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.

Positioned 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 are staying nearby. At Dunn's River Beach, the shore has a private, secluded quality, yet it's not far from some of the town's major hot spots.

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 plenty of dining experiences in Jamaica that visitors can partake in, but eating at the beach can be a particularly memorable one. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. You might also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, chairs and umbrellas will be offered here for guests seeking a relaxing spot in the shade. 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


Dunn's River Beach is on Jamaica's North coast. It is near some interesting sites like Mystic Mountain, which is situated a mile to the east, and it is one of the attractions close-by.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Coyaba River Garden and Museum, a lovely museum found just a walk or cab ride away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Dunn's River Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Mystic Mountain Amusement/Theme Park 1.0 mi. E Jamaica
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 2.3 mi. ESE Jamaica
Sunset Jamaica Grande Casino Slot Machine Arcade 2.4 mi. E Jamaica
Wassi Art Pottery Works Art Gallery 2.4 mi. E Jamaica
Coyaba River Garden and Museum Museum 2.7 mi. SE Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 5.6 mi. ESE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Ocho Rios is the closest town and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From Dunn's River Beach, Ocho Rios is just up the road, maybe three and a half miles (six kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Beach-goers trying to find a place to stay near Dunn's River Beach won't have a tough time, as there are lots of hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. You will find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing what's shown in the following table.

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 Jamaica 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


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest restaurants is Whalers. This restaurant serves Caribbean food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their hamburgers and seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a little ways away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown below.

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, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Jamaica, so if Dunn's River Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You may also want to consider Priory Beach, which is located not a great distance away, meaning a quick cab ride can take you where you want to go.

Maybe Dunn's River Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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