Great River Bay

Just north of the village of Pisgah, Great River begins is journey to the coast. It travels for 57 miles before dumping into Great River Bay. Here, vacationers will find a lovely spot to enjoy some time in a beach setting.

Located on the eastern outskirts of Great River Bay, 2.1 miles east of Hopewell, this beach is on the North West edge of Jamaica. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying very close. Those of you who want the best of both worlds——a sense of seclusion, but the option for activity—— may want to give Great River Bay a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's not quiet or boring either.

How to Access The Beach
Just off A1 and through a thicket of trees is where you will find Great River Bay.

Amenities and Ambiance

Along the western edge of the beach is where Great River meets Great River Bay. On either side, soft tan sand runs along in a crescent shape, encircling Golden Grove Beach. The waters are aquamarine and relatively calm, though currents can sometimes be strong.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


Found on Jamaica's North West coast; the area hosts attractions such as Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge, which is four and a half miles to the northeast of this spot.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Hanover Museum, a lovely museum found within the range of a taxi, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows some of the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Great River Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge Slot Machine Arcade 4.3 NE Jamaica
Fort Montego Historical Site 4.4 ENE Jamaica
Montego Civic Center Convention, Conference and Meeting Space Center 4.4 ENE Jamaica
Gallery of West Indian Art Art Gallery 4.5 E Jamaica
Tryall Golf Course Golf Course 4.8 W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Great River Bay is very close to Montego Bay, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Great River Bay visitors looking for further attractions will want to consider making the trip to Montego Bay, which is close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Jamaica. From the beach, Montego Bay is a fairly short distance away, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Great River Bay will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since this beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be all that tough to find the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are looking to book a place that's near the ocean, the following table shows the accommodation options closest to Great River Bay.

Accommodations near Great River Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Chateau Margarita 0.6 mi. E Hotel
Round Hill Hotel & Villas 1.8 mi. WNW Villa complex
Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa 2.6 mi. E Resort
Emerald Escape Beach Resort 2.6 mi. E Resort
Sunset Beach Resort & Spa 2.8 mi. ENE Resort
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay All Inclusive 2.8 mi. ENE Resort
Secrets St James Montego Bay 2.9 mi. ENE Resort
Palm Bay Guest House 3.9 mi. E Guest house
Altamont West Hotel 4.3 mi. ENE Hotel
Doctor's Cave Beach Hotel 4.4 mi. NE Resort


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Round Hill Dining Room is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Great River Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Round Hill Dining Room (876) 956-7050 Caribbean Fine Dining 1.8 mi. WNW
Smoked Marlin Restaurant (876) 609-4181 Caribbean, Jamaican Informal 2.4 mi. W
Sky Beach Bar and Grill (876) 956-5006 Jamaican Informal 2.7 mi. W
Robbie Joseph's Seahorse Grill (876) 952-2382 Caribbean, International Informal 2.9 mi. ENE
Steak House on the Bay (876) 979-8038 American, Caribbean Informal 2.9 mi. ENE
MVP Smokehouse (876) 622-7198 Jamaican, Vegetarian Very Casual 2.9 mi. E
Houseboat Grill Restaurant (876) 979-8845 Fusion, International Informal 3.3 mi. E
Martina's Juice Bar and Grill (876) 953-6557 Jamaican Very Casual 3.8 mi. E
Domino's Montego Bay (876) 953-6666 Italian Very Casual 4.1 mi. E
Pier One (876) 952-2452 International Very Casual 4.2 mi. ENE
The Pelican (876) 952-3171 Jamaican Informal 4.3 mi. NE
Marguerites Seafood By the Sea (876) 952-4777 Caribbean Informal 4.3 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Jamaica, so if Great River Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Another option worth considering is Hope Well Beach, located two miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Jamaica, but Great River Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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