Bloody Bay

Photo credit: © Regina Nordalm Filippetti

Legend has it that Bloody Bay got its name after a particularly bloody pirate battle took place her, but today you'll find more tourists on these shores than buccaneers. Because a large number of resorts edge out the beach, many people believe that sections of the beach are owned by the resort that sits in front of it. In actuality, Blood Bay is a public beach where clothing is optional and snorkeling is a favored pastime.

Positioned in Negril Beach Hotel Zone, 2.9 miles south west of Orange Bay, Bloody Bay is on the West coast of Jamaica. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. With its home in much-visited location, Bloody Bay is a good choice for beachgoers hoping to find various interesting activities and sites.

How to Access The Beach
Bloody Bay can be found just off Norman Manely Boulevard near the Negril Aerodome. Turn onto the side road at Breezes Grand Resort and Spa, and follow it right to the sand.

Amenities and Ambiance

Lined with sprawling resorts and bowed palm trees, Bloody Bay features white to tan sands speckled with colorful shells, and clear, calm azure waters. Not far off shore is a shallow coral reef structure.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Bloody Bay, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. Each country in the Caribbean has its own cuisine, and Jamaica is no different. One of the best places to experience the local specialties is right on the water. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Jamaica's famous street food along the way.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Bloody Bay is the ultimate convenience.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, lounging chairs are available for guests looking for a break from the hot sun. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Don't forget that the area right around Bloody Bay is a popular spot, meaning the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Bloody Bay is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on Jamaica's West coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Negril Hills Golf Club, which is four and a half miles away.

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

Activities and Attractions Near Bloody Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Negril Hills Golf Club Golf Course 4.7 mi. S Jamaica
Negril Watershed Protection Area Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.3 mi. S Jamaica
Negril Lighthouse Lighthouse 6.5 mi. S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Bloody Bay is close to Negril, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Negril is the closest city and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the coast, Negril is a fairly short distance away, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be a great challenge to find the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your group are looking to book a place that's on or near the beach, the table below lists the accommodation options closest to Bloody Bay.

Accommodations near Bloody Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Royalton Negril 0.0 mi. W Resort
Hedonism II 0.2 mi. SW Resort
Couples Negril 0.2 mi. NE Resort
Hideaway at Royalton Negril 0.2 mi. W Resort
Riu Negril Club All Inclusive 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Point Village Resort 0.3 mi. W Resort
Sandals Negril 0.3 mi. S Resort
Riu Tropical Bay 0.5 mi. NE Resort
Boardwalk Village Hotel 0.6 mi. S B & B
Sunset at the Palms Negril 0.6 mi. NE Resort


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you don't have to go far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Flame. This restaurant has a menu featuring Jamaican food. Visitors often rave about their pizza and steak. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's only a short distance away.

The following table lists restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Bloody Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Flame (876) 957-5200 Jamaican Informal 0.2 mi. SW
Lychee (876) 957-5960 Asian Informal 0.2 mi. NE
Cassava Terrace (876) 957-5960 International, Jamaican Informal 0.2 mi. NE
Pastafari (876) 957-5200 Italian, Jamaican Informal 0.2 mi. SW
Beach Grill & Heliconia (876) 957-5960 Jamaican, Mediterranean Informal 0.2 mi. NE
Otaheite (876) 957-5960 Caribbean, Jamaican Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NE
Harrysan (876) 957-5200 Japanese Informal 0.2 mi. WSW
Don Fresh Lobsters (876) 407-2434 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. NE
Kimonos (888) 726-3257 Asian Fine Dining 0.3 mi. S
Barefoot by the Sea (888) 726-3257 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. S
Dino's Pizzeria (876) 957-9270 Italian Informal 0.4 mi. S
Barefoot By The Sea (888) 726-3257 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. S

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Bloody Bay in Jamaica.

Travelers may also want to consider Lances Bay, which is located not too far away, and can be reached in a cab.

Jamaica has so much to offer, so visiting Bloody Bay is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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