Palmetto Bay

This thin stretch of sand is distanced from the development nearby, down an access road. It's a beautiful spot to enjoy the natural setting of the island.

Located on the eastern edge of Saint Mary Parish, 1.5 miles northwest of Hart Hill, Palmetto Bay is on the East coast of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like Jamaica. While Palmetto Bay may be a little more trouble to reach, it offers unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

Amenities and Ambiance

If you're looking for seclusion and serenity, this beach is the spot. It's also convenient, close to restaurants and accommodations but distant enough to forget about reality for a little while. Jump in, the waters are warm.

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.

Palmetto Bay brings visitors a calm and tranquil escape, in part because the surrounding region is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


This spot is on Jamaica's East coast; the area hosts attractions such as Brimmer Hall Estate, which is 13 and a half miles away.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Bob Marley Museum (located 18 miles away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new side of Jamaica's history.

If you can't wait to see as many of Jamaica's attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Palmetto Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Brimmer Hall Estate Historical Site 13.5 WNW Jamaica
Firefly Museum 15.7 NW Jamaica
Constant Spring Golf Club Golf Course 15.8 SSW Jamaica
Galina Lighthouse Lighthouse 16.1 NW Jamaica
Christelle's Gaming Gambling Arcade 16.2 SSW Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest section of Jamaica to Palmetto Bay is Hart Hill. This location is only a mile and a half from the shore, so a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. Keep in mind that Hart Hill is a fairly rural area, but it will be a pleasant day trip for visitors wanting to scope out the local scene.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it's often visited by visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.


There aren't any restaurants right on this coastal destination, so you may choose to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Vacationers searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Palmetto Bay doesn't suit their tastes.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Buff Bay, located a short taxi ride away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Windsor Castle Beach offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to nearby attractions. It's located a mile and a half to the east-southeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Annotto Bay, which is located reasonably close-by, so a short ride in a taxi is a solid choice.

Palmetto Bay could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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