Crane Beach

Known for its wild ways is Crane Bay, by Black River. This stretch of sand is underdeveloped, and allows visitors to catch a glimpse of how Jamaican beaches look before resort properties get their hands on them.

Situated near the center of Saint Elizabeth Parish, Crane Beach is on the West edge of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, may really like the middle ground found at Crane Beach. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
Crane Beach is accessible off the aptly named Crane Road.

Amenities and Ambiance

The tan sands of Crane Bay often include seashells and pebbles in their makeup, while the topaz colored waters are known for their often wild nature.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

If you prefer beach days which provide a tranquil experience, then think about trying out Crane Beach; it's hidden away in a more natural area of the region.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Crane Beach on the West coast of Jamaica. It is near Jamaica Fun Farm, which is situated seven miles to the northeast, and it is among the attractions in the vicinity.

Historical attractions such as Bloomfield Great House provide a nice compliment to the scenery of Crane Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about Jamaica. Actually, this coast is 21 miles to the east of this site of historical interest.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows some of the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Crane Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Jamaica Fun Farm Museum 7.1 NE Jamaica
Bamboo Avenue Scenic Trail 7.9 N Jamaica
Breds Treasure Beach Sports Park Park 8.5 SSE Jamaica
The Mud Palace Gallery Art Gallery 9.8 SSE Jamaica
Appleton Estate Rum Distillery Distillery 13.3 NE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Black River is nearby and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the coast, Black River is not far away, about three miles (four and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may see visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a decent amount of lodgings a car ride away. A list of the closest choices are seen in the table below.

Accommodations near Crane Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Idlers Rest Beach Hotel 0.7 S Hotel
Port Of Call Hotel 0.8 NNW Hotel
Kool Rooms Guest House 1.5 NNW Guest house


While this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, especially if you're willing to drive or bike a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Norma Bennett Snack Counter, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Crane Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Norma Bennett Snack Counter (876) 634-3078 -- -- -- Jamaica

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach in Jamaica will have lots of options besides Crane Beach.

If the exciting vibe at Crane Beach is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider checking out Hunt Bay, another destination with a good amount of excitement. It is located four miles to the northwest. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Frenchman's Bay is a beach which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located within taxi range of the coast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Parottee Bay, which is located within a short distance.

Jamaica offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Crane Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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