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 on the northern outskirts of Negril Beach Hotel Zone, 2.9 miles south west of Orange Bay, Bloody Bay is on the West coast of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying in the vicinity. Jamaica's beaches are known for being secluded spots, which offer tranquility and relaxation. While these qualities are undoubtedly perfect for some, other visitors prefer lounging in the livelier environment at Bloody Bay.

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.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Bloody Bay. Every nation has its own style of cuisine, and Jamaica is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to sample the local fare is right on the water. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Luckily, lounging chairs are available for visitors looking for relief from the sultry island sun The water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

Keep in mind that Bloody Bay is in an area which is visited by quite a number of tourists, so the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Bloody Bay is on Jamaica's West coast; it will be near other attractions like RIU Tropical Bay Game Room, which is only a short distance away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Bloody Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
RIU Tropical Bay Game Room Slot Machine Arcade 0.5 NE Jamaica
Maximum Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.3 S Jamaica
Jungle Negril Slot Machine Arcade 3.1 S Jamaica
Z Images Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.3 S Jamaica
Negril Hills Golf Club Golf Course 4.7 S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Negril, a town which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Negril is just up the road, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Bloody Bay will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers seeking a place to stay near Bloody Bay should find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of hotels to pick from close-by. You can find the closest hotel booking options by viewing those listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Bloody Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
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
Beaches Negril Resort and Spa 1.9 mi. S Resort


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest places to eat is Office of Nature. This restaurant has Jamaican food. A major perk of this restaurant is that it's only a short walk away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Bloody Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Office of Nature -- Jamaican Very Casual 0.0 mi. N
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
The Sundowner (888) 726-3257 Asian Fusion, Caribbean Informal 0.3 mi. S
Dino's Pizzeria (876) 957-9270 Italian Informal 0.4 mi. S

Other Beaches

Bloody Bay isn't the only beach worth checking out in Jamaica.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Lances Bay, which is located within the range of a taxi.

Jamaica has so much to offer, and dropping by Bloody Bay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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