Yerba Buena Beach

The sand is dark and the water may at times be tumultuous here, but this beach provides a beautiful view of the Caribbean behind a rocky cliff and there's a nearby hiking trail.

Located toward the center of Saint Mary Parish, 1.4 miles north of Robins Bay, Yerba Buena Beach is on the North East edge of Jamaica. You might want regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Yerba Buena Beach is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in Jamaica may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as Yerba Buena Beach, but are usually more crowded since they're right in the thick of tourists' favorite hangouts.

Amenities and Ambiance

Relatively isolated and with soft sand, you might enjoy a few hours of meandering and beach combing here, with a long walk down the adjacent trail or maybe a picnic lunch. A few accommodations exist nearby but there's no adjacent town.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Yerba Buena Beach offers visitors a calm and relaxing environment, in part because the region surrounding the beach is far from urbanized.

What's Nearby


Yerba Buena Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on Jamaica's North East coast. Brimmer Hall Estate is found five and a half miles away, and it is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Firefly. This museum is located seven and a half miles away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Yerba Buena Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Brimmer Hall Estate Historical Site 5.5 W Jamaica
Firefly Museum 7.5 NW Jamaica
Galina Lighthouse Lighthouse 8.0 NW Jamaica
Harmony Hall Art Gallery 16.9 WNW Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 17.2 W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest part of Jamaica to Yerba Buena Beach is Robins Bay. This destination is only a mile and a half from the beach, meaning a trip here doesn't have to take all day. This part of Jamaica is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may meet guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Though there aren't many places to stay within a several miles, the ones found nearest to the water are listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Yerba Buena Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Robin's Bay Village and Beach Resort 0.7 mi. S Resort
Casa Maria Hotel 7.1 mi. NW Hotel
Blue Harbour Guest House and Villas 7.3 mi. NW Villa complex
Galina Breeze Hotel 7.3 mi. NW B & B


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat right on this location, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch for your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Yerba Buena Beach in Jamaica.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Port Maria Beach, found a short taxi ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Golden Grove Beach. You'll find it seven miles to the southeast.

Another option worth considering is Annotto Bay, which is located fairly close-by, which means a quick ride in a taxi is a solid choice.

Yerba Buena Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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