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 coast of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Dunn's River Beach is one beach that never gets too crowded, but it's not totally void of people either.

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 on-location, which many Dunn's River Beach visitors find convenient and satisfying. There are many types of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in Jamaica, but having a meal on the beach can be especially memorable. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Jamaica's famous street food along the way.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. You might also have the option to buy some food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

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, chairs and umbrellas can be used by visitors seeking relief from the sultry island 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


This beach is positioned on the North coast of Jamaica. It is near some interesting sites like Dolphin Discovery, which is seen a half mile away, and it is among 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
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 0.5 mi. E Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 5.6 mi. ESE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Ocho Rios, which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Ocho Rios is a fairly short distance away, about three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular vacation destination, it typically isn't that difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your party are hoping to find a place that's near the beach, the table that follows lists the closest options to Dunn's River Beach.

Accommodations near Dunn's River Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tranquility Cove -- -- Resort
Columbus Heights Condominiums 1.9 mi. ESE Villa complex
Skycastles Condominiums 2.0 mi. ESE Villa complex
Fisherman's Point 2.1 mi. ESE Resort
SandCastles Resort 2.3 mi. ESE Hotel
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


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Whalers. The restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. They are also known for serving hamburgers and seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Dunn's River Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Whalers (876) 290-5817 Caribbean Very Casual 2.0 mi. ESE
Lobster Dave Seafood (876) 809-9791 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 2.1 mi. ESE
Oceans 11 Seafood Restaurant (876) 974-6896 International, Thai -- 2.1 mi. ESE
Margaritaville Ocho Rios (876) 675-8976 American, Jamaican Informal 2.1 mi. ESE
Bamboo Blu -- International Very Casual -- --
Evita's Italian Restaurant (876) 974-2333 Fusion, Italian, Jamaican Informal 2.2 mi. ESE
Jam-Fusion Restaurant (876) 830-6213 Jamaican Informal 2.3 mi. E
John Crow's Tavern (876) 974-5895 American Very Casual 2.3 mi. ESE
Mama Marley's (876) 974-0197 International Informal 2.4 mi. E
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal 2.4 mi. E
Ocho Rios Village Jerk Centre (876) 974-2549 Caribbean, 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 Dunn's River Beach is not your only option.

You may also want to consider Priory Beach, which is located five and a half miles to the west-northwest.

Of course, Jamaica has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but a trip to Dunn's River Beach could end up a family favorite.


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