Frenchman's Bay

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Frenchman's Bay is one of four bays that make up the Treasure Beach area of Jamaica. Although Frenchman's Bay remains relatively secluded and underpopulated now, it is fast becoming a popular tourist spot.

Located near the middle of downtown Treasure Beach, Frenchman's Bay is on the South West coast of Jamaica. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying nearby. Although planning a vacation means you'll make lots of choices, choosing a beach that suits your family could be one of the most important. Jamaica is full of fun options, like Frenchman's Bay.

How to Access The Beach
Frenchman's Bay is located off Ocean View Hill Drive near Treasure Trove Cottage.

Amenities and Ambiance

Frenchman's Bay is shadowed by Santa Cruz mountain range, and this makes it slightly greener than some of the other beaches on the island. Cacti and acacia trees are prevalent here. The Bay features blindingly white sands and water in a shade of turquoise that can only be described as amazing. Be aware that the currents are strong here, so weak swimmers should stay close to shore.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Bear in mind that Frenchman's Bay's immediate surroundings are a popular spot, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Frenchman's Bay is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on Jamaica's South West coast. Accommodations nearby include the Treasure Beach Hotel, which can be found a couple hundred yards to the west-northwest, and is perhaps the closest hotel near Frenchman's Bay, despite the fact that there aren't many other popular spots close-by.

Cities and Towns

Frenchman's Bay is near Treasure Beach, so walking the city is a definite option. Treasure Beach is the closest town to Frenchman's Bay. It is certainly not a bustling region, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for guests wishing to get a better feel for the area. From Frenchman's Bay, Treasure Beach isn't far off, about a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it can attract visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Though beach-goers will generally find few accommodations in the surrounding areas, those accommodations closest to the beach are shown in the list that follows.

Accommodations near Frenchman's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Treasure Beach Hotel 0.1 mi. WNW Resort
Golden Sands Beach Cottage 0.2 mi. SE Resort
Jake's Resort 0.4 mi. SE Resort
Two Seasons Guest House 0.5 mi. NW Guest house


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Frenchman's Bay; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest places to eat is Yabba Restaurant. The restaurant has both Caribbean and Jamaican dishes on the menu. They are also famous for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are listed below.

Restaurants near Frenchman's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Yabba Restaurant (876) 965-0114 Caribbean, Jamaican Informal 0.1 mi. WNW
Frenchman's Reef Restaurant & Bar (876) 965-3049 International, Jamaican Very Casual 0.2 mi. SE
South Jammin' Sports Bar & Restaurant (876) 377-4817 International, Jamaican Very Casual 0.2 mi. ESE
Jack Sprat Restaurant (876) 965-3583 Caribbean Informal 0.3 mi. SE
Jake's Country Kitchen (876) 993-8400 Jamaican Informal 0.4 mi. SE
Marblue Gourmet (876) 965-3408 International Fine Dining 0.9 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Jamaica has many beaches, so Frenchman's Bay is just one of your options.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Frenchman's Bay is one of the features you love, think about also visiting Starve Gut Bay, another destination with a good amount of excitement. It is located three and a half miles to the northwest. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, you might find what you want at Crane Beach. You'll find it within the range of a cab.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Billy Bay, which is located within a short distance.

Perhaps Frenchman's Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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