert - 7:00PM to 4:00AM, Cayenne Beach, Negril (J$2,500; food and drinks on sale)
Day 6 - Wednesday, August 6
IGLOO Beach Flex & Lyme – The Original Cooler Party - 4:00PM to 2:00AM, Cayenne Beach, Negril (J$2,000; drinks on sale)
How to Get Tickets to Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014
The Dream Team has maintained the same ticket pricing as in 2013, and it's easy to order your tickets to Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014 via the Internet. (Note: a service charge will be added.) NOTE: ONLINE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.
If you are in Jamaica, you can pay for your online ticket order at any Bill Express location island-wide. Simply follow the instructions at the bottom of the Touchstone Ticketing page.
- US$250.00 - Regular Season Band with access to all 10 events, drinks at all events except Dream Live Concert & IGLOO, food included at some events, and free shuttle service* to & from all events
- US$400.00 - VIP Season Band** (while tickets last)
- **VIP Season Package includes:
- Gourmet food & drinks at all events except Dream Live Concert & IGLOO
- Exclusive entrance to all events
- Exclusive shuttle to & from all events*
- Exclusive lounge in all events
**Free shuttle transportation for Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014 is provided for patrons staying on Norman Manley Boulevard (the Hip Strip). Limited shuttle service available on the West End of Negril.
Upgrades from "regular" to "VIP" can be done at the Redemption Centre or at the door to each event, but are subject to availability and the size of the VIP area at each event. Also, tickets are available for each event, individually, at the Redemption Centre in Negril.
Students with ID’s can purchase season tickets to all 10 parties at a discounted cost of J$18,500. The special price is available only while tickets last and may run until June when they will only be available at the regular price.
TICKET OUTLETS IN JAMAICA :
- Kool Runnings Water Park - Negril
- Total Gas Station - Ironshore, Montego Bay
- Heaven's Texaco - Mandeville
- Genus Pharmacy - Portmore
- Ribbiz Acropolis - Kingston
- Dream Entertainment - Unit 30, Winchester Business Complex, Kingston
Must be 18 or older. ID is required for all ticket purchases.
Is there a dress code for Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014?
Each event is different - concert, water party, cooler party, 90s event, mixology, dancehall, rave, all white, etc. Three of the 10 parties have specific dress code themes - Daydreams (all white), Wet n Wild (swim wear), and Smirnoff XClusive (red and white). Otherwise, plan to wear beach or casual attire.
It's easier to come prepared rather than scrambling around Negril looking for something appropriate to wear at the last minute. You can always accessorize or add a little splash of sparkle to dress up your outfit.
And definitely avoid wearing high heels. Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014 parties take place along Negril's 7-mile beach. You will be most comfortable in sandals or whatever you would wear on the beach. Keep your feet happy so that you can enjoy the parties!
Where to Stay in Negril
Many Negril hotels sell out 4 or 5 months in advance of Dream Weekend. If you have not yet booked your reservation, plan to do it soon!
If you are not interested in an all-inclusive resort, be sure to visit our page which lists places to stay in Negril. You will find a great variety of small hotels, guesthouses, bed-and-breakfasts, and even a few villas.
Another option is to search for rooms with TRIVAGO, one of our advertisers. Click the simple search bar below to find out the best prices from all around the Web that may still be available for your trip.
As with any place in the world we travel, it's important to leave valuables at home or, at the very least, store them in the hotel's safe. In Negril, use only authorized taxis and buses or the Dream Weekend Shuttles. Motorcycle taxis (AKA “Bike taxis”) are not recommended. Also, do not leave personal belongings in your car or they may attract criminals. Security personnel and police officers are on duty 24/7, but it helps if you move in groups/couples where possible, paying close attention to your surroundings.
To get more information about Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014, check out these links:
Have a blast!!
If you're interested in the SPF Weekend parties in Ocho Rios going on over Emancipation Day weekend (August 1-4), get more info here.