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.

Situated in Portland Parish, 0.9 miles east-southeast of Fairy Hill, Zion Hill Beach is on the East coast of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying nearby. Vacationers who want their beach to have a little bit of everything——a hint of seclusion, with a somewhat social scene—— may want to give Zion Hill Beach a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's not dead and empty either.

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, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

If you find that you choose coasts which offer those who visit a quiet place to escape, then you will want to try Zion Hill Beach; it's back in a less urban sector of the region.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on Jamaica's East coast; it's located near attractions like Folly Ruins, which is six miles to the west-northwest.

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

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
Old Pera Windmill Historical Site 20.0 S Jamaica
Sun Coast Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park 24.9 SW Jamaica
Bull Bay Football Club Spectator Teams and Clubs 26.5 SW Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Kingston, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the coast, Port Antonio is a car ride off, about six and a half miles (ten and a half kilometers) away.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. The area does not have very many large hotels, but you may meet guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a decent number of places to stay which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient options can be viewed in the list below.

Accommodations near Zion Hill Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tropical Lagoon 2.0 mi. WNW Hotel
Great Huts 2.2 mi. SE Lodge
Geejam 3.5 mi. W Hotel
Mocking Bird Hill 3.8 mi. W Lodge
Jamaica Palace Hotel 4.1 mi. W Hotel
Hotel Tim Bamboo 5.9 mi. W Hotel
Mango Ridge Guest Cottages 6.3 mi. W Cottages
Demontevin Lodge Hotel 6.4 mi. W Hotel
Jamaica Heights Resort -- -- Cottages
San San Tropez 7.4 mi. W Hotel


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Boston Jerk Centre. The restaurant features Jamaican cuisine. They are also famous for their barbecue. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

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

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, European Fine Dining 2.6 mi. W
Bushbar (876) 993-7000 Jamaican Informal 3.5 mi. W
Woody's Low Bridge Place (876) 436-5624 Jamaican Very Casual -- --
The Veranda (876) 633-7100 International Fine Dining 4.8 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices in Jamaica besides Zion Hill Beach.

You might also want to visit Boston Bay Beach, 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.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Jamaica, but a trip to Zion Hill Beach could end up a family favorite.


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