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.

Located in Portland Parish, 2.2 miles west-northwest of Fairy Hill, Frenchmen's Cove Beach is on the East coast of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Couples and families who want to have more of the beach to themselves might really enjoy an afternoon at Frenchmen's Cove Beach.

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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around Jamaica, but not all your meals have to be in a sit-down restaurant. Many visitors, in fact, simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. You may also have the option to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Showers are provided for visitors, so you can rinse off the sand. 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


This beach is positioned on Jamaica's East coast. Folly Ruins is found two and a half miles away, and it is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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 in the Port Antonio area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Port Antonio is the closest city and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Port Antonio is just up the road, maybe three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent number of places to stay which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient possibilities can be viewed 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


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Frenchmen's Cove Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Bushbar. The restaurant serves delicious Jamaican cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists nearby restaurant options.

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

Jamaica has several beautiful beaches, so if Frenchmen's Cove Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Another location you might enjoy is Fairy Hill Beach, located within a mile or so. 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 more action, and is closer to nearby attractions. You'll find it a mile to the east-southeast.

Another location you may want to try is San San Beach, which is located only a short distance 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.

Jamaica has a lot to offer its visitors, but Frenchmen's Cove Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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