Shaw Park Beach is a part of Cutlass Bay. It is privately owned by Shaw Park Beach Hotel and Spa, making it accessible only by patrons of the resort.
Positioned a mile and a half east of downtown Ocho Rios, Shaw Park Beach is on the North East edge of Jamaica. You might want even if you aren't staying very close. Social beachgoers will like this beach due to its crowded, urban location. In fact, Shaw Park Beach would be especially convenient for guests of the nearby hotels, and people who want an unlimited number of nearby restaurants and activities to choose from.
Shaw Park Beach is accessible through Shaw Park Beach Hotel and Spa.
Shaw Park Beach enjoys soft, tan colored sands and clear, calm topaz waters.
You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Every region in the Caribbean has its own unique cuisine, and Jamaica is no different. One of the most memorable places to experience delicious local dishes is right next to the coast. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.
There is also a concession stand available.
This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Showers are provided for visitors, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.
Still, you ought to see that even if you will be able to find at least one or two comforts on location if you go to Shaw Park Beach, it will be found within an active, busy area. Because of this, if you're sure that these amenities influence your decision, it'll likely be a smart idea to show up in the morning before the other people show up or going to a beach in a more remote area. If you wait around, it's possible you may risk all the amenities becoming unavailable.
Visitors will find this beach on the North East coast of Jamaica. Wassi Art Pottery Works is one of a few area's attractions.
If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Coyaba River Garden and Museum. This museum is located three miles to the south west, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.
With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.
|Wassi Art Pottery Works||Art Gallery||2.2 mi.||W||Jamaica|
|Sunset Jamaica Grande Casino||Slot Machine Arcade||2.2 mi.||W||Jamaica|
|Sandals Golf and Country Club||Golf Course||2.2 mi.||S||Jamaica|
|Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios||Casino||2.3 mi.||W||Jamaica|
|Coyaba River Garden and Museum||Museum||2.9 mi.||SW||Jamaica|
|Amusement/Theme Park||3.5 mi.||W||Jamaica|
The nearby town of Ocho Rios is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From Shaw Park Beach, Ocho Rios is a quick trip away, maybe less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).
The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.
Visitors seeking a place to stay close to the beach shouldn't have a difficult time, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from in the area. Find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing those shown in the following table.
|Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge||0.1 mi.||WSW||Lodge|
|Shaw Park Beach Hotel All Inclusive||0.2 mi.||W||Hotel|
|Couples Sans Souci||0.2 mi.||NE||Resort|
|Jamaica Inn||0.4 mi.||W||Hotel|
|The Blue House||0.5 mi.||E||B & B|
|Sandals Royal Plantation||0.7 mi.||WSW||Resort|
|Royal Plantation||0.7 mi.||WSW||Resort|
|Executive Shaw Park Guest House||0.8 mi.||S||Hotel|
|Sandals Grande Rivera||0.9 mi.||W||Resort|
|Harmony Hall||1.3 mi.||W||Cottages|
A trip to the beach isn't complete until you walk to an area restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest places to eat is Le Gourmet. The restaurant offers a menu of French cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.
The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.
|Le Gourmet||(876) 906-3822||French||Fine Dining||0.4 mi.||ENE|
|Jamaica Inn Restaurant||(876) 974-2514||International||Informal||0.4 mi.||W|
|The Reef Terrace Restaurant||(888) 726-3257||Caribbean||Informal||0.9 mi.||W|
|(876) 975-5106||Caribbean||Very Casual||1.5 mi.||ENE|
|Bibibip's Bar & Grill||(876) 974-8759||Caribbean, Jamaican||Very Casual||1.7 mi.||W|
|Almond Tree Restaurant||(876) 974-2813||Eclectic||Informal||1.8 mi.||W|
|Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar||(876) 975-4785||Italian||Informal||1.9 mi.||E|
|Miss T's Kitchen||(876) 795-0099||Caribbean, Vegetarian||Informal||2.0 mi.||W|
|(876) 974-2811||Jamaican||Very Casual||2.0 mi.||W|
|(876) 795-3182||Indian||Informal||2.2 mi.||W|
|Fusion Restaurant and Bar||(800) 971-5100||Jamaican||Informal||2.3 mi.||W|
|(876) 795-1024||--||--||2.3 mi.||W|
There are multiple beaches to discover in Jamaica, of course, so if Shaw Park Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.
You might also enjoy Steer Town Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. You'll find it five and a half miles to the west. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, White River Bay is a location which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located just a little ways away.
Travelers may also want to consider Tower Isle West Beach, located within a couple of miles.
Jamaica has so much to offer, so visiting Shaw Park Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.
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