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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You'll find a large number of beaches to visit on the island. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you can find what you want. You can click on specific names to get additional information about that part of the coast.
Cornwall Beach: Cornwall Beach boasts gentle blue waters and has an easy sloping ocean floor creating mild swimming conditions, and making it a favorite spot to bring children. Its soft white sand also makes it a favorite for those wanting to take a pleasant stroll down the beach.
Another 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 chart below enables you to get a few details regarding the beaches found on the island.
|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|
|1.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Round Hill||--|
|Ferris Cross Beach||1.3 mi. South West of Central Ferris Cross||West|
|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|
|Hi Lo Beach||0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Negril||West|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Bear in mind that you can find plenty of other types of attractions. For more information about other attractions, see this page.
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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