Beaches in Jamaica

The gorgeous beaches found in Jamaica are legendary

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The beaches of Jamaica are so beautiful that even locals can't get enough of them. Whether you prefer lying on the sand soaking up the sun, or crashing through the waves, the perfect beach is just waiting for you to find it.

Kingston Area

Beaches Map

Just off the coast of Port Royal is Lime Cay, a small island perfect for both sun bathing and water sports. There is no formal form of transportation to and from the island, so your best bet is to head to Port Royal and hire a local fisherman to transport you.

Ocho Rios

Two of the most popular beaches in Jamaica are Turtle Beach and Mallards Beach. Both are tourist-oriented spots with plenty of food, fun activities, and fellow visitors. Several hotels are located along both of the beaches, so if you are looking for a place to stay on the water, these might be good locations to search for accommodations.

Additionally, travelers should be sure to check out the famous James Bond Beach, which is home to the Golden Eye Hotel. The hotel was the former residence of James Bond writer Ian Fleming. The waterfront is owned by the hotel, and for a small fee of $3(USD), non-guests can enjoy the sand and surf of this famous locale. Rentals for water sports equipment are available, which make for a perfect trip for those James Bond fans who dream of their own exciting ride at the site where the movie Dr. No was filmed.

Don't forget to visit Dunn's River Beach, located under the famous Dunn's River Falls, where the Dunn's River meets the Caribbean Sea in amazing, visual splendor. Visitors can climb the falls, swim in small whirlpools or just admire the natural beauty from the beach not far down from the waterfall.

Negril

Seven Mile Beach, famous for being a favorite hot spot of the 1960's hippie movement, is home to a care-free, laid-back environment that includes nude bathing. Although it was once an idyllic retreat into natural Jamaica, now this area is more of a tourist attraction than a hippie retreat. If you are visiting this beach, expect to see many sun worshipers wearing nothing but their birthday suits. Many of the resorts also host nude beaches as well as bars, hot tubs and swimming pools.

Montego Bay

For the more clothing-conscious, or for visitors with children, Montego Bay offers several appropriate retreats. Cornwall Beach is lively and happening, offering a variety of concessions and water-sport activities. Another a great place to visit is Walter Fletcher Beach, which offers exceptional bathing and swimming opportunities that may not be found elsewhere. Because of it's calmer waters, this beach is recommended for visitors with children.

MoBay's most famous bathing spot, Doctor's Cave Beach, was founded in 1906 when a group of doctors banded together to bathe here. At the time, access to the small cave was limited, and it was later destroyed by a 1932 hurricane. Although the cave is no longer there, the popularity of the bathing spot lived on, especially when Sir Herbert Bake claimed in 1920 that the waters in this location had curative powers. The crystal clear water, almost always between 78 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit, is fed by mineral springs. Admission costs approximately $5(USD), and there are plenty of changing areas, showers, and dining options.

Port Antonio

Boston Bay Beach, an easily missed but beautiful bathing area is perfect for small fishing trips and surfing. Snack stands around the beach serve delicious jerk pork, a tradition in Jamaica. Formerly owned by author Roger Moore (The Happy Hooker and The Greek Berets), he donated this small beach to the Jamaican government.

Frenchman's Bay is said to be among the most beautiful beaches in the world. For the small charge of $3(USD), visitors can sunbathe, swim, body surf, or simply relax in the shaded parts of this gorgeous Jamaican treasure.

Blue Lagoon is famous for hosting Brooke Shields in the movie Blue Lagoon. The deep water is a gorgeous shade of cobalt blue and is excellent for swimming and enjoying the environment.

The Area's Beaches

You'll discover an abundance of beaches to choose from on the island. Regardless of whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you can find what you want. Just click on the beach names for detailed information about that particular stretch of sand.

Doctor's Cave Beach

Cornwall Beach: Visit Cornwall beach any day of the week between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

A second place worth considering is Winnifred Beach. This thin and picturesque beach is in a cove, surrounded by trees and brush. Its a perfect spot for a warm swim or a casual snorkeling exploration.

Dunn's River Beach: Dunn's River Beach is located below the famous Dunn's River waterfalls where the river meets the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. The sight of the falls meeting the salty sea is spectacular, and vacationers can even climb the falls and swim in its little whirlpools, or just take in the breath-taking view from the top of the falls.

The beaches on Jamaica can be seen down below.

Beaches On Jamaica
Name Location Coast
Alligator Pond 3.1 mi. Southeast of Central Junction South West
Annotto Bay 0.5 mi. West of Central Annotto Bay East
Auchindown Beach 0.3 mi. South West of Central Auchindown West
Belmont Beach 0.2 mi. South West of Central Belmont West
Belvedere Beach 0.7 mi. West of Central Montego Bay North West
Bengal Beach 3.7 mi. West of Central Discovery Bay North West
Billy Bay 1.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Treasure Beach South West
Bloody Bay 2.9 mi. South West of Central Orange Bay West
Blue Lagoon 0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Port Antonio East
Bluefields Beach 1.8 mi. North of Central Belmont West
Boston Bay Beach 0.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Fairy Hill East
Brooks Pen Beach 1.6 mi. South West of Central Harbour View East
Bucaneer Beach Montego Bay, Northwestern part of Jamaica North West
Buff Bay Buff Bay, Eastern part of Jamaica East
Bulls Bay Beach 0.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Bull's Bay West
Bulls Bay North 2.4 mi. West of Central Haughton Gardens West
Burwood Beach 0.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central White Bay North West
Cable Hut Beach 3.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Harbour View East
Cornwall Beach Montego Bay, Northwestern part of Jamaica North West
Cousin's Cove 1.3 mi. North of Central Green Island West
Crab Pond Bay 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Whitehouse West
Crane Beach 2.9 mi. Southeast of Central Black River West
Crusoe's Beach Port Antonio, Eastern part of Jamaica East
Dead End Beach Montego Bay, Northwestern part of Jamaica North West
Doctor's Cave Beach Montego Bay, Northwestern part of Jamaica North West
Dump-Up Beach and Events Park Downtown Montego Bay North West
Dunn's River Beach 3.7 mi. West of Central Ocho Rios North
Errol Flynn Marina Beach 0.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Port Antonio North East
Fairy Hill Beach 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Fairy Hill East
Farquhar's Beach 1.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Round Hill --
Ferris Cross Beach 1.3 mi. South West of Central Ferris Cross West
Fisherman's Beach Downtown Ocho Rios North-Northeast
Folly Ruins Beach Port Antonio, Eastern part of Jamaica East
Font Hill Beach 3.6 mi. West of Central Black River West
Fort Clarence Hellshire, Southeastern part of Jamaica South East
Frenchman's Bay Downtown Treasure Beach South West
Frenchmen's Cove Beach 2.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Fairy Hill East
Golden Grove Beach 1.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Iter Boreale East
Golf Beach 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Spot Valley North West
Grande Beach Ocho Rios, Northern part of Jamaica North East
Great River Bay 2.1 mi. East of Central Hopewell North West
Green Island East Beach 1.2 mi. West of Central Green Island West
Green Island North Beach 1.2 mi. North of Central Green Island West
Gunboat Beach 3.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Harbour View East
Half Moon Beach Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica North West
Hellshire Beach Hellshire, Southeastern part of Jamaica South East
Hope Bay 0.1 mi. North of Central Hope Bay East
Hope Well Beach 0.4 mi. North of Central Hopewell North West
Hunt Bay 1.6 mi. West of Central Black River West
Innis Bay Beach 0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Long Road East
James Bond Beach 0.6 mi. West of Central Oracabessa North East
Lances Bay 0.8 mi. South West of Central Bull's Bay West
Lime Cay The vicinity of Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica South East
Little Laughlands Bay 4.7 mi. East of Central Runaway Bay North
Long Bay Beach 3.6 mi. Northwest of Central Rural Hill East
Mahee Bay Beach 3.6 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay North West
Maiden Cay Beach 3.9 mi. Southeast of Central Portmore South East
Malcolm Bay 2.1 mi. West of Central Black River West
Mallards Beach Ocho Rios, Northern part of Jamaica North East
Mollasses Beach 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Johnson Town West
Montego Beach Montego Bay, Northwestern part of Jamaica North West
Navy Island Port Antonio, Eastern part of Jamaica East
Negril North Beach 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Negril West
New Hope South Beach 2.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Revival West
Orange Bay Beach East 0.3 mi. North of Central Orange Bay East
Orange Bay Beach West 3.4 mi. East of Central Buff Bay East
Palmetto Bay 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Hart Hill East
Parottee Bay 5.0 mi. South of Central Black River West
Pigeon Island Beach 7.9 mi. South of Central Moores Pen Northwest
Port Antonio East Harbour 0.8 mi. East of Central Port Antonio --
Port Maria Beach Port Maria, Northeastern part of Jamaica North East
Port Maria North 1.0 mi. North of Central Port Maria North East
Portland Caye 0.0 mi. Northwest of Central Portland Cay Northwest
Priory Beach 1.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central St. Ann's Bay North
Puero Seco Beach Discovery Bay, Northern part of Jamaica North
Rhodes Hall Beach 2.4 mi. West of Central Green Island West
Rio Bueno Beach 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Rio Bueno North West
Rio Nuevo Battle Site 1.1 mi. East of Central Tower Isle North East
RioNuoya Beach 2.2 mi. West of Central Oracabessa North East
Rose Hall Beach Club 3.9 mi. Northwest of Central Spot Valley North West
Runaway Beach Runaway Bay, Northern part of Jamaica North
Rural Hill Beach 2.3 mi. North of Central Long Road East
Salem Paradise Beach 2.5 mi. East of Central Runaway Bay North
San San Beach 1.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central Fairy Hill East
Sandy Bay 0.5 mi. Northeast of Central Sandy Bay North West
Sandy Ground 1.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central New Hope West
Seven Mile Beach 2.5 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone West
Shaw Park Beach Ocho Rios, Northeastern part of Jamaica North East
Silver Sands Beach 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Duncans North West
Spring Garden Beach 1.7 mi. East of Central Buff Bay East
St Bran's Burg Beach 1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Spot Valley North West
St. Ann's Bay 1.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Ann's Bay North
Starve Gut Bay 3.7 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Treasure Beach West
Steer Town Beach 4.7 mi. West of Central Ocho Rios North
Tom Pipers Bay Johnson Town, Western part of Jamaica West
Tower Isle West Beach 2.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Ocho Rios North East
Treasure Beach 2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Treasure Beach South West
Tropical Lagoon 1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Fairy Hill East
Turtle Beach Downtown Ocho Rios North East
Tyrall Beach 1.3 mi. East of Central Sandy Bay North West
Walter Fletcher Beach Montego Bay, Western part of Jamaica North West
Watson Taylor Beach 1.1 mi. North of Central Johnson Town West
White River Bay Ocho Rios, Northeastern part of Jamaica North East
Whitehouse Beach 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Whitehouse West
Windsor Castle Beach 2.1 mi. Northwest of Central Buff Bay East
Winnifred Beach 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Fairy Hill East
Yerba Buena Beach 1.4 mi. North of Central Robins Bay North East
Zion Hill Beach 0.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Fairy Hill East

Fortunately, there are some other types of attractions. Read this article dedicated to even more attractions if you want to discover more specifics.

With plenty of beaches you are sure to find one you enjoy. Just remeber that Jamaica is large for a Caribbean nation, and two beaches may be hours away from eachother.

 

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