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.

Located in Negril Beach Hotel Zone, 2.9 miles south west of Orange Bay, Bloody Bay is on the West coast of Jamaica. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Many of the beaches in Jamaica are quiet and secluded, but Bloody Bay offers those same relaxation qualities without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

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.

There is also a great restaurant right on-site if you're interested; many find it the perfect, convenient solution for lunch. Vacationers will find plenty of places in Jamaica serving up delicious local cuisine, but some meals are best enjoyed spontaneously, in a truly casual setting. Many visitors, in fact, have lunch right on their towels in the sand. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Jamaica's famous street food along the way.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, visitors can access lounge chairs at this destination. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

Don't forget that the area right around Bloody Bay is rather congested, so you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


Set on Jamaica's West coast; it's located near attractions like Hedonism II Casino, which is only a short distance away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Bloody Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Hedonism II Casino Slot Machine Arcade 0.2 mi. SW Jamaica
RIU Tropical Bay Game Room Slot Machine Arcade 0.5 mi. NE Jamaica
Kool Runnings Waterpark Amusement/Theme Park 0.8 mi. S Jamaica
Maximum Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.3 mi. S Jamaica
Jungle Negril Slot Machine Arcade 3.1 mi. S Jamaica
Z Images Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.3 mi. S Jamaica
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

The nearby town of Negril is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Negril isn't far off, roughly four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers looking for a place to stay near Bloody Bay won't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from close-by. Find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing those shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Bloody Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa 0.0 mi. WSW Resort
Hedonism II 0.2 mi. SW Resort
Couples Negril 0.2 mi. NE 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
Sunset at the Palms Negril 0.6 mi. NE Resort
Azul Sensatori Jamaica 0.7 mi. S Resort
Beaches Sandy Bay 0.7 mi. S Resort


If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. Office of Nature is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has Jamaican food. A major perk of this restaurant is that it's within walking distance.

Nearby dining options are listed below.

Restaurants near Bloody Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Office of Nature -- Jamaican Very Casual 0.0 mi. N
Don Fresh Lobsters (876) 407-2434 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. NE
Kimonos (888) 726-3257 Asian Fine Dining 0.3 mi. S
The Sundowner (888) 726-3257 Asian Fusion, Caribbean Informal 0.3 mi. S
Sunset At The Palms Resort Bar & Grill -- International, Jamaican -- 0.6 mi. NNE
Ackee (866) 527-4762 Caribbean Informal 0.7 mi. S
Beans Gourmet Coffee Shop (866) 527-4762 American Very Casual 0.7 mi. S
Di Romagna (866) 527-4762 Italian Fine Dining 0.7 mi. S
Garfield Beach House (866) 527-4762 Jamaican Informal 0.7 mi. S
Oceanfront Gourmet Corner (866) 527-4762 International Very Casual 0.7 mi. S
Palms (866) 527-4762 International Informal 0.7 mi. S
Cosmo's Seafood Restaurant and Bar (876) 957-4330 Jamaican -- 1.7 mi. S

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Bloody Bay in Jamaica.

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

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Jamaica; then again, Bloody Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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