Lime Cay

Occasionally submerged when the tide comes in, this small, low-lying island has no permanent human settlement. There are no facilities here but bringing your own lunch and refreshments will keep you keep you extremely happy for an afternoon.

Located in the vicinity of Kingston, Lime Cay is on the South East coast of Jamaica. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. This beach is not just a tropical beauty, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Jamaica. While Lime Cay may be a bit off the beaten path, visiting this beach instead of a more crowded one could make your experience less stressful.

How to Access The Beach
To reach the small island, you may want to hire a boat to take you back and forth. Many choose to sail out here, but a small fee will be enough to persuade a local fisherman to take you out in the morning, then pick you back up at a pre-arranged time in the late afternoon or evening.

Amenities and Ambiance

Located off Kingston Harbour, the waters here are clear and unpolluted, and offer excellent swimming conditions. It makes for an amazing spot for bathing and watersports. Lime Cay is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to get lunch from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Lots of visitors make use of the picnic tables at Lime Cay, so your food won't get sandy.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline. This is a great weekend spot having an intimate picnic or family barbeque. The shores of the small island are generally unpopulated.

A lesser known beach, Lime Cay with its availability of comforts will most likely be a hit for travelers looking to find a place away from the busy beaches, since it happens to be hiding inside a quiet part of Jamaica. Thankfully, because of this the availability of certain amenities likely won't be decreased.

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South East coast of Jamaica; this area boasts other attractions such as Port Royal, which is two miles away.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like National Gallery of Jamaica (positioned a short cab ride away) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view Jamaica's traditions and culture.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Lime Cay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Port Royal Historical Site 1.9 mi. NW Jamaica
Port Royal Community Center Convention, Conference and Meeting Space Center 2.0 mi. NW Jamaica
Fort Charles Museum 2.0 mi. NW Jamaica
National Gallery of Jamaica Art Museum 3.6 mi. NNE Jamaica
Studio174 Art Gallery 3.7 mi. NNE Jamaica
Bank of Jamaica Money Museum Museum 3.7 mi. NE Jamaica
Trench Town Culture Yard Museum Museum 4.5 mi. N Jamaica
Acropolis Portmore Casino 4.9 mi. NW Jamaica
St. Peter's Church Historical Site 5.5 mi. NNE Jamaica
Vegas Gaming Kingston Gambling Arcade 5.6 mi. N Jamaica
Jamaica Pegasus Derby Room Slot Machine Arcade 5.6 mi. N Jamaica
Redstripe Plant Attraction 5.9 mi. N Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Lime Cay tourists hoping to find further attractions might think about heading over to Kingston, which is not far away and is an active, busy area. From the beach, Kingston is a car ride off, about six and a half miles (ten and a half kilometers) away.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There are not many major hotels nearby, but you may meet visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Since this beach is located in a relatively popular vacation area, it usually isn't all that difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. For visitors hoping to book a place that's near the beach, the table that follows shows the closest accommodations to Lime Cay.

Accommodations near Lime Cay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Grand Port Royal Hotel 2.0 NW Hotel
Sea Horse Rider Inn 4.1 NW Hotel
Hotel Casanova 5.0 NW Hotel

Food

One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to dine at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without straying too far from your current location. Gloria's is one of the closest eateries. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Lime Cay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Gloria's -- -- -- 2.1 mi. NW
Swiss Stores Cafe (876) 922-8050 International Informal 3.8 mi. NNE
Domino's Downtown Kingston (876) 948-8222 Italian Very Casual -- --
Rodney's Arms (876) 988-1063 International Very Casual 4.1 mi. WNW
Miss Bobs West Kingston Fast Food -- -- -- 4.1 mi. NNE
Cutty's -- -- -- 4.5 mi. N
Autumn Garden Restaurant (876) 988-3168 -- -- 4.7 mi. NW
Buckle's Restaurant (876) 704-9042 -- -- 4.7 mi. NW
Divine Vegetarian Restaurant (876) 998-8478 -- -- 4.7 mi. NW
KFC Portmore Mall (876) 988-3099 American Very Casual 4.7 mi. NW
Burger King - Portmore (876) 749-1479 American Very Casual 4.8 mi. NW
Colours Sports Bar & Grill (876) 939-5350 -- -- 4.9 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Jamaica, so Lime Cay is not your only option.

Another location you might enjoy is Maiden Cay Beach, located within a mile or so. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Gunboat Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's located three and a half miles to the east-northeast.

Travelers may also want to consider Hellshire Beach, located fairly close-by, which means a quick ride in a taxi will get you here pretty easily. To the southwest of Kingston lies Hellshire beach, the most popular of the black sand beaches in this area. Locals flock to this area on the weekends to take advantage of this casual and relaxed environment on the shore. Food vendors sell their fresh cooked food to guests while fishermen traverse the shores. Although not the main attraction, the waters are cool and refreshing, making it a good idea to take a dip in the sea.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Jamaica; then again, Lime Cay is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.

 

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