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.

Set in the vicinity of Ocho Rios, Dunn's River Beach is on the North coast of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. While Dunn's River Beach is not the most secluded beach in Jamaica, it has just the right amount of private-feel to attract families and couples alike.

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 great restaurant right on-site if you're interested; many find it the perfect, convenient solution for lunch. There are so many unique restaurants in Jamaica, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Many vacationers simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to purchase food from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Luckily, umbrellas and chairs are available for visitors looking for a shaded area to relax. 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


Travelers will find Dunn's River Beach on Jamaica's North coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios, which is one of the closest attractions.

If a visit to the Dunn's River Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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

Dunn's River Beach is close to Ocho Rios, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Ocho Rios is nearby and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the shore, Ocho Rios is not far away, about three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Those seeking a hotel room not far from Dunn's River Beach shouldn't have a difficult time, as there are lots of hotels to pick from close-by. You will find the closest lodging options by perusing those shown in the table below.

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


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you visit a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within a reachable distance. One of the closest places to eat is Whalers. The restaurant features Caribbean food. Many guests rave about their hamburgers and seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

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

Dunn's River Beach is just one of many beaches you can visit in Jamaica.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Priory Beach, located five and a half miles away.

Dunn's River Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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