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.

Located a quarter mile north-northwest of downtown Montego Bay, Doctor's Cave Beach is on the North West coast of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Active, fun-seeking vacationers might like this beach due to its urban location. In fact, Doctor's Cave Beach would be especially convenient for guests of the nearby hotels, and those who prefer a crowded city scene over a quiet, suburban one.

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.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Doctor's Cave Beach, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. Every location around the world has its own culinary style, and Jamaica is no different. One of the most convenient, and relaxing spots to experience the local specialties is right next to the coast. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. On some days, it may be possible to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Doctor's Cave Beach. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. 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.

Keep in mind that the immediate vicinity around Doctor's Cave Beach is a bustling area, so the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


This spot is on Jamaica's North West coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

History-focused attractions such as Fort Montego are the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Doctor's Cave Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Jamaica's past, without straying too far from the coastline. In fact, this coast is a half mile to the south-southeast of this site of historical significance.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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
Caribbean Treasures Gaming Lounge Gambling Arcade 0.3 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
Treasure Hunt Montego Bay Casino 1.4 mi. SSE Jamaica
Gallery of West Indian Art Art Gallery 2.6 mi. SSE Jamaica
Bellefield Great House Historical Site 3.1 mi. SSE Jamaica
Vegas Gaming Bogue Gambling Arcade 3.2 mi. S Jamaica
RIU Montego Bay Game Room Slot Machine Arcade 3.9 mi. NE Jamaica
SuperClubs Ironshore Golf & Country Club Golf Course 4.3 mi. ENE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Doctor's Cave Beach is very close to Montego Bay, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Tourists at Doctor's Cave Beach who are hoping to find a little additional excitement might want to consider checking out Montego Bay, which is not far away and is an especially active area of Jamaica. From the beach, Montego Bay is a quick trip away, about three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Guests seeking a room not far from the beach should find themselves in luck, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to pick from close-by. Find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by viewing those listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Doctor's Cave Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casablanca Beach Hotel 0.0 mi. S Hotel
Breezes Montego Bay 0.1 mi. NE Resort
Doctor's Cave Beach Hotel 0.1 mi. S Resort
Wexford Hotel 0.1 mi. NE Hotel
El Greco Resort 0.1 mi. SE Hotel
Coral Cliff Hotel 0.2 mi. S 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
Gloustershire Hotel 0.3 mi. S Hotel


If you visit the beach around lunchtime this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Groovy Grouper Beach Bar & Grill. The restaurant serves Jamaican cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their barbecue and seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Doctor's Cave Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Groovy Grouper Beach Bar & Grill (876) 952-8287 Jamaican Very Casual 0.0 mi. E
Chilitos Mexican Restaurant (876) 952-4615 -- -- 0.1 mi. S
Rosella’s Restaurant (876) 952-2854 Caribbean, Fusion Informal 0.1 mi. NE
The Brewery (876) 940-2433 English, Jamaican Very Casual -- --
Sea View Restaurant and Bar (876) 940-6116 American, Jamaican Informal 0.1 mi. SE
Biggs's BBQ (876) 952-9488 American, Jamaican Very Casual 0.2 mi. SSW
Burger King - Gloucester Ave. -- American Very Casual 0.3 mi. S
The Pelican (876) 952-3171 Jamaican Informal 0.3 mi. S
The Waterfall Restaurant (876) 952-4420 International, Jamaican Informal 0.3 mi. S
Grandiosa Hotel Restaurant (876) 979-3205 -- Informal 0.3 mi. E
The Carlyle (876) 952-4140 Eclectic Informal 0.4 mi. NNE
Jamaican Bobsled Cafe (876) 940-7009 International, Jamaican Very Casual 0.4 mi. S

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Jamaica you might like besides Doctor's Cave Beach.

You might also want to visit Belvedere Beach, which is located a half mile to the south.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Jamaica; then again, taking a swim at Doctor's Cave Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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