Priory Beach

A nice beach with easy public access and a very friendly vibe on Jamaica's northern coast.

Situated in Priory, Priory Beach is on the North edge of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close. One beach that tends to attract a broad range of travelers is Priory Beach, which is generally active and popular, but rarely packed with crowds of beachgoers. If you'd rather socialize than take a nap on a completely empty beach, but don't want to fight the crowds every step of the way, this beach is right in the middle.

How to Access The Beach

This beach is right off the A-1 and has an access road. You can't miss it.

Amenities and Ambiance

Enjoy calm bay waters, nearby attractions and amenities and soft white sand at this public beach.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around Jamaica, but don't think that table-side service and a lengthy menu are necessary to enjoy a tasty meal. Some visitors, in fact, find it more convenient and relaxing to eat on near the beach than in another restaurant. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

Restrooms are available at Priory Beach. You'll also find chairs and umbrellas here, so visitors hoping for relief from the sultry island sun will not be disappointed. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

What's Nearby


Priory Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on Jamaica's North coast. Chukka Caribbean Adventure's Original Canopy Tour is a short cab ride's distance, and it is one of the favorite local destinations.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Coyaba River Garden and Museum, a lovely museum found eight miles away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Priory Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Chukka Caribbean Adventure's Original Canopy Tour Zip Line Site 3.2 W Jamaica
RIU Ocho Rios Casino Casino 3.6 E Jamaica
Mystic Mountain Amusement/Theme Park 6.5 ESE Jamaica
Runaway Bay Golf Course Golf Course 7.0 W Jamaica
Annandale Great House Historical Site 7.1 SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Priory Beach is very close to St. Ann's Bay, so exploring the city is a convenient option. St. Ann's Bay is nearby and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the coast, St. Ann's Bay is not far away, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may see guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Since this beach is located in a relatively popular tourist destination, it shouldn't be that tough to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are looking to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows shows the options closest to Priory Beach.

Accommodations near Priory Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Seacrest Beach Hotel 0.4 mi. NW Hotel
Columbus Inn 0.5 mi. NW Hotel
Ocean Front Resort 3.3 mi. E Resort
Riu Ocho Rios 3.6 mi. E Resort
Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa 3.8 mi. E Resort
Royal Decameron Club Caribbean 5.8 mi. W Resort
Tamarind Tree Resort Hotel 6.4 mi. W Resort
Tranquility Cove -- -- Resort
Runaway Bay Heart Hotel 6.6 mi. W Hotel
The Cardiff Hotel and Spa 7.0 mi. W Resort


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Priory Beach; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Be In Good Health Restaurant.

The table below lists places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Priory Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Be In Good Health Restaurant (876) 972-9891 -- -- -- --
Lee's Fast Food (876) 972-2270 -- -- -- --
One Click Internet Cafe (876) 972-7979 -- -- -- --
Papa Rome Pizza (876) 973-4435 Italian -- -- --
Quickbite Restaurant (876) 972-1505 -- -- -- --
Bamboo Blu -- International Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Jamaica, so if Priory Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Vacationers may also want to visit Little Laughlands Bay, which is located three miles away.

Jamaica has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, so visiting Priory Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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