Priory Beach

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

Located in Priory, Priory Beach is on the North coast of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Priory Beach may be one of the few active beaches in Jamaica that's rarely packed with crowds of beachgoers. If you want to avoid Jamaica's highly secluded beaches, dut don't want to be overwhelmed by crowds of hotel guests, this beach offers a nice middle ground.

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.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. There are various types of dining experiences in Jamaica that visitors can partake in, but eating at the beach can be a particularly memorable one. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

Restrooms are available at Priory Beach. In addition, you'll find umbrellas and chairs, so visitors looking for some respite from the sun will not go leave unhappy. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North coast of Jamaica. It is near Chukka Caribbean Adventure's Original Canopy Tour, which is seen three miles away, and it is one of a few attractions in the area.

Historical attractions like Annandale Great House offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Priory Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about Jamaica, without having to stray too far from the beach.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Jamaica. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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
Runaway Bay Golf Course Golf Course 7.0 W Jamaica
Annandale Great House Historical Site 7.1 SE Jamaica
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 7.9 ESE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Ocho Rios, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the coast, St. Ann's Bay is a fairly short distance away, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked rooms nearby. Priory Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Travelers seeking a hotel room not far from the beach shouldn't find it that tough, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from nearby. Find the closest and most convenient lodging options by perusing what's shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Priory Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Seacrest Beach Hotel 0.4 NW Hotel
Columbus Inn 0.5 NW Hotel
Riu Ocho Rios 3.6 E Resort


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the nearest places to eat is Be In Good Health Restaurant.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Priory Beach.

You may also want to consider Little Laughlands Bay, which is located three miles to the west-northwest.

Priory Beach 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 keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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