San San Beach

San San Beach is a private beach near Frenchman's Cove for guests of surrounding resorts. One of the biggest scuba diving reefs is near San San Beach for experienced and adventurous scuba divers, while smaller reefs perfect for snorkeling are just off the coast. Rent equipment or book fishing expeditions here and check out the lunch bar for a snack or island cocktail.

Set in the heart of Portland Parish, 1.1 miles east of Drapers, San San Beach is on the East edge of Jamaica. You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Visitors will find that, while San San Beach is by no means quiet and secluded, you wouldn't necessarily call it a busy beach either. It's the perfect choice for vacationers who want to enjoy a beach with mild activity without getting stuck in the most crowded parts of town.

How to Access The Beach
San San Beach is located just off A4, down a crudely paved road that leads directly to the sand, however, most people access the beach through their resort.

Amenities and Ambiance

San San Beach has a narrow but lengthy white sandy beach with palm trees and bright topaz waters. A variety of small reefs are just off shore for good snorkeling, and a small island can be seen from the sand.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface. Visitors and locals come to enjoy the beaches at San San, while the shores are also home to the owners of wealthy homes that are along the nearby peninsula of Alligator Head.

What's Nearby


San San Beach is on Jamaica's East coast. Folly Ruins is a short taxi ride away, and it is one of the attractions close-by.

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 San San Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Folly Ruins Historical Site 3.1 W Jamaica
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.3 WNW Jamaica
Christ Church Historical Site 3.6 W Jamaica
Port Antonio Craft Market Shopping Center 3.8 W Jamaica
Old Pera Windmill Historical Site 21.5 S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

San San Beach is very close to Port Antonio, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find Port Antonio, a city which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the shore, Port Antonio is a fairly short distance away, maybe four miles (six kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent number of hotel rooms within a car's reach. Some of the closest possibilities are seen in the table below.

Accommodations near San San Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Resort at Wilks Bay 0.2 mi. NW Villa complex
Goblin Hill Villas at San San 0.3 mi. SE Villa complex
Frenchman's Cove Resort 0.4 mi. W Villa complex
Tropical Lagoon 0.7 mi. ESE Hotel
Geejam 0.8 mi. W Hotel
Mocking Bird Hill 1.3 mi. W Lodge
Jamaica Palace Hotel 1.4 mi. W Hotel
Trident Hotel 2.0 mi. WNW Villa complex
Match Resort 2.0 mi. W Cottages
Hotel Tim Bamboo 3.2 mi. W Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. Mille Fleurs is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has both Caribbean and Fusion menu items. They are also known for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a little ways away.

A list of nearby restaurants is listed below.

Restaurants near San San Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Mille Fleurs (876) 993-7267 Caribbean, Fusion Fine Dining 0.3 mi. SSE
Bushbar (876) 993-7000 Jamaican Informal 0.8 mi. W
The Veranda (876) 633-7100 International Fine Dining 2.0 mi. WNW
Boston Jerk Centre -- Jamaican Very Casual 2.7 mi. ESE
Wi Yard Anna Banana's (876) 542-1497 Caribbean Informal 3.0 mi. W
Yosch Restaurant (876) 993-3053 International Very Casual 3.4 mi. W
Marybelle's Pub on the Pier (876) 413-9731 Jamaican Very Casual 3.8 mi. W
San San Tropez (876) 993-7213 International, Italian Very Casual 4.7 mi. W

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides San San Beach in Jamaica.

Vacationers may also want to visit Zion Hill Beach, which is located three miles away.

While Jamaica has many alluring attractions, a trip to San San Beach could end up a family favorite.


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