Long Bay Beach

Aptly named, this beach stretches a healthy distance up and down Jamaica's eastern shoreline and is perfect if you like quiet beach strolls. It is near development and there are some beachfront accommodations but the coast is mostly free of imposing structures.

Set on the southeastern outskirts of Fair Prospect, 3.6 miles northwest of Rural Hill, Long Bay Beach is on the East coast of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. One beach that tends to attract a broad range of travelers is Long Bay Beach, which is generally active and popular, but not usually over-crowded. If you prefer to avoid Jamaica's quiet, secluded beaches, but don't want to fight the crowds every step of the way, this beach is right in the middle.

Amenities and Ambiance

The patch of sand here is plenty wide and the beach itself stretches at least a mile. The ocean floor is clear along the beach for the most part, but there are snorkeling sites.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Long Bay Beach offers visitors an idyllic and serene place to escape, as the region surrounding the beach is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Long Bay Beach on Jamaica's East coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Folly Ruins, which is just a cab ride away.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Long Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Folly Ruins Historical Site 9.6 NW Jamaica
Christ Church Historical Site 9.9 WNW Jamaica
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 9.9 NW Jamaica
Portland Art Gallery Art Gallery 10.6 WNW Jamaica
Old Pera Windmill Historical Site 16.3 S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest part of Jamaica to Long Bay Beach is Rural Hill. This location is just three and a half miles away, so it shouldn't take too long to make a visit. Rural Hill is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of lodgings which can be reached in the car. A list of the closest options are displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near Long Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Great Huts 2.0 NW Lodge
Tropical Lagoon 6.1 NW Hotel
Geejam 7.4 NW Hotel


While you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you are willing to venture a little farther away. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Restaurant Chill Out Beach Bar, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Long Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Restaurant Chill Out Beach Bar (876) 913-7171 -- -- -- --
Boston Jerk Centre -- Jamaican Very Casual 4.4 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Long Bay Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

You may also want to consider Boston Bay Beach, which is located reasonably close-by, which means a short cab ride is an easy option. The jerk chicken and pork stands lining the shore are just as popular as the beaches at Boston Bay. Here, the waters are unprotected, offering some of the finest waves for windsurfing and playing in the water. This public beach is a popular spot for socializing and many different entertainment activities like concerts and contests occur along its shores.

Perhaps Long Bay Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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