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 along the eastern outskirts of Runaway Bay, Runaway Beach is on the North coast of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. Runaway Beach is somewhat unique because it's a generally active beach, but it's rarely crowded. If you'd rather socialize than take a nap on a completely empty beach, but don't want to fight for a spot on the sand, this beach offers a nice middle ground.

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. There are so many dining experiences to be had in Jamaica, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially memorable. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. 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. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Runaway Beach because there are public restrooms. Additionally, you will have access to umbrellas and chairs, so visitors hoping for relief from the sultry island sun will not go leave unhappy. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

You should remember that the area right around Runaway Beach is rather congested, so you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Runaway Beach is on the North coast of Jamaica; the area hosts attractions such as Runaway Bay Golf Course, which is only a short distance away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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

Runaway Beach is near Runaway Bay, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. The closest town is Runaway Bay, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the coast, Runaway Bay is just up the road, maybe less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of places to stay within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient possibilities are displayed in the following list.

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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Runaway Beach; you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest places to eat is Aquamarina Beach Bar & Grill. This restaurant serves delicious American food. They are also known for serving hamburgers and sandwiches. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown in the table below.

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 searching for the perfect beach in Jamaica will have lots of options besides Runaway Beach.

You may also enjoy Little Laughlands Bay, which is located reasonably close-by, meaning a short ride in a taxi should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to Runaway Beach could end up a family favorite.


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