Doctor's Cave Beach

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Doctor's Cave beach is rich in history and was first open in 1906. Dr. Alexander James McCatty donated this small stretch of sand, which could only be only accessed through a cave, hence the beach's name. The beach was founded as a bathing club near the seaside. The cave has since been destroyed by a hurricane, and the beach is no longer an exclusive bathing club, but a festive oceanfront location where there's always a party atmosphere. There is an admission fee of $5(USD) for adults, $2.50(USD) for children age 12 and under, and the beach is open daily 8:30am until sunset.

Positioned a quarter mile north-northwest of downtown Montego Bay, Doctor's Cave Beach is on the North West edge of Jamaica. You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. You may notice that beaches throughout Jamaica tend to be fairly quiet and secluded, but Doctor's Cave Beach is the exception.

Amenities and Ambiance

The waters of Doctor's Cave Beach are fed by crystal clear mineral springs, and these extremely gentle waves stay at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The beach's golden sands glimmer in the sultry island sun, and the inviting turquoise waters are perfect for swimming. Sometimes you can even spot brightly colored tropical fish swimming close to the water's surface.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Doctor's Cave Beach. There are so many dining experiences to be enjoyed in Jamaica, but dining at the beach can be a particularly memorable one. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You may also have the option to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Restrooms are available at Doctor's Cave Beach. Shower facilities are available here, so you can rinse off the sand. During the 1920s it was believed that the waters at Doctor's Cove had curative powers, and people from all over the world came to bathe in these waters. Now the beach is a popular place to visit with families, and its shores are almost always packed, especially during the winter months.

With that said, be sure to remember that even if visitors here find a few amenities for you to enjoy while at Doctor's Cave Beach, it happens to be located in an area that sees many visitors. As such, if you know that the amenities make or break a trip, it will be a good reason to get there earlier in the day before most of the other people show up or going to a beach elsewhere. Otherwise, you might be unable to use all those comforts that Doctor's Cave Beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby


Doctor's Cave Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on Jamaica's North West coast. It is close to Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a number of area's attractions.

If you're intrigued by Jamaica's history, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Fort Montego, which is a walk or a short cab ride away.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Doctor's Cave Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge Slot Machine Arcade 0.2 mi. S Jamaica
Fort Montego Historical Site 0.6 mi. SSE Jamaica
Montego Civic Center Convention, Conference and Meeting Space Center 1.0 mi. SSE Jamaica
Gallery of West Indian Art Art Gallery 2.0 mi. SSE Jamaica
Saba Art Gallery & Frames Art Gallery 2.4 mi. ESE Jamaica
Treasure Hunt Montego Bay Casino 2.6 mi. NE Jamaica
Bellefield Great House Historical Site 3.1 mi. SSE Jamaica
Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery Art Gallery 5.8 mi. SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Doctor's Cave Beach is in the Montego Bay area, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Tourists at Doctor's Cave Beach who are hoping to find other opportunities for exploration might think about making the trip to Montego Bay, since it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Jamaica. From the shore, Montego Bay isn't far off, roughly three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those looking to find a place to stay close to Doctor's Cave Beach won't find it very tough, as there are lots of accommodations to pick from nearby. You'll find the closest lodging options by viewing what's listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Doctor's Cave Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Deja Resort 0.0 mi. E Resort
S Hotel Jamaica 0.1 mi. NNE Resort
Caribic House 0.1 mi. S Guest house
Doctor's Cave Beach Hotel 0.1 mi. S Resort
Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach 0.1 mi. N Resort
Wexford Hotel 0.1 mi. NE Hotel
El Greco Resort 0.1 mi. SE Hotel
Royal Decameron Montego Beach Hotel 0.2 mi. NNE Resort
Tobys Resort 0.3 mi. NNE Hotel
Hotel Gloriana 0.3 mi. NE Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Sea View Restaurant. This restaurant has both American and Jamaican cuisines. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown below.

Restaurants near Doctor's Cave Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sea View Restaurant (876) 965-2685 American, Jamaican Informal 0.1 mi. SE
Rosella’s Restaurant (876) 952-2854 Caribbean, Fusion Informal 0.1 mi. NE
Sea View Restaurant and Bar (876) 940-6116 American, Jamaican Informal 0.1 mi. SE
Bubble & Spice (876) 615-3717 Jamaican Informal 0.2 mi. SSW
Marguerites Seafood By the Sea (876) 952-4777 Caribbean Informal 0.2 mi. SSW
The Pelican (876) 952-3171 Jamaican Informal 0.3 mi. S
Toby's Good Eats (876) 952-4370 International, Jamaican Very Casual 0.3 mi. NNE
Grandiosa Hotel Restaurant (876) 979-3205 -- Informal 0.3 mi. E
MoBay Proper (876) 940-1233 Jamaican Very Casual 0.7 mi. SSE
Margaritaville Montego Bay (876) 952-4777 American Very Casual 0.8 mi. SSE
Lee's Pizza (876) 952-5337 International Very Casual 0.8 mi. SSE
KFC Harbour Street -- American Very Casual 0.8 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Jamaica has many beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You may also enjoy Belvedere Beach, which is located within a short distance.

Jamaica has plenty to offer its visitors, so visiting Doctor's Cave Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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