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.

Located in Saint Elizabeth Parish, Crane Beach is on the West coast of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. While you wouldn't necessarily call Crane Beach quiet, you'll find that it gets a lot less visitors than many of Jamaica's beaches. So while this isn't the most private place on the island to spend time with your sweetheart, you'll be relatively undisturbed by rowdy beachgoers, should you decide to take a romantic stroll.

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.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline.

If you tend to desire beaches that offer a serene place to escape, then a good choice for you is Crane Beach; it's found within a less urban area of Jamaica.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Crane Beach on Jamaica's West coast; it's located near attractions like Jamaica Fun Farm, which is not too far away, and can be reached in a cab.

If you want to learn more about the history of Jamaica, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For instance, nearby is Bloomfield Great House, which is within driving distance of the beach.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Jamaica. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Crane Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Jamaica Fun Farm Museum 7.1 NE Jamaica
Bamboo Alley Scenic Trail 8.1 N Jamaica
Art 'n' Tings Handicraft Dealers 9.2 ENE Jamaica
Appleton Estate Rum Distillery Distillery 13.3 NE Jamaica
Lover's Leap Lighthouse Lighthouse 14.3 SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Black River is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Black River is just up the road, about three miles (four and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Guests will find a fairly wide selection of hotel and resort options to choose from near the beach. The most accessible of which are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Crane Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
South Shore Guest House 1.5 mi. NNW Guest house
Ashton Great House and Hotel 2.1 mi. NNW Guest house
Waterloo Guest House 2.3 mi. NW Guest house
Invercauld Hotel 2.5 mi. NW Hotel
Idlers Rest Beach Hotel -- -- Hotel
Port Of Call Hotel 3.0 mi. NW Hotel
Two Seasons Guest House 8.4 mi. SSE Guest house
Treasure Beach Hotel 8.9 mi. SSE Resort
Golden Sands Beach Cottage 9.1 mi. SSE Resort
Jake's Resort 9.3 mi. SSE Resort


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is Riverside Dock Restaurant & Lounge. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a little ways away.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown below.

Restaurants near Crane Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Riverside Dock Restaurant & Lounge (876) 965-9486 -- -- 2.0 mi. NW
Alvin's Fish & Jerk Pork Center (876) 965-9855 -- -- -- --
K & K Sport Bar & Jerk Center (876) 634-3860 -- -- -- --
Norma Bennett Snack Counter (876) 634-3078 -- -- -- --
Oliver's Restaurant (876) 634-3970 -- -- -- --
Sea View Restaurant (876) 965-2685 -- -- -- --
South Shore Guest House Bar & Restaurant (876) 965-2172 -- -- -- --
St. Best Restuarant (876) 965-2394 -- -- -- --
Yellowtail Restaurant & Bar (876) 634-1319 Jamaican Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Crane Beach.

If the active mood at Crane Beach is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider checking out Hunt Bay, a beach with a similar ambiance. It is located four miles to the northwest. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Frenchman's Bay is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it within the range of a taxi.

Another option worth considering is Parottee Bay, located two and a half miles away.

Crane Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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