Boating and Sailing Near Runaway Bay

Direct access to Runaway Boat is limited, but a little planning can make it happen

Photo credit: © Milan Hlavc

If sailing a yacht to the Caribbean is on your bucket list, making the journey to Runaway Bay is a great way to do so. Not only is it possible to sail here from international waters, but those who prefer to let someone with knowledge of local waters do the sailing can hire a charter when they arrive.

Boat Rentals and Charters

From romantic sunset sails to booze cruises, a charter company near to Runaway Bay specializes in fun sailing for tourists and locals alike. They are called Heave-Ho Charters, and make getting out on local waters even more desirable.


Just east is Discovery Bay where you'll find an official port of entry. As you approach Discovery Bay, fly your "Q" flag, and be prepared to submit all the appropriate documentation to customs officials as soon as you dock. These will include a list of your supply stores, a crew manifest, departure permissions from your last port of call, and your boat's registration. If you've hired a crewed charter yacht, they'll take care of all of this for you. After customs has officially welcomed you to Jamaica, you'll then be free to sail to Runaway Bay.

Although located on the coast, there is no marina in Runaway Bay, and while you may be able to find a dock and pay for anchorage, your safest bet would be to pay for slip at a marina like the Glistening Waters Marina in Falmouth or the Sunset Jamaica Grande Hotel Marina in Ocho Rios.

Nearby Anchorages
Name Location Latitude Longitude
Anchorage Discovery Bay - Discovery Bay 18.4629513234 -77.4032092094

Whether you're planning to brave international waters and sail to Runaway Bay yourself, or you'd just like to sign up of a boat tour of the area, sailing around this island is an adventure you won't want to miss.


Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.