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.

Located in Portland Parish, 1.0 mile northwest of Fairy Hill, this beach is on the East coast of Jamaica. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you're staying very close. Vacationers who prefer to walk rather than drive around Jamaica will love how easy it is to access Fairy Hill Beach. More than likely, this beach is near many of the attractions you already plan to visit, since it is right in the center of all the daytime activity.

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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Jamaica offers plenty of great places to eat, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Many visitors, in fact, have lunch right on their towels in the sand. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration. 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

Attractions

Fairy Hill Beach is on Jamaica's East coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Folly Ruins, which is four miles to the west.

If you can't wait to see as many of Jamaica's attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

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
Portland Art Gallery Art Gallery 5.3 W Jamaica
Old Pera Windmill Historical Site 21.2 S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Kingston, which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From Fairy Hill Beach, Port Antonio is not far away, roughly four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. Fairy Hill Beach is not located near many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

There is a pretty nice variety of lodging options to pick from in the area around Fairy Hill Beach. The most convenient of which are listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Fairy Hill Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tropical Lagoon 0.3 mi. SW Hotel
Geejam 1.7 mi. W 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
San San Tropez 5.6 mi. W Hotel
By the Sea 8.2 mi. W B & B

Food

When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. Mille Fleurs is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and Fusion dishes on the menu. They are also known for their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists nearby restaurant options.

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
Woody's Low Bridge Place (876) 436-5624 Jamaican Very Casual -- --
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
Survival Beach Restaurant (876) 384-4730 Jamaican, Vegetarian Very Casual 4.0 mi. W
Shadows (876) 933-3823 Eclectic Very Casual -- --
Dekal Internet Cafe & Bistro (876) 297-7566 International Very Casual 4.7 mi. W
Brisc Sports Bar and Grill -- Jamaican Very Casual -- --
Chicken Place Restaurant & Catering Servs The (876) 993-4984 -- -- -- --
D-Tech Computers Internet Cafe (876) 715-4601 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Jamaica, so if Fairy Hill Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Another location you might enjoy is Tropical Lagoon, which is generally a pretty popular beach. You'll find it a quarter mile to the south west. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, consider Blue Lagoon. You'll find it a quick car or cab ride away.

You may also enjoy San San Beach, which is located a mile away. $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.

Fairy Hill Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, Jamaica offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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