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.

Situated 4.7 miles west of Ocho Rios, Steer Town Beach is on the North edge of Jamaica. You should 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 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.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Steer Town Beach at all, it's worth a try. There are plenty of dining experiences in Jamaica that visitors can partake in, but dining at the beach can be especially enjoyable. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Steer Town Beach. Shower facilities are available, so you can rinse off before heading back to your hotel. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas, so guests looking for a break from the hot sun will not be disappointed. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North coast of Jamaica; it will be near other attractions like RIU Ocho Rios Casino, which is only a short distance away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Jamaica, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is Annandale Great House, which is one of the closest historical attractions in the area surrounding Steer Town Beach.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Steer Town Beach is very close to St. Ann's Bay, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The closest town is St. Ann's Bay, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the coast, St. Ann's Bay isn't far off, maybe three and a half miles (five kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Visitors trying to find a place to stay close to the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from nearby. You will find the closest booking options by perusing those listed 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


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Bamboo Blu is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has International cuisine. They are also known for serving seafood.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

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

There are other beaches in Jamaica you might like besides Steer Town Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Fisherman's Beach, situated a short taxi ride away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, St. Ann's Bay may be just what you're looking for. It's located two and a half miles to the west-northwest.

Another location you may want to try is 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.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Jamaica; then again, Steer Town Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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