Steer Town Beach

This beach has soft white sand with a few patches of famous Caribbean pink sand. Trees line the back side of the beach, but nothing sits on the sand or shore itself. Development hovers nearby but skips the beach itself.

Located 4.7 miles west of Ocho Rios, Steer Town Beach is on the North coast of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Couples and families who want to have more of the beach to themselves might want to plan a visit to Steer Town Beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Situated in a bay and with a wide stretch of sand, this is a very pretty beach that meets the warm Caribbean sea.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Steer Town Beach, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around Jamaica, but some meals are best enjoyed spontaneously, in a truly casual setting. Many visitors, in fact, would sooner enjoy lunch on the sand, than lunch at a full-service restaurant. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. Shower facilities are available, so you can rinse off the sand. You'll also find chairs and umbrellas here, so visitors looking for a break from the hot sun will get their wish. The water in the area is fit for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Steer Town Beach on Jamaica's North coast. It is near RIU Ocho Rios Casino, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

History-focused attractions such as Annandale Great House are the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Steer Town Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Jamaica's past, without having to go too far from the beach.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Steer Town Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
RIU Ocho Rios Casino Casino 1.0 NW Jamaica
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 3.3 ESE Jamaica
Annandale Great House Historical Site 3.6 S Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 6.5 ESE Jamaica
Chukka Caribbean Adventure's Original Canopy Tour Zip Line Site 7.7 W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find St. Ann's Bay, a town which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, St. Ann's Bay is not far away, about three and a half miles (five kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Visitors trying to find a place to stay close to Steer Town Beach won't have a difficult time, as there are plenty of resorts and hotels to pick from in the area. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing what's shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Steer Town Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa 0.8 mi. NW Resort
Riu Ocho Rios 1.0 mi. NW Resort
Tranquility Cove -- -- Resort
Fisherman's Point 3.1 mi. ESE Resort
SandCastles Resort 3.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Crane Ridge Suites 3.3 mi. ESE Resort
Rooms On The Beach 3.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Moon Palace Jamacia Grande 3.3 mi. E Resort
Pineapple Court Hotel 3.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Village Hotel 3.4 mi. E Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Steer Town Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Bamboo Blu. The restaurant features International food. They're also renowned for their seafood.

Nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near Steer Town Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bamboo Blu -- International Very Casual -- --
Whalers (876) 530-7897 Caribbean Very Casual 3.0 mi. ESE
Oceans 11 Seafood Restaurant (876) 974-6896 International, Thai -- 3.0 mi. ESE
Blue Runnings (876) 675-8794 Jamaican Very Casual 3.1 mi. ESE
Coconuts On The Bay Restaurant & Bar (876) 795-0064 International, Jamaican -- 3.1 mi. ESE
Little Pub Restaurant (876) 974-2324 Bar and grill Very Casual -- --
Be In Good Health Restaurant (876) 972-9891 -- -- -- --
Lee's Fast Food (876) 972-2270 -- -- -- --
One Click Internet Cafe (876) 972-7979 -- -- -- --
Papa Rome Pizza (876) 973-4435 Italian -- -- --
Quickbite Restaurant (876) 972-1505 -- -- -- --
Fusion Restaurant and Bar (800) 971-5100 Jamaican Informal 3.3 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Jamaica, so Steer Town Beach is not your only option.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Fisherman's Beach, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. Others might prefer St. Ann's Bay, which could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's found two and a half miles to the west-northwest.

You may also enjoy Dunn's River Beach, located a mile to the east-southeast. Dunn's River Beach offers vacationers the chance to get a bird's eye view of Jamaica from the top of its majestic falls.

There's plenty to see and do in Jamaica, and paying a visit to Steer Town Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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