Folly Ruins Beach

This beach sits next to the ruins of an old mansion, built in 1905 and now crumbling away. These are the "Folly Ruins" that the beach takes its name from. The shell of the structure is still there and its fun to investigate.

Set along the eastern outskirts of Port Antonio, Folly Ruins Beach is on the East coast of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Folly Ruins Beach stands out from other beaches because it's perfect for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Other nearby beaches in Jamaica offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually busier because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

Amenities and Ambiance

Near Port Antonio and out on a peninsula, this is a tan sand beach with trees for shade. It's far enough away from the urban area to feel a bit reclusive.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Folly Ruins Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the East coast of Jamaica. Folly Ruins is located less than a hundred yards to the west-northwest, and it is one of the attractions in the region.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Folly Ruins Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Folly Ruins Historical Site 0.0 mi. WNW Jamaica
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.3 mi. NW Jamaica
Christ Church Historical Site 0.9 mi. SW Jamaica
Portland Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.4 mi. W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Folly Ruins Beach is close to Port Antonio, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The closest town is Port Antonio, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the shore, Port Antonio is just up the road, maybe less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Though vacationers won't find very many accommodations nearby, those accommodations closest to Folly Ruins Beach are shown in the following list.

Accommodations near Folly Ruins Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Tim Bamboo 0.7 mi. SSW Hotel
Demontevin Lodge Hotel 0.8 mi. WSW Hotel
Mango Ridge Guest Cottages 1.0 mi. SW Cottages
San San Tropez 1.7 mi. W Hotel


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is Wi Yard Anna Banana's. The restaurant has Caribbean food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Folly Ruins Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Wi Yard Anna Banana's (876) 542-1497 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. S
Survival Beach Restaurant (876) 384-4730 Jamaican, Vegetarian Very Casual 0.6 mi. S
Shadows (876) 933-3823 Eclectic Very Casual -- --
Brisc Sports Bar and Grill -- Jamaican Very Casual -- --
Chicken Place Restaurant & Catering Servs The (876) 993-4984 -- -- -- --
D-Tech Computers Internet Cafe (876) 715-4601 -- -- -- --
Green Palm Restaurant (876) 715-4482 -- -- -- --
Juici Patties Port Antonio -- Jamaican Very Casual -- --
Rusalka Restaurant (876) 715-5756 -- -- -- --
Marybelle's Pub on the Pier (876) 413-9731 Jamaican Very Casual 0.9 mi. WSW
Dekal Internet Cafe & Bistro (876) 297-7566 International Very Casual 0.9 mi. SW
Yosch Cafe -- International Very Casual 1.0 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Jamaica besides Folly Ruins Beach worth visiting.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Blue Lagoon, found just a short distance away. Others might prefer Navy Island, which could provide more action, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. You'll find it less than a mile to the west.

Another location you may want to try is Errol Flynn Marina Beach, located only a short distance away.

Maybe Folly Ruins Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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