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 in Portland Parish, 0.9 miles east-southeast of Fairy Hill, Zion Hill Beach is on the East coast of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. The surrounding area isn't overflowing with tourists, but that is not to say you won't find things to do here.

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 plan to spend a full day in the sun. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to see the underwater world.

If you usually desire beaches which grant a quiet enclave, then you may want to try Zion Hill Beach; it is hidden away in a more natural section of the region.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on Jamaica's East coast. It is near some interesting sites like Folly Ruins, which is located six miles away, and it is one of the attractions in the area.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. 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
Portland Art Gallery Art Gallery 7.0 W Jamaica
Old Pera Windmill Historical Site 20.0 S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Port Antonio is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the beach, Port Antonio is a little ways off, maybe six and a half miles (ten and a half kilometers) away.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can appeal to guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Guests will find a fairly wide variety of hotel options to pick from in the area surrounding the beach. The most convenient of which are shown 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
San San Tropez 7.4 mi. W Hotel


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. Boston Jerk Centre is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Jamaican food. They're also renowned for their barbecue. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are shown 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, Fusion 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

Jamaica has many beaches, so if Zion Hill Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Another option worth considering is Boston Bay Beach, located only a short distance 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 plenty to offer its visitors, and Zion Hill Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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