Starve Gut Bay

This beach sits on Starve Guy Bay and is surrounded by interesting topography and cliffs. The sand is darker than the dazzling white sand found on the other side of the island but is soft and cool on your feet. You may find utter seclusion here, or possibly just a few visitors from a nearby hotel.

Set in Saint Elizabeth Parish, 3.7 miles northwest of downtown Treasure Beach, Starve Gut Bay is on the West coast of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by whether or not you are staying in the immediate vicinity. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like Jamaica. While Starve Gut Bay might be a little harder to reach, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

If you usually favor sunny days that provide a serene environment, then a good choice for you is Starve Gut Bay; it is found within a less urbanized section of Jamaica.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Starve Gut Bay on Jamaica's West coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Lover's Leap Lighthouse, which is a brief cab ride away.

History-focused attractions such as Bloomfield Great House are a nice compliment to a soothing day at Starve Gut Bay, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Jamaica's past, without having to leave the coast. Actually, this shore will be found a drivable distance from this place of historical interest.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Starve Gut Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Lover's Leap Lighthouse Lighthouse 10.0 ESE Jamaica
Jamaica Fun Farm Museum 10.8 N Jamaica
Art 'n' Tings Handicraft Dealers 10.9 NE Jamaica
Bamboo Alley Scenic Trail 13.4 N Jamaica
Appleton Estate Rum Distillery Distillery 17.3 N Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest city to Starve Gut Bay is Treasure Beach, which is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a pleasant day trip for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the shore, Treasure Beach is a quick trip away, maybe three and a half miles (six kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Starve Gut Bay will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can attract visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

Vacationers will find a fairly wide selection of resort and hotel options to choose from in the area around the beach. The most convenient of which can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near Starve Gut Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Two Seasons Guest House 3.0 SE Guest house
Treasure Beach Hotel 3.4 SE Resort
Golden Sands Beach Cottage 3.7 SE Resort


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is Yabba Restaurant. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and Jamaican menu items. They are also known for serving seafood. The restaurant is pretty nearby, so a quick car or cab ride is a good option.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed below.

Restaurants near Starve Gut Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Yabba Restaurant (876) 965-0114 Caribbean, Jamaican Informal 3.4 mi. SE
Frenchman's Reef Restaurant & Bar (876) 965-3049 International, Jamaican Very Casual 3.7 mi. SE
South Jammin' Sports Bar & Restaurant (876) 377-4817 International, Jamaican Very Casual 3.7 mi. SE
Jack Sprat Restaurant (876) 965-3583 Caribbean Informal 3.9 mi. SE
Jake's Resort Restaurant (876) 993-8400 Jamaican Informal 3.9 mi. SE
Marblue Gourmet (876) 965-3408 International Fine Dining 4.4 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Jamaica besides Starve Gut Bay.

Another location you might enjoy is Frenchman's Bay, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Hunt Bay. It's located nine and a half miles to the northwest.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Billy Bay, located within a short distance.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Jamaica; then again, visiting Starve Gut Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Jamaica even more memorable.


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