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 toward the center of 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 whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Travelers who make a stop at this beach can have a relaxing time without sacrificing the chance to meet new people.

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

Zion Hill Beach offers those who visit a quiet and peaceful getaway, due to the fact that the location that surrounds the beach is far from urbanized.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Jamaica. Folly Ruins is a brief taxi ride away, and it is one of a number of attractions in the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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

Zion Hill Beach is in the Port Antonio area, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The city of Port Antonio is close-by and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, Port Antonio isn't out of reach at six and a half miles (ten and a half kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may see guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of hotel rooms a car ride away. Some of the closest options are seen in the table 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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to enjoy a meal at a local restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest places to eat is Boston Jerk Centre. The restaurant serves Jamaican cuisine. They are also known for serving barbecue. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a little ways away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurants.

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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Zion Hill Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

You might also want to visit Boston Bay Beach, located less than a hundred yards to the south. 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 some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, so visiting Zion Hill Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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