Grande Beach

Parasailing is one of the hottest watersports on Grande Beach. The beach itself, which is cleaned daily, is a great spot for sunbathers though umbrellas may be difficult to come by sometimes. It is a private beach for those staying at the nearby hotels, and locals can also visit for free.

Positioned in downtown Ocho Rios, Grande Beach is on the North East coast of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Travelers who prefer walking over driving to their next destination will probably like Grande Beach. It's within walking distance of so many hotels and activities, and isn't far from the city's major hubs.

How to Access The Beach
The beach can be reached easily from Ocho Rios on the northern coast of the island.

Amenities and Ambiance

There is a fair amount of seaweed in the water here, but being tucked in a cove protects swimmers from harsh waves. You'll likely see an interesting variety of boats and even cruise ships coming in and out of the nearby port.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Grande Beach happens to be located inside a popular area that can get crowded, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North East coast of Jamaica; the area is home to other attractions such as Dolphin Discovery, which is one of the closest attractions.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows some of the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Grande Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 1.8 mi. W Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 3.4 mi. SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Ocho Rios is the closest town and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.


How many other people you encounter at Grande Beach will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests seeking a place to stay not far from the beach should find themselves in luck, as there is no shortage of hotels to choose from in the surrounding area. You will find the closest booking options by perusing those shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Grande Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Moon Palace Jamacia Grande 0.2 mi. S Resort
Village Hotel 0.3 mi. S Hotel
Marine View Hotel 0.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Rooms On The Beach 0.3 mi. S Hotel
Silver Seas 0.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Hibiscus Lodge 0.3 mi. E Resort
SandCastles Resort 0.4 mi. S Hotel
Pineapple Court Hotel 0.4 mi. S Hotel
Fisherman's Point 0.5 mi. SW Resort
Skycastles Condominiums 0.7 mi. SW Villa complex


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. Miss T's Kitchen is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and vegetarian menu items.

A list of nearby restaurants is listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Grande Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Miss T's Kitchen (876) 795-0099 Caribbean, Vegetarian Informal 0.2 mi. SE
Island Grill Ocho Rios (876) 974-3160 Jamaican Very Casual 0.2 mi. SSE
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal 0.3 mi. S
Pizza King (765) 289-3321 Italian -- 0.3 mi. SE
Mama Marley's (876) 974-0197 International Informal 0.3 mi. S
Jam-Fusion Restaurant (876) 830-6213 Jamaican Informal 0.3 mi. S
Mom's (876) 974-2811 Jamaican Very Casual 0.3 mi. SE
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 0.3 mi. S
Almond Tree Restaurant (876) 974-2813 Eclectic Informal 0.4 mi. E
Reggae Pot Rastarant (876) 296-3591 Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegan Very Casual 0.4 mi. ESE
Taste Of India (876) 622-7740 Indian Informal 0.4 mi. S
John Crow's Tavern (876) 974-5895 American Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach in Jamaica will have lots of options besides Grande Beach.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Grande Beach is one of the features you love, consider also visiting Steer Town Beach, a beach with a similar ambiance. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, Turtle Beach could be a good option for you.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Dunn's River Beach, which is close-by and another fun spot in Jamaica. Dunn's River Beach offers vacationers the chance to get a bird's eye view of Jamaica from the top of its majestic falls.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Jamaica, and Grande Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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