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.

Set 4.7 miles west of Ocho Rios, Steer Town Beach is on the North coast of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Couples and families who want to have more of the beach to themselves shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit 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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Every region in the Caribbean has its own style of cuisine, and Jamaica is no different. One of the best places to enjoy delicious local specialties is right on the water. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Steer Town Beach. Showers are provided for visitors, so you can rinse off the sand. In addition, you'll find chairs and umbrellas, so visitors looking for relief from the sultry island sun will not be disappointed. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on Jamaica's North coast; it's located near attractions like RIU Ocho Rios Casino, which is a mile away.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Firefly (located a drivable distance away) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view Jamaica's traditions and culture.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Steer Town Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
RIU Ocho Rios Casino Casino 1.0 NW Jamaica
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 1.5 ESE Jamaica
Annandale Great House Historical Site 3.6 S Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 6.5 ESE Jamaica
Harmony Hall Art Gallery 7.1 E Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of St. Ann's Bay is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the coast, St. Ann's Bay is just up the road, roughly three and a half miles (five kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is located in a pretty touristed area, it is not typically all that difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. If you're hoping to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the table below shows the accommodations closest to Steer Town Beach.

Accommodations near Steer Town Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Silver Palms Hotel 0.4 mi. W Villa complex
Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa 0.8 mi. NW Resort
Riu Ocho Rios 1.0 mi. NW Resort
Cove Villas -- -- Villa complex
Tranquility Cove -- -- Resort
Columbus Heights Condominiums 2.9 mi. ESE Villa complex
Skycastles Condominiums 2.9 mi. ESE Villa complex
Fisherman's Point 3.1 mi. ESE Resort
SandCastles Resort 3.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Rooms On The Beach 3.3 mi. ESE Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. Bamboo Blu is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves International cuisine. Visitors often rave about their seafood.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Steer Town Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bamboo Blu -- International Very Casual -- --
Whalers (876) 290-5817 Caribbean Very Casual 3.0 mi. ESE
Lobster Dave Seafood (876) 809-9791 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 3.0 mi. ESE
Oceans 11 Seafood Restaurant (876) 974-6896 International, Thai -- 3.0 mi. ESE
Margaritaville Ocho Rios (876) 675-8976 American, Jamaican Informal 3.0 mi. ESE
Evita's Italian Restaurant (876) 974-2333 Fusion, Italian, Jamaican Informal 3.1 mi. ESE
Jam-Fusion Restaurant (876) 830-6213 Jamaican Informal 3.3 mi. ESE
John Crow's Tavern (876) 974-5895 American Very Casual 3.3 mi. ESE
Mama Marley's (876) 974-0197 International Informal 3.4 mi. ESE
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal 3.4 mi. E
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 3.4 mi. ESE
Ocho Rios Village Jerk Centre (876) 974-2549 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 3.4 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Steer Town Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Fisherman's Beach, located a quick car or cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might like St. Ann's Bay. It's located two and a half miles to the west-northwest.

Travelers may also want to consider Dunn's River Beach, located only a short distance away. Dunn's River Beach offers vacationers the chance to get a bird's eye view of Jamaica from the top of its majestic falls.

Perhaps Steer Town Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Jamaica you might like.


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