Navy Island

Navy Island Beach is set on the 64 acre island, which is located off the coast of Port Antonio. Although there are no open facilities or public ferries that currently run to the island, a private boat can be hired to take you on an adventure to this secluded beach.

Located toward the center of Port Antonio, Navy Island is on the East coast of Jamaica. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. Vacationers who want a somewhat serene and secluded beach, that's also not too far from the town's amenities may find that Navy Island is just the right spot. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's not dead and empty either.

How to Access The Beach
Navy Island is only accessible by boat.

Amenities and Ambiance

Navy Island Beach enjoys a powdering of white sand that leads to crystal clear waters.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Navy Island. There are so many dining experiences to be enjoyed in Jamaica, but having a meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

There is also a snack bar here. You might also have the option to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, which are perfect for setting up your carry-out food, or just lounging under the sun.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration. With a good mix of secluded spots and local entertainment, restaurants, and lodging, Navy Island attracts a healthy size crowd even though it can only be reached by boat.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Navy Island on Jamaica's East coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Folly Lighthouse, which is not very far away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Jamaica, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Christ Church, which is three quarters of a mile away.

If you aren't sure whether a visit to Navy Island isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows some of the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Navy Island
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.6 mi. E Jamaica
Port Antonio Craft Market Shopping Center 0.7 mi. S Jamaica
Christ Church Historical Site 0.8 mi. S Jamaica
Folly Ruins Historical Site 0.8 mi. E Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Navy Island is close to Port Antonio, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Not far away you'll find Port Antonio, a city which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Port Antonio is a fairly short distance away, roughly a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Though there aren't many places to stay nearby, the ones found closest to the shore are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Navy Island
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Rio Vista Resort Villas 0.9 mi. S Villa complex
Mango Ridge Guest Cottages 0.9 mi. S Cottages
San San Tropez 1.0 mi. WSW Hotel
Hotel Tim Bamboo 1.0 mi. SE Hotel


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you try a nearby restaurant, where you can dive into Jamaica's specialty dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. Marybelle's Pub on the Pier is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has a menu featuring Jamaican food. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near Navy Island
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Marybelle's Pub on the Pier (876) 413-9731 Jamaican Very Casual 0.5 mi. S
Yosch Restaurant (876) 993-3053 International Very Casual 0.9 mi. SSE
San San Tropez (876) 993-7213 International, Italian Very Casual 1.0 mi. WSW
Wi Yard Anna Banana's (876) 542-1497 Caribbean Informal 1.0 mi. SE
The Veranda (876) 633-7100 International Fine Dining 1.9 mi. E
Belinda's -- Jamaican Very Casual -- --
Bushbar (876) 993-7000 Jamaican Informal 3.2 mi. ESE
Mille Fleurs (876) 993-7267 Caribbean, Fusion Fine Dining 4.1 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Jamaica besides Navy Island worth visiting.

Another location you might enjoy is Blue Lagoon, situated just a little ways away. Others might prefer Folly Ruins Beach, which offers more action, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's located less than a mile to the east.

Travelers may also want to consider Errol Flynn Marina Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

Maybe Navy Island is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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