Port Maria Beach

This developed area boasts a busy beach just perfect for a long, engaging stroll. There's so much to see and do right around this beach, including people watching, beach combing or wading and swimming in the warm waters.

Set in Port Maria, this beach is on the North East edge of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Those searching for a somewhat calm, but somewhat social beach in Jamaica may want to give Port Maria Beach a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's not dead and empty either.

Amenities and Ambiance

Port Maria is the name of the town that rests on this shoreline as well as the beach itself. From this bay beach you can look out to a tiny island called Cabarita. Both sides of the beach have little capes, one which turns to rocky cliff.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

Port Maria Beach as well as its choice of comforts are of course found well within an active, busy area. With that fact in mind, if you feel that these amenities affect whether you'll visit, it is a smart idea to make it there earlier in the day before most of the crowds do or perhaps try a beach further away. If you do not, you could risk all the amenities becoming unavailable.

What's Nearby


Found on Jamaica's North East coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Firefly, which is pretty close, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Port Maria Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Firefly Museum 1.6 NNW Jamaica
Brimmer Hall Estate Historical Site 2.5 S Jamaica
Galina Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.7 N Jamaica
Clonmel Potters Gallery Art Gallery 6.9 SW Jamaica
Harmony Hall Art Gallery 9.5 W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The nearest section in Jamaica to this beach is Port Maria. This interesting part of Jamaica is just a quarter mile from the beach, which means it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. Keep in mind that Port Maria is certainly not a bustling region, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors who want to see more of the area.


How many other people you encounter at Port Maria Beach will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may meet guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Though you'll find very few hotels nearby, the nearest ones have been listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Port Maria Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Maria Hotel 1.1 NNW Hotel
GoldenEye 4.7 NW Resort
Golden Seas Beach Resort 4.8 WNW Resort


Though this location isn't located in the culinary epicenter of the area, you'll still have some choices, particularly if you are prepared to drive a bit. One of the nearest restaurants is Dean Meat Mart & Deli, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Port Maria Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Dean Meat Mart & Deli (876) 725-0350 -- -- -- --
Bizot Bar (876) 622-9007 American, Jamaican Informal 4.5 mi. NW
The Gazebo (876) 622-9007 International Fine Dining 4.5 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Port Maria Beach.

If the exciting vibe at Port Maria Beach has you wanting more of the same, consider also visiting Yerba Buena Beach, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it six miles to the southeast. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, James Bond Beach could be a good option for you. You'll find it a short taxi ride away.

Travelers may also want to consider Port Maria North, located three quarters of a mile away.

Maybe Port Maria Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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