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.
This beach is right off the A-1 and has an access road. You can't miss it.
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.
Priory Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on Jamaica's North coast.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.
|Zip Line Site||3.2||W||Jamaica|
|Runaway Bay Golf Course||Golf Course||7.0||W||Jamaica|
|Annandale Great House||Historical Site||7.1||SE||Jamaica|
Priory Beach is very close to, 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.
|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|
|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.
The table below lists places to eat near this beach.
|Bamboo Blu||--||International||Very Casual||--||--|
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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