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.

Located in downtown Ocho Rios, Grande Beach is on the North East edge of Jamaica. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. If you can't wait to escape the stresses of city life, you'll appreciate that the majority of beaches in Jamaica are known for their privacy and seclusion. This atmosphere is not for everyone, though. If you seek a fun and active spot, you're better off visiting Grande Beach, one of the few beaches that draws a significant crowd.

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.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. You might also have the option to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Grande Beach is found inside a commonly visited area, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on Jamaica's North East coast. It is near some interesting sites like Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios, which is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is one of the favorite destinations in the area.

If a visit to the Grande Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Grande Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 0.5 mi. S Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 3.4 mi. SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Grande Beach is near Ocho Rios, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The closest town is Ocho Rios, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


How many other people you encounter at Grande Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is in a relatively popular vacation destination, it typically isn't very tough to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you're hoping to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the accommodation options closest to Grande Beach.

Accommodations near Grande Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Moon Palace Jamacia Grande 0.2 mi. S Resort
Marine View Hotel 0.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Village Hotel -- -- 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
Crane Ridge Suites 0.7 mi. S Resort


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest restaurants is Miss T's Kitchen. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and vegetarian menu items.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

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
Fusion Restaurant and Bar (800) 971-5100 Jamaican Informal 0.3 mi. S
Almond Tree Restaurant (876) 974-2813 Eclectic Informal 0.3 mi. E
Mom's (876) 974-2811 Jamaican Very Casual 0.3 mi. SE
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 0.3 mi. S
San-Mar Cafe (876) 795-1024 -- -- 0.4 mi. S
Oceans 11 Seafood Restaurant (876) 974-6896 International, Thai -- -- --
John Crow's Tavern (876) 974-5895 American Very Casual -- --
Coconuts On The Bay Restaurant & Bar (876) 795-0064 International, Jamaican -- 0.5 mi. SW
Bibibip's Bar & Grill (876) 974-8759 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 0.5 mi. E
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal -- --
Whalers (876) 530-7897 Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. SW

Other Beaches

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

If the exciting vibe at Grande Beach is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider checking out Steer Town Beach, another location where you'll find fun and action. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Turtle Beach is a beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Dunn's River Beach, another great beach choice 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 is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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