St. Ann's Bay

The best feature about this beach is that its on a small cove and the cape here spouts beautiful splashing waves. Close to amenities but not dominated by urban sprawl, the proximity to the town makes this beach feel like a special escape.

Located near the heart of Saint Ann Parish, this beach is on the North coast of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. Not looking forward to staking out a spot at a busy beach? All the more reason you should find a beach that isn't surrounded by thousands of hotel rooms; beaches less-traveled like St. Ann's Bay allow you much more room to spread out and feel comfortable.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. The water in the area is fit for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby


Positioned on Jamaica's North coast; this area boasts other attractions such as RIU Ocho Rios Casino, which is only a short distance away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Firefly, a lovely museum found a little ways away, but can be reached in the car, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near St. Ann's Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
RIU Ocho Rios Casino Casino 1.6 ESE Jamaica
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 4.0 ESE Jamaica
Chukka Caribbean Adventure's Original Canopy Tour Zip Line Site 5.3 W Jamaica
Annandale Great House Historical Site 5.6 SE Jamaica
Runaway Bay Golf Course Golf Course 9.1 W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Ocho Rios, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, St. Ann's Bay isn't far off, roughly a mile (a kilometer and a half).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Because this beach is in a pretty popular vacation area, it shouldn't be all that difficult to find just the right kind of hotel close-by. If you are looking to book a place that's near the water, the following table lists the accommodation options closest to St. Ann's Bay.

Accommodations near St. Ann's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cove Villas -- -- Villa complex
Riu Ocho Rios 1.6 mi. ESE Resort
Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa 1.8 mi. ESE Resort
Silver Palms Hotel 2.2 mi. SE Villa complex
Seacrest Beach Hotel 2.4 mi. W Hotel
Columbus Inn 2.4 mi. W Hotel
Tranquility Cove -- -- Resort
Columbus Heights Condominiums 5.5 mi. ESE Villa complex
Skycastles Condominiums 5.5 mi. ESE Villa complex
Fisherman's Point 5.7 mi. ESE Resort


Though there aren't many widely-known restaurants nearby, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, particularly if you are prepared to drive a bit. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Bamboo Blu, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

A few nearby dining options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near St. Ann's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bamboo Blu -- International Very Casual -- --
Seaside Dutchie (876) 794-8227 Jamaican, Vegetarian Informal 2.2 mi. W

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Jamaica besides St. Ann's Bay worth visiting.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Fisherman's Beach, situated a quick car or cab ride away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might enjoy people watching at Steer Town Beach. It's found two and a half miles to the east-southeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Priory Beach, located two miles away.

Jamaica has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and dropping by St. Ann's Bay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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