Attractions in Runaway Bay

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Runaway Bay is a growing resort area that is too large to be considered a quiet retreat, but too small to as of yet sit near the top of the list of the most popular tourist destinations.  Whatever value you give it, it manages to keep its visitors busy with attractions that include limestone caves, a casino, and what are often considered to be some of the most picturesque beaches in Jamaica. 


Runaway Beach

You'll find several beaches to enjoy in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some of these beaches, if some of the people in your group are so inclined. Just click on each beach name to get additional information about that particular stretch of sand.

If you are hoping to snorkel, a place where that is an option is Runaway Beach. Runaway Beach is a long stretch of beach with development and resorts mostly on it's western side and a good patch of secluded beach on its east side. A golf course is just across the street, inland.

Attractions Map

Another top pick for snorkeling fans is Salem Paradise Beach. A little off the beaten path, Salem Paradise usually isn't too crowded so it is a good beach for a relaxing afternoon spent sunbathing.

Puero Seco Beach: Discover Bay, which is where Christopher Columbus was said to have first landed in Jamaica, is the location of Puero Seco Beach. This beach is a favorite amongst families, because there is so much to do here.

Needless to say, you will find many other beaches to choose from in and around the area. You can find out more by following this link.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you enjoy spending time outside? You may be happy to find out that the area has an interesting nature preserve available.

Seven Oaks Sanctuary For Wildlife is a nature preserve found within Runaway Bay. With parking and access from a major road, people should have no trouble getting to Seven Oaks.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In Runaway Bay
Name Type Location Island
Seven Oaks Sanctuary For Wildlife Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.6 mi. South of Central Runaway Bay Jamaica


Although most travelers are attracted by the region's beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. One such example is Green Grotto Caves. It is located in western Runaway Bay. Underneath the tropical paradise of Jamaica is a whole underground world waiting to be explored. Heading to Green Grotto Cave will give you the opportunity to see the large caves that exist just under the surface.

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Guests can also visit a park, or a botanical garden nearby.

If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Cranbrook Flower Forest and River Head Adventure Trail, which is located 5.3 mi. East-Southeast of central Runaway Bay. Visitors to the botanical garden will be able to explore several paths that will take them to all different kinds of vegetation, as well as a green house where you will see some rain forest exclusive species.

The parks and gardens available are shown in the table below.

Parks and Gardens Near Runaway Bay
Name Type Location
Addison Park Park 5.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Runaway Bay
Cranbrook Flower Forest and River Head Adventure Trail Botanical Garden 5.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Runaway Bay

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Runaway Bay are displayed in the following table.

Land Formations In Runaway Bay
Name Type Location
Grotto Lake Lake 2.5 mi. West of Central Runaway Bay
Pear Tree River River 1.5 mi. West of Central Runaway Bay
Runaway Bay Bay 1.2 mi. West of Central Runaway Bay


Jamaica Casinos

In the mood for some action? Travelers wanting to test their luck on the slots will have a few alternatives in and near the area.

The chart just below enables you to get more information on the the casinos in and near Runaway Bay.

Gambling In and Around Runaway Bay
Name Located At Phone Location
Grand Bahia Principe -- (876) 973-7000 0.9 mi. West of Central Runaway Bay
RIU Ocho Rios Casino Riu Ocho Rios (876) 972-2200 11.4 mi. East of Central Runaway Bay

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