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.

Set in the heart of downtown Ocho Rios, Turtle Beach is on the North East edge of Jamaica. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. While Jamaica has beaches that are more secluded than Turtle Beach, it has just the right amount of private-feel to appeal to couples and families alike.

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.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Turtle Beach. Every destination has its own cuisine, and Jamaica is no different. One of the best 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.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. Sometimes, visitors will be able to get lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Fortunately, showers are provided, so you can rinse off the sand. In addition, you'll find umbrellas and chairs here, so guests hoping for a break from the hot sun will not be disappointed. The water in the area is fit for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to see the underwater world. 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.

Don't forget that the immediate vicinity around Turtle Beach is rather congested, so you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on Jamaica's North East coast; it's located near attractions like Dolphin Discovery, which is not very far away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

If you're looking for nearby attractions or activity options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Turtle Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 1.8 mi. WNW Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 3.3 mi. ESE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Ocho Rios, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Turtle Beach, Ocho Rios is a quick trip away, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those looking for a place to stay near Turtle Beach will find themselves in luck, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to choose from nearby. Find the closest and most convenient lodging options by perusing those shown below.

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 Jamacia Grande 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Little Shaw Park 0.3 mi. SSE Guest house
Skycastles Condominiums 0.4 mi. W Villa complex
Columbus Heights Condominiums 0.4 mi. W Villa complex
Marine View Hotel 0.5 mi. NE Hotel


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Jamaica's specialty dishes, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is John Crow's Tavern. The restaurant features American cuisine. They also specialize in hamburgers.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Turtle Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
John Crow's Tavern (876) 974-5895 American Very Casual 0.1 mi. SSE
Jam-Fusion Restaurant (876) 830-6213 Jamaican Informal 0.1 mi. NE
Mama Marley's (876) 974-0197 International Informal 0.2 mi. ENE
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 0.2 mi. E
Margaritaville Ocho Rios (876) 675-8976 American, Jamaican Informal 0.2 mi. W
Oceans 11 Seafood Restaurant (876) 974-6896 International, Thai -- 0.2 mi. W
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal 0.2 mi. NE
Ocho Rios Village Jerk Centre (876) 974-2549 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 0.2 mi. SSE
Taste Of India (876) 622-7740 Indian Informal 0.2 mi. E
Lobster Dave Seafood (876) 809-9791 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 0.3 mi. WSW
Island Grill Ocho Rios (876) 974-3160 Jamaican Very Casual 0.3 mi. NE
Whalers (876) 290-5817 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Jamaica you might like besides Turtle Beach.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Turtle Beach is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider heading to Steer Town Beach, another location where you'll find fun and action. You'll find it three miles to the west-northwest. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, you might find what you want at Fisherman's Beach. It is located not far off the beach at all.

You may also enjoy Dunn's River Beach, located within a couple of miles. Dunn's River Beach offers vacationers the chance to get a bird's eye view of Jamaica from the top of its majestic falls.

You may find that Turtle Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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