Runaway Bay Attractions

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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 a large number of beaches to visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, for people who enjoy the underwater scene. Just click on the name of the beach for more detail concerning that part of the coast.

If you love snorkeling, a beach worth considering 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 good option for visitors who enjoy snorkeling 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: Puero Seco Beach is in Discovery Bay, just 5 miles west of Runaway Bay. Take Norman Manley Boulevard to Fortlands Road to access the beach.

Runaway Bay and the surrounding areas have a nice selection of beaches. To find out about other beaches available, visit this page.


Green Grotto Caves

Even though most travelers are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. The one example is Green Grotto Caves. It is located within western Runaway Bay. <p>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.</p>

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Vacationers may also enjoy the local park, or a botanical garden nearby.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Cranbrook Flower Forest and River Head Adventure Trail, which is located 5.3 mi. East-Southeast of central Runaway Bay. Built nearly two centuries ago, these gardens have become a popular destination for nature lovers in Jamaica. The beautiful flowers, peaceful ponds, and interesting native plants all help make the Cranbrook Flower Forest a relaxing adventure.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are provided down 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 fun 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

Ready for some action? Those hoping to test their luck on the slots will discover several opportunities to do so in and near the area.

The following chart provides some key facts regarding 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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