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 in Saint Elizabeth Parish, Crane Beach is on the West coast of Jamaica. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying nearby. You'll find the area around the beach to be somewhat urbanized, but that doesn't mean the actual beach will necessarily be packed with people. Rather, you will generally find plenty of beach space once you hit the sand.

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 offers an angelic and tranquil enclave, due to the fact that the location that surrounds the beach is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Crane Beach is on Jamaica's West coast. It's located near Jamaica Fun Farm, which is within the range of a cab, and it is among the local attractions.

Historical attractions such as Bloomfield Great House provide the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Crane Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Jamaica's past, without having to stray too far from the beach. As a matter of fact, this coast is within driving distance from this site of historical significance.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions 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

Crane Beach is very close to Black River, so walking the city is a definite option. Black River is the closest city and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the beach, Black River isn't far off, maybe three miles (four and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how packed the nearby hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can appeal to guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of hotels a car ride away. A few of the more convenient choices can be viewed 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 you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the nearest restaurants is Riverside Dock Restaurant & Lounge. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's only a short distance 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

Crane Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out in Jamaica.

You may also want to try Hunt Bay, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it four miles to the northwest. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Frenchman's Bay could be a good option for you. It is located within cab range of the beach.

Another location you may want to try is Parottee Bay, located within a short distance.

Jamaica offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and dropping by Crane Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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