Fairy Hill Beach

Along the way to Port Antonio rests Fairy Hill Beach. Don't let the steep road deter you, for the beaches are clean and tranquil and usually not very crowded. Here, the waters are perfect for snorkeling and exploring some of the treasured lagoons, while there is also a freshwater spring to wash away the salt.

Positioned in the heart of Portland Parish, 1.0 mile northwest of Fairy Hill, this beach is on the East coast of Jamaica. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Travelers who want to avoid long taxi rides will find that Fairy Hill Beach is a good choice for them. The area surrounding this beach has so much to offer because it isn't far from the center of the city's action.

How to Access The Beach
To access Fairy Hill Beach, take A4 to Dragon Bay Road. The beach is just beyond Dragon Bay Hotel.

Amenities and Ambiance

This informal beach has a wide sandy area for lounging and a small offshore reef that is perfect for snorkeling and swimming in the protected waters. Also, a small freshwater spring can refresh the body and wash it clean of salt and sand.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many Fairy Hill Beach visitors find convenient and satisfying. There are several types of dining experiences in Jamaica that visitors can partake in, but eating at the beach can be especially enjoyable. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. Sometimes, visitors will be able to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. Somewhat crowded on the weekends and fairly sparse the rest of the time, Fairy Hill Beach has a good mix of visitors and locals. One local eatery serves outstanding local lunches for a true traditional meal.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Fairy Hill Beach is on Jamaica's East coast; it will be near other attractions like Folly Ruins, which is four miles away.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Fairy Hill Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Folly Ruins Historical Site 4.0 W Jamaica
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.2 W Jamaica
Christ Church Historical Site 4.5 W Jamaica
Port Antonio Craft Market Shopping Center 4.7 W Jamaica
Old Pera Windmill Historical Site 21.2 S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Fairy Hill Beach is very close to Port Antonio, so walking the city is a definite option. The nearby town of Port Antonio is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the shore, Port Antonio is just up the road, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how packed the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a pretty nice selection of accommodation options to pick from in the area surrounding Fairy Hill Beach. The most convenient of which are shown below.

Accommodations near Fairy Hill Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tropical Lagoon 0.3 mi. SW Hotel
Goblin Hill Villas at San San 0.7 mi. W Villa complex
Resort at Wilks Bay 1.1 mi. W Villa complex
Frenchman's Cove Resort 1.3 mi. W Villa complex
Geejam 1.7 mi. W Hotel
Mocking Bird Hill 2.1 mi. W Lodge
Jamaica Palace Hotel 2.3 mi. W Hotel
Trident Hotel 2.9 mi. W Villa complex
Match Resort 3.0 mi. W Cottages
Great Huts 4.0 mi. SE Lodge


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Mille Fleurs. This restaurant has both Caribbean and Fusion cuisines. Many guests rave about their seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Fairy Hill Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Mille Fleurs (876) 993-7267 Caribbean, Fusion Fine Dining 0.8 mi. W
Bushbar (876) 993-7000 Jamaican Informal 1.7 mi. W
Boston Jerk Centre -- Jamaican Very Casual 1.8 mi. ESE
The Veranda (876) 633-7100 International Fine Dining 2.9 mi. W
Wi Yard Anna Banana's (876) 542-1497 Caribbean Informal 3.9 mi. W
Yosch Restaurant (876) 993-3053 International Very Casual 4.3 mi. W
Marybelle's Pub on the Pier (876) 413-9731 Jamaican Very Casual 4.7 mi. W

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Fairy Hill Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

If the exciting vibe at Fairy Hill Beach is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider also visiting Tropical Lagoon, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located a quarter mile to the south west. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, consider Blue Lagoon. You'll find it a short taxi ride away.

Travelers may also want to consider San San Beach, which is located within a short distance. $8(USD) will get you into this private beach that is perfect for snorkeling and enjoying the warm, shallow waters in this protected area. Near Frenchman's Cove, the atmosphere is more upscale and Princess Island, across the way, is an easy swim to a secluded island. A lunch bar and equipment rentals round out a fun beach day at San San Beach.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Jamaica, but taking a swim at Fairy Hill Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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