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 might want even if you aren't staying nearby. Though you wouldn't necessarily call Crane Beach secluded, it's also not packed to the brim with beachgoers, like many of the other beaches can be. So, though you wouldn't necessarily call this part of the coast "undiscovered", you'll rarely be disturbed by crowds of beachgoers, should you decide to take a romantic walk.

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, public restrooms aren't available.

Crane Beach provides an idyllic and tranquil retreat, since the region surrounding the beach is not heavily urbanized.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on Jamaica's West coast. It is close to Jamaica Fun Farm, which is reachable in a taxi, and it is among the favorite destinations in the area.

Historical attractions like Bloomfield Great House provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at Crane Beach, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Jamaica's past, without straying too far from the coastline. As a matter of fact, you'll find this spot some ways away, but, for those with a car, it is accessible from this destination of historical interest.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Black River, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Black River is a quick trip away, roughly three miles (four and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may meet guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of hotels which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest options have been displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near Crane Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
South Shore Guest House 1.5 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
South Sea View Guest House 9.6 mi. NW Guest house


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far away. One of the closest places to eat is Riverside Dock Restaurant & Lounge. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are 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

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

You may also like Hunt Bay, which is generally a pretty popular beach. You'll find it four miles to the northwest. If you're looking for something a little more private, Frenchman's Bay could be a good option for you. It is located just a cab ride away.

You may also want to consider Parottee Bay, located two and a half miles away.

Jamaica has plenty to offer its visitors, and Crane Beach is just one of the many options.


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