Runaway Beach

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While not completely empty, this bay beach does have enough space for everyone spread out. It's usually quiet, but the high season can bring crowds. There's plenty to see and do in the vicinity including bars and restaurants.

Located toward the eastern outskirts of Runaway Bay, Runaway Beach is on the North coast of Jamaica. You might want regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. At Runaway Beach, there's a nice balance between seclusion and amenities, which are easily accessed from the urban area nearby.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

You'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. Every location around the world has its own cuisine, and Jamaica is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to enjoy the local fare is right on the water. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Runaway Beach. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas here, so guests hoping for a shaded area to relax will not be disappointed. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Runaway Beach and its assortment of amenities can be found inside an area popular among tourist. With this in mind, if you know that the amenities influence your decision, naturally, it's an appropriate cause to get there earlier in the morning well before the other tourists come or perhaps even going to a more secluded beach away from the major areas. Otherwise, it's possible you may find all of the services becoming already claimed by other guests.

What's Nearby


Found on Jamaica's North coast; it's located near attractions like Runaway Bay Golf Course, which is a quarter mile away.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Jamaica. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Runaway Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Runaway Bay Golf Course Golf Course 0.3 mi. SW Jamaica
Grand Bahia Principe Casino 1.8 mi. W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Runaway Beach is in the Runaway Bay area, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The city of Runaway Bay is close-by and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Runaway Beach, Runaway Bay is just up the road, about 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 full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers will find a pretty nice selection of accommodations to pick from in the area surrounding Runaway Beach. The most accessible of which have been listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Runaway Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Jewel Runaway Bay Resort 0.4 mi. W Resort
Runaway Bay Heart Hotel 0.5 mi. SSE Hotel
Runaway Bay H.E.A.R.T. Hotel 0.6 mi. SSW Resort
The Cardiff Hotel and Spa 0.6 mi. SSW Resort
Tamarind Tree Resort Hotel 0.6 mi. SE Resort
Villa Sonaté 0.7 mi. SSW Hotel
Sunflower Beach Resort 0.8 mi. W Cottages
Piper's Cove Resort 0.8 mi. W Resort
Royal Decameron Club Caribbean 1.2 mi. E Resort
Club Ambiance 1.4 mi. W Resort


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is Aquamarina Beach Bar & Grill. The restaurant has American food. They have become well-known, however, because of their hamburgers and sandwiches. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Runaway Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Aquamarina Beach Bar & Grill (844) 903-1160 American Very Casual 0.4 mi. W
Coral Café (844) 903-1160 Buffet Very Casual 0.4 mi. W
Court Jesters Fire Oven Pizza (844) 903-1160 Italian Very Casual 0.4 mi. W
Golden Saber Sushi (844) 903-1160 Japanese Informal 0.4 mi. W
Moonstone by Vincenzo (844) 903-1160 Italian Fine Dining 0.4 mi. W
Platinum (844) 903-1160 Caribbean, Contemporary Fine Dining 0.4 mi. W
The Jade Samurai (844) 903-1160 Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Fine Dining 0.4 mi. W
Flavours Beach Bar and Restaurant (876) 973-5457 Jamaican Very Casual -- --
Jerky's -- Jamaican Very Casual -- --
Kidz Buffet (876) 973-4591 American Very Casual -- --
Rising Sun Restaurant & Bistro (876) 973-7908 -- -- -- --
Sharkie's -- International Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover in Jamaica, of course, so if Runaway Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Little Laughlands Bay, which is located fairly close-by, which means a quick ride in a taxi can take you where you want to go.

Runaway Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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