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 the northern part of Hanover Parish, 0.5 miles northeast of Sandy Bay, this beach is on the North West coast of Jamaica. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Jamaica's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, but you'll find Sandy Bay to be a little calmer than most, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

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.

There is also a concession stand available.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby


Sandy Bay is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on Jamaica's North West coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Tryall Golf Course, which is three quarters of a mile away.

Historic attractions, including Barbican Estate, offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Sandy Bay, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Jamaica's past, without venturing too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this shore is just a quick cab ride or walk from this site of historical interest.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in Jamaica. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 section of Jamaica to this beach is Sandy Bay. This interesting part of Jamaica is only a half mile from the coast, so you needn't use up an entire day here. Sandy Bay is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it can attract visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

Since this beach is in a fairly popular tourist area, it typically isn't that tough to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. For vacationers looking to find a place that's near the beach, the table that follows shows the 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're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Raldz Internet Cafe is one of the closest eateries.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Jamaica, so if Sandy Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If the active mood at Sandy Bay is what you're looking for, think about heading to Cousin's Cove, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it 13 miles to the west. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Tom Pipers Bay could be a good option for you. It is located a quick car or cab ride away.

You may also enjoy Tyrall Beach, which is located less than a mile to the east.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Sandy Bay is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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