Turtle Beach

The shores of Turtle Beach are surrounded by hotels. There are plenty of watersports and beach activities for folks of all ages to enjoy, and convenient facilities are available making this a good place to bring the family.

Located near the middle of downtown Ocho Rios, Turtle Beach is on the North East coast of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. 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 more likely to have fun at Turtle Beach, which is closer to all the action.

How to Access The Beach

Easy to access and in the heart of Ocho Rios, you may also hear it referred to as Ocho Rios Bay Beach. Public parking exists in multiple areas right next to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

This cozy little coastline features a well-manicured beach shrouded in lush, green, shady palm and almond trees. When you need a break from Turtle Beach's watersports, or shelter from the sultry island sun, there's plenty of places to relax and cool off.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. There are so many dining experiences to be enjoyed in Jamaica, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

There is also a snack bar here. You might also have the option to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Shower facilities are available, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions. You will also be pleased to find umbrellas and chairs, so visitors hoping for some respite from the sun will get their wish. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life. This beach isn't as crowded as many of Jamaica's other beaches so you can enjoy a quiet stroll, or get a game of beach football going.

Turtle Beach with its amenities are of course located well within an active, busy area. If you would rather stay free of busy-beaches and crowded shores, it's an appropriate reason to plan your day against other visitors, such as arriving earlier in the day. If you arrive later, it's possible you may not be able to use all the services which Turtle Beach has for its guests.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the North East coast of Jamaica. It is near Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios, which is one of the attractions in the vicinity.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but many travelers find that museums like Coyaba River Garden and Museum (situated one and an eighth miles away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help share a different side of Jamaica.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Turtle Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 0.1 mi. SE Jamaica
Wassi Art Pottery Works Art Gallery 0.2 mi. NE Jamaica
Sunset Jamaica Grande Casino Slot Machine Arcade 0.3 mi. NE Jamaica
Coyaba River Garden and Museum Museum 1.1 mi. S Jamaica
Mystic Mountain Amusement/Theme Park 1.3 mi. WNW Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 3.3 mi. ESE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Turtle Beach is very close to Ocho Rios, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. The nearby town of Ocho Rios is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From Turtle Beach, Ocho Rios is just up the road, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is located in a fairly popular tourist destination, it is not typically a great challenge to find just the right type of hotel close-by. For visitors looking to book a place that's on or near the water, the table that follows shows the accommodation options closest to Turtle Beach.

Accommodations near Turtle Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
SandCastles Resort 0.0 mi. E Hotel
Pineapple Court Hotel 0.1 mi. ESE Hotel
Rooms On The Beach 0.1 mi. NE Hotel
Fisherman's Point 0.2 mi. W Resort
Village Hotel 0.2 mi. NE Hotel
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Crane Ridge Suites 0.3 mi. S Resort
Little Shaw Park 0.3 mi. SSE Guest house
Marine View Hotel 0.5 mi. NE Hotel
Silver Seas 0.5 mi. NE Hotel


When you start craving an afternoon snack, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. San-Mar Cafe is one of the closest eateries. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a little ways away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Turtle Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
San-Mar Cafe (876) 795-1024 -- -- 0.1 mi. ESE
John Crow's Tavern (876) 974-5895 American Very Casual 0.1 mi. SSE
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal 0.1 mi. SSE
Fusion Restaurant and Bar (800) 971-5100 Jamaican Informal 0.1 mi. NE
Coconuts On The Bay Restaurant & Bar (876) 795-0064 International, Jamaican -- 0.2 mi. W
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 0.2 mi. E
Oceans 11 Seafood Restaurant (876) 974-6896 International, Thai -- 0.2 mi. W
The Jerk Hut -- Jamaican Very Casual 0.2 mi. SSE
Blue Runnings (876) 675-8794 Jamaican Very Casual 0.3 mi. WSW
Whalers (876) 530-7897 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. W
Little Pub Restaurant (876) 974-2324 Bar and grill Very Casual -- --
Mom's (876) 974-2811 Jamaican Very Casual 0.3 mi. E

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Turtle Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Steer Town Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. It is located three miles to the west-northwest. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Fisherman's Beach is a location secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located just a short distance away.

Another location you may want to try is Dunn's River Beach, which is located two and a half miles away. Dunn's River Beach offers vacationers the chance to get a bird's eye view of Jamaica from the top of its majestic falls.

Jamaica has so much to offer, and paying a visit to Turtle Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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