Frenchmen's Cove Beach

Frenchmen's Cove Beach history of celebrity connections is what initially attracts people to the beach, but it is the natural beauty that convinces them to stay. Just a few dollars gets you in for the day.

The sands and waters make it one of the prettiest on the island with a freshwater river that flows into the cove.

Set in Portland Parish, 2.2 miles west-northwest of Fairy Hill, Frenchmen's Cove Beach is on the East edge of Jamaica. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that isn't surrounded by thousands of hotel rooms; the lovely, less-traveled shores of beaches like Frenchmen's Cove Beach are usually more relaxing than those overrun with fellow travelers.

How to Access The Beach
Turn onto Interior Property Road off A4 to access the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The soft white sands and crystal clear waters make Frenchmen's Cove Beach one of the prettiest on the island. Surrounded by tropical scenery and fed by a freshwater river, Frenchmen's Cove is also both quiet and secluded.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many Frenchmen's Cove Beach visitors find convenient and satisfying. There all types of dining experiences in Jamaica that visitors can partake in, but having a meal on the beach can be especially fun. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Frenchmen's Cove Beach is the ultimate convenience. You might also have the option to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you can rinse off before heading back to your hotel. Visitors and locals flock to this very popular beach. While the entrance fee scares some people away, the private setting of the beach adds a touch of sophistication.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the East coast of Jamaica; the area is home to other attractions such as Folly Ruins, which is two and a half miles away.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Frenchmen's Cove Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Folly Ruins Historical Site 2.7 W Jamaica
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.0 WNW Jamaica
Christ Church Historical Site 3.3 W Jamaica
Portland Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.0 W Jamaica
Old Pera Windmill Historical Site 21.7 S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Frenchmen's Cove Beach is near Port Antonio, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The nearby town of Port Antonio is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Port Antonio isn't far off, about three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may meet guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good amount of places to stay within a car's reach. Some of the closest choices have been displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near Frenchmen's Cove Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Geejam 0.5 mi. W Hotel
Mocking Bird Hill 1.0 mi. SW Lodge
Tropical Lagoon 1.1 mi. ESE Hotel
Jamaica Palace Hotel 1.1 mi. W Hotel
Hotel Tim Bamboo 2.9 mi. W Hotel
Mango Ridge Guest Cottages 3.3 mi. W Cottages
Demontevin Lodge Hotel 3.4 mi. W Hotel
San San Tropez 4.4 mi. W Hotel
Great Huts 5.2 mi. SE Lodge
By the Sea 7.0 mi. W B & B


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Bushbar. The restaurant offers a menu of Jamaican cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Frenchmen's Cove Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bushbar (876) 993-7000 Jamaican Informal 0.5 mi. W
Mille Fleurs (876) 993-7267 Caribbean, Fusion Fine Dining 0.6 mi. SE
Woody's Low Bridge Place (876) 436-5624 Jamaican Very Casual -- --
The Veranda (876) 633-7100 International Fine Dining 1.7 mi. WNW
Wi Yard Anna Banana's (876) 542-1497 Caribbean Informal 2.6 mi. W
Survival Beach Restaurant (876) 384-4730 Jamaican, Vegetarian Very Casual 2.8 mi. W
Boston Jerk Centre -- Jamaican Very Casual 3.0 mi. ESE
Shadows (876) 933-3823 Eclectic Very Casual -- --
Dekal Internet Cafe & Bistro (876) 297-7566 International Very Casual 3.4 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

Frenchmen's Cove Beach is just one of many beaches you can visit in Jamaica.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Fairy Hill Beach, situated just a little ways away. Fairy Hill Beach attracts locals and visitors alike to its energetic shores. During the week crowds are at a minimum and snorkeling is fantastic at the small off shore reef, but bring your own equipment. A small eatery serves vegetarian and Jamaican jerk dishes for a nice afternoon snack. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Tropical Lagoon could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other popular destinations. It's found a mile to the east-southeast.

You might also want to visit San San Beach, located a quarter 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.

Maybe Frenchmen's Cove Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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