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 will find several beaches to visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for visitors who enjoy this relaxing pastime. You can click on the beach names for more detail concerning that particular location.

If you like to snorkel, a place with that 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 snorkelers is Salem Paradise Beach. On Jamaica's northern shore and popular with boaters, this is a beautiful white sand beach.

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 a full range of choices for beaches in and around the area. For more in formation concerning beaches available, click here.


Green Grotto Caves

Although most tourists come for the region's beaches, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Green Grotto Caves. It is situated in 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

Visitors can also visit a park, as well as 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 found 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 available are listed right 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 naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Runaway Bay can be seen right below.

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

Looking for a bit of action? Travelers interested in trying their luck on the slots can find a few places to go in and near the area.

The following table enables you to get more information on the the gaming choices 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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