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.

Positioned toward the eastern outskirts of Runaway Bay, Runaway Beach is on the North coast of Jamaica. You might want whether or not you are staying nearby. 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.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Runaway Beach at all, it's worth a try. Each country in the Caribbean has its own unique cuisine, and Jamaica is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to sample the local fare is right on the water. Did you know that some hotels are happy 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 snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. You may also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Runaway Beach does have public restrooms for your convenience. You'll also find umbrellas and chairs, so guests looking for a place to relax in the shade will get their wish. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Runaway Beach as well as its assortment of conveniences can be located within an area that sees many visitors. With that in mind, if your ideal vacation means the amenities are an important factor, it will be a smart idea to make it there early in the day before the other people show up or perhaps even going to a more secluded beach further away. If you come later, you possibly risk all of the services becoming already claimed by other guests.

What's Nearby


Found on Jamaica's North coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Runaway Bay Golf Course, which is not very far away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

If you want to see as many of Jamaica's attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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

Not far away you'll find Runaway Bay, a town which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the beach, Runaway Bay is a quick trip away, about less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how packed the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a good amount of hotel rooms within driving distance. A few of the more convenient options are seen in the list below.

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
The Cardiff Hotel and Spa 0.6 mi. SSW Resort
Tamarind Tree Resort Hotel 0.6 mi. SE Resort
Silver Creek Resort 0.7 mi. S Villa complex
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


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is L'Escargot. This restaurant serves both European and French menu items. They are also famous for their salads and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Runaway Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
L'Escargot (876) 973-5652 European, French, Vegetarian Informal 0.3 mi. E
Aquamarina Beach Bar & Grill (844) 903-1160 American Very Casual 0.4 mi. W
Coral Café (844) 903-1160 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 0.4 mi. W
Golden Saber Sushi (844) 903-1160 Japanese Informal 0.4 mi. W
Moonstone (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

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Jamaica, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

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

Jamaica has so much to offer, so visiting Runaway Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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