Priory Beach

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

Located toward the eastern outskirts of Priory, Priory Beach is on the North edge of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Families and groups of friends who decide to check out this beach will enjoy escaping the buzz of city life without sacrificing the chance to meet new people.

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.

There is also a great restaurant right on-site if you're interested; many find it the perfect, convenient solution for lunch. There are many types of dining experiences to be had in Jamaica, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially memorable. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

Priory Beach does have public restrooms for your convenience. Additionally, you will have access to umbrellas and chairs, so visitors looking for a break from the hot sun will not go leave unhappy. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

What's Nearby


Found on Jamaica's North coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Chukka Caribbean Adventure's Original Canopy Tour, which is three miles away.

Historical attractions such as Annandale Great House offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Priory Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Jamaica.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. 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
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 6.1 ESE Jamaica
Runaway Bay Golf Course Golf Course 7.0 W Jamaica
Annandale Great House Historical Site 7.1 SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of St. Ann's Bay, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, St. Ann's Bay isn't far off, about one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a pretty popular tourist area, it usually isn't all that tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. For those hoping to get a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows shows the accommodations 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
Cove Villas -- -- Villa complex
Riu Ocho Rios 3.6 mi. E Resort
Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa 3.8 mi. E Resort
Silver Palms Hotel 4.2 mi. ESE Villa complex
Royal Decameron Club Caribbean 5.8 mi. W Resort
Tamarind Tree Resort Hotel 6.4 mi. W Resort
Tranquility Cove -- -- Resort
Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort by Curio 6.5 mi. W Resort


While the area surrounding Priory Beach isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you're prepared to venture a little farther away. One of the nearest places to eat is Seaside Dutchie, which is just a short distance away.

The table below lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Priory Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Seaside Dutchie (876) 794-8227 Jamaican, Vegetarian Informal 0.1 mi. WNW
Bamboo Blu -- International Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Priory Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out in Jamaica.

You may also enjoy Little Laughlands Bay, located three miles away.

Jamaica has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Priory Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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