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 Portland Parish, 1.0 mile northwest of Fairy Hill, this beach is on the East edge of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, may want to give Fairy Hill Beach a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's not dead and empty either.
To access Fairy Hill Beach, take A4 to Dragon Bay Road. The beach is just beyond Dragon Bay Hotel.
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.
Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. Jamaica has a wide assortment of dining options, but not all your meals have to be in a sit-down restaurant. Some visitors, in fact, would sooner enjoy lunch on the sand, than lunch at a full-service restaurant. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.
Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. If available, you could also buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.
Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting 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.
This pleasant stretch of sand known as Fairy Hill Beach is on Jamaica's East coast; the area hosts attractions such as, which is four miles away.
Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.
|Old Pera Windmill||Historical Site||21.2||S||Jamaica|
|Spectator Teams and Clubs||25.6||SW||Jamaica|
Port Antonio is nearby and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the beach, Port Antonio is a fairly short distance away, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).
The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Fairy Hill Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it's often visited by visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.
You'll find a moderately varied selection of lodgings a car ride away. A list of the closest options can be viewed in the following table.
|Tropical Lagoon||0.3 mi.||SW||Hotel|
|Mocking Bird Hill||2.1 mi.||W||Lodge|
|Jamaica Palace Hotel||2.3 mi.||W||Hotel|
|Great Huts||4.0 mi.||SE||Lodge|
|Hotel Tim Bamboo||4.1 mi.||W||Hotel|
|Mango Ridge Guest Cottages||4.6 mi.||W||Cottages|
|Demontevin Lodge Hotel||4.6 mi.||W||Hotel|
|Jamaica Heights Resort||--||--||Cottages|
|San San Tropez||5.6 mi.||W||Hotel|
If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest places to eat is Mille Fleurs. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and European menu items. They are also known for their seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.
The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.
|Mille Fleurs||(876) 993-7267||Caribbean, European||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|
|(876) 436-5624||Jamaican||Very Casual||--||--|
|The Veranda||(876) 633-7100||International||Fine Dining||2.9 mi.||W|
|Anna Banana's||(876) 715-6533||Caribbean||Informal||3.9 mi.||W|
|(876) 384-4730||Jamaican, Vegetarian||Very Casual||4.0 mi.||W|
|(876) 933-3823||Eclectic||Very Casual||--||--|
|Timeout Sports Bar & Grill||(876) 537-0869||American||Very Casual||4.6 mi.||W|
|Dekal Internet Cafe & Bistro||(876) 297-7566||International||Very Casual||4.7 mi.||W|
Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Jamaica, so Fairy Hill Beach is just one of your options.
If the vibrant atmosphere of Fairy Hill Beach is one of the features you love, think about heading to Tropical Lagoon, another destination with a good amount of excitement. It is located a quarter mile to the south west. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, you might enjoy Blue Lagoon. It is located a short taxi ride away.
Another sun-drenched spot to consider is San San Beach, 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.
Jamaica offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Fairy Hill Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.
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