Zion Hill Beach

A crescent shaped patch of sand in the middle of a small round bay, this beach offers protected and warm waters for swimming and a clear ocean floor.

Located just outside the heart of Portland Parish, 0.9 miles east-southeast of Fairy Hill, Zion Hill Beach is on the East edge of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. A surprisingly wide range of visitors end up loving Zion Hill Beach; it's not too far off the beaten path, plus it's usually not over-crowded. If you prefer to avoid Jamaica's quiet, secluded beaches, but don't want to fight the crowds every step of the way, this beach might be the perfect spot to spend a few hours.

Amenities and Ambiance

Enjoy an isolated locale here at Zion Hill. No buildings flank this beach, just brush, trees and a rocky cape on one edge.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Zion Hill Beach offers those who visit a quiet and tranquil environment, in part because the surrounding area contains little build-up and is free of urbanization.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on Jamaica's East coast. It's located near Folly Ruins, which is an easy taxi ride away, and it is one of a few popular spots in the area.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Zion Hill Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Folly Ruins Historical Site 5.8 WNW Jamaica
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 6.1 WNW Jamaica
Christ Church Historical Site 6.3 W Jamaica
Port Antonio Craft Market Shopping Center 6.5 W Jamaica
Old Pera Windmill Historical Site 20.0 S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Port Antonio, a town which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the beach, Port Antonio is found maybe six and a half miles (ten and a half kilometers) away.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may see guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a pretty good range of hotel booking options to choose from close to the beach. The most accessible of which can be viewed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Zion Hill Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tropical Lagoon 2.0 mi. WNW Hotel
Great Huts 2.2 mi. SE Lodge
Goblin Hill Villas at San San 2.5 mi. WNW Villa complex
Resort at Wilks Bay 3.0 mi. WNW Villa complex
Frenchman's Cove Resort 3.2 mi. WNW Villa complex
Geejam 3.5 mi. W Hotel
Mocking Bird Hill 3.9 mi. W Lodge
Jamaica Palace Hotel 4.1 mi. W Hotel
Trident Hotel 4.8 mi. WNW Villa complex
Match Resort 4.8 mi. WNW Cottages


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. Boston Jerk Centre is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Jamaican cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their barbecue. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Zion Hill Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Boston Jerk Centre -- Jamaican Very Casual 0.1 mi. NW
Mille Fleurs (876) 993-7267 Caribbean, Fusion Fine Dining 2.6 mi. W
Bushbar (876) 993-7000 Jamaican Informal 3.5 mi. W
Restaurant Chill Out Beach Bar (876) 913-7171 -- -- 4.6 mi. SE
The Veranda (876) 633-7100 International Fine Dining 4.8 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Zion Hill Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng in Jamaica.

Vacationers may also want to visit Boston Bay Beach, which is located less than a hundred yards away. The jerk chicken and pork stands lining the shore are just as popular as the beaches at Boston Bay. Here, the waters are unprotected, offering some of the finest waves for windsurfing and playing in the water. This public beach is a popular spot for socializing and many different entertainment activities like concerts and contests occur along its shores.

Jamaica has so much to offer, and dropping by Zion Hill Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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