Dunn's River Beach

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If you're looking for a spot with great island scenery and beachfront ambiance, Dunn's River Beach is just the right oceanfront location for your afternoon at the beach.

Located in the vicinity of Ocho Rios, Dunn's River Beach is on the North edge of Jamaica. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Although planning a vacation means you'll make lots of choices, picking the right beach can mean the difference between a stressful and a relaxing afternoon. You will find that beaches like Dunn's River Beach are some of the best options in Jamaica.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible by car, with parking available at the Falls. You'll find it off the road running along coast west from Ocho Rios.

Amenities and Ambiance

Dunn's River Beach is located below the famous Dunn's River waterfalls where the river meets the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. The sight of the falls meeting the salty sea is spectacular, and vacationers can even climb the falls and swim in its little whirlpools, or just take in the breath-taking view from the top of the falls.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Dunn's River Beach at all, it's worth a try. There are various types of dining experiences to be enjoyed in Jamaica, but dining at the beach can be a particularly memorable one. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Dunn's River Beach is the ultimate convenience. You might also have the option to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available. Luckily, chairs and umbrellas will be offered here for visitors hoping for a break from the hot sun. These shores tend to get pretty crowded, especially when crusie ships are in port. If you want a more secluded beach experience, plan your beach outing around the cruise schedules.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on Jamaica's North coast. It's located near Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios, which is one of the attractions close-by.

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 Dunn's River Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 2.3 mi. ESE Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 5.6 mi. ESE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Ocho Rios is nearby and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the shore, Ocho Rios is just up the road, about three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation area, it is not usually all that tough to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. For visitors wanting to book a place that's on or near the water, the table below shows the accommodations closest to Dunn's River Beach.

Accommodations near Dunn's River Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tranquility Cove -- -- Resort
Fisherman's Point 2.1 mi. ESE Resort
SandCastles Resort 2.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Crane Ridge Suites 2.3 mi. ESE Resort
Rooms On The Beach 2.3 mi. E Hotel
Moon Palace Jamacia Grande 2.4 mi. E Resort
Pineapple Court Hotel 2.4 mi. ESE Hotel
Village Hotel 2.4 mi. E Hotel
Little Shaw Park 2.5 mi. ESE Guest house
Marine View Hotel 2.6 mi. E Hotel


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the nearest places to eat is Whalers. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. They are also famous for their hamburgers and seafood. 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.

Some nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Dunn's River Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Whalers (876) 530-7897 Caribbean Very Casual 2.0 mi. ESE
Oceans 11 Seafood Restaurant (876) 974-6896 International, Thai -- 2.1 mi. ESE
Blue Runnings (876) 675-8794 Jamaican Very Casual 2.1 mi. ESE
Bamboo Blu -- International Very Casual -- --
Coconuts On The Bay Restaurant & Bar (876) 795-0064 International, Jamaican -- 2.1 mi. ESE
Little Pub Restaurant (876) 974-2324 Bar and grill Very Casual -- --
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal 2.3 mi. ESE
San-Mar Cafe (876) 795-1024 -- -- 2.3 mi. ESE
Fusion Restaurant and Bar (800) 971-5100 Jamaican Informal 2.3 mi. E
John Crow's Tavern (876) 974-5895 American Very Casual 2.3 mi. ESE
The Jerk Hut -- Jamaican Very Casual 2.4 mi. ESE
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 2.4 mi. E

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Jamaica, so if Dunn's River Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You may also enjoy Priory Beach, located not a great distance away, so a quick cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

Perhaps Dunn's River Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, Jamaica offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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