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 in the eastern outskirts of Runaway Bay, Runaway Beach is on the North coast of Jamaica. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. If there's one beach that appeals to a large rage of visitors, it's Runaway Beach, since it's fun and active, but rarely crowded. If you prefer to avoid Jamaica's quiet, secluded beaches, but don't want to fight the crowds every step of the way, this beach has the best of bost worlds.

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.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. Jamaica has plenty of fantastic eateries around town, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Many vacationers find it more convenient and relaxing to eat on near the beach than in another restaurant. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. On some days, it may be possible to purchase food from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Restrooms are available at Runaway Beach. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas, so visitors hoping for a shaded area to relax will get their wish. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Still, you will want to realize that while visitors here find some forms of amenities for you to enjoy if you go to Runaway Beach, it is found within a major tourist area. Unless you do not mind crowds, it'll be a smart motivator to think ahead against other visitors, for example heading to the beach for a breakfast picnic and cool swim. If you come later, you possibly find all the amenities becoming too busy.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on Jamaica's North coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Runaway Bay Golf Course, which is a quarter mile away.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. 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

The nearby town of Runaway Bay is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Runaway Beach, Runaway Bay is a quick trip away, about less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers will find a pretty nice range of resort and hotel options to choose from in the area that encircles Runaway Beach. The most accessible of which are shown 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
Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort by Curio 0.5 mi. NE Resort
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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you try an area restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, within a reachable distance. One of the closest places to eat is Aquamarina Beach Bar & Grill. The restaurant features American food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their hamburgers and sandwiches. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the following table.

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
Aquamarina Beach Bar & Grill -- American, Jamaican Very Casual 0.5 mi. NE
Coral Cafe -- Jamaican Informal 0.5 mi. NE
Court Jesters Fire Over Pizza -- Italian Very Casual 0.5 mi. NE
Golden Sabre Sushi -- Asian Informal 0.5 mi. NE
Jade Samurai -- Japanese Informal 0.5 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Runaway Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Another option worth considering is Little Laughlands Bay, which is located three and a half miles away.

Maybe Runaway Beach 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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