Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay is located on Jamaica's western coast, in a town known for its abundance of churches rather than beaches. Still, the beach is a beautiful one, and though it is located off one of the island's main roads, it remains a quiet and calm place to plan a day.

Located in Hanover Parish, 0.5 miles northeast of Sandy Bay, this beach is on the North West coast of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. Those of you who spend part of the afternoon at this beach can have a relaxing time without missing the chance to do a little people watching.

How to Access The Beach

Sandy Bay is located directly off Norman Manley Boulevard. Simply exit the road, park on the grass, and head to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Sandy Bay is a small little swatch of land featuring dark tan sand and mesmerizing blue green waters.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

What's Nearby


Sandy Bay is on Jamaica's North West coast. It is near some interesting sites like Tryall Golf Course, which is located three quarters of a mile away, and it is one of the popular spots in the area.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Jamaica, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is Barbican Estate, which is two miles to the west.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Sandy Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Tryall Golf Course Golf Course 0.8 E Jamaica
Barbican Estate Historical Site 2.1 W Jamaica
Grand Palladium Casino Casino 5.3 W Jamaica
Hanover Museum Museum 6.5 W Jamaica
Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge Slot Machine Arcade 9.5 E Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The nearest part of Jamaica to this beach is Sandy Bay. This location is just a half mile away, meaning it shouldn't take too long to make a visit. This region of Jamaica is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular tourist area, it shouldn't be that tough to find the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. For those wanting to book a place that's near the water, the table that follows lists the accommodation options closest to Sandy Bay.

Accommodations near Sandy Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa 5.2 W Resort
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa 5.3 W Hotel
Chateau Margarita 6.0 E Hotel


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is Raldz Internet Cafe.

The following table lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Sandy Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Raldz Internet Cafe (876) 953-5213 -- -- -- --
Sky Beach Bar and Grill (876) 956-5006 Jamaican Informal 2.9 mi. E
Smoked Marlin Restaurant (876) 609-4181 -- -- -- --
Wifey's Pizza (876) 956-5310 Italian -- -- --
Round Hill Dining Room (876) 956-7050 Caribbean Fine Dining 3.9 mi. E

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Jamaica besides Sandy Bay.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Sandy Bay is what you're looking for, consider heading to Cousin's Cove, a beach with a similar ambiance. It is located 13 miles to the west. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Tom Pipers Bay is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it a short taxi ride away.

You might also want to visit Tyrall Beach, which is located within a short distance.

While Jamaica has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at Sandy Bay is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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