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.

Set near the center of downtown Treasure Beach, Frenchman's Bay is on the South West edge of Jamaica. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. Although travel usually involves making dozens of little decisions, choosing a beach that suits your family could be one of the most important. Before you arrive, consider some of Jamaica's most interesting 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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

You should remember 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 beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on Jamaica's South West coast. It is near some interesting sites like Breds Treasure Beach Sports Park, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Frenchman's Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Breds Treasure Beach Sports Park Park 0.4 mi. NW Jamaica
The Mud Palace Gallery Art Gallery 0.9 mi. SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Treasure Beach is the closest city 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 the shore, Treasure Beach isn't far off, about a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. Frenchman's Bay is not located near many major hotels, but you may encounter guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Though beach-goers won't find very many accommodations in the surrounding areas, those options closest to the beach can be viewed below.

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


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to enjoy a meal at a local restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within a reachable distance. Frenchman's Reef Restaurant & Bar is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers both International and Jamaican menu items. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Frenchman's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Frenchman's Reef Restaurant & Bar (876) 965-3049 International, Jamaican Very Casual 0.2 mi. SE
Pardy's Coffee Shop (876) 326-9008 International, Jamaican Very Casual 0.3 mi. ESE
Jack Sprat Restaurant (876) 965-3583 Caribbean Informal 0.3 mi. SE
Jake's Restaurant (876) 993-8400 Jamaican Informal 0.4 mi. SE
Gee Wiz Vegetarian Restaurant (876) 787-7103 Caribbean, Vegetarian Very Casual 0.9 mi. ESE
Hold a Vibz Cafe (876) 540-7981 Vegetarian Very Casual 0.9 mi. SE
Marblue Gourmet (876) 965-3408 International Fine Dining 0.9 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them in Jamaica will have lots of options besides Frenchman's Bay.

If the active mood at Frenchman's Bay is what you're looking for, think about heading to Starve Gut Bay, a beach with a similar ambiance. It is located three and a half miles to the northwest. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Crane Beach is an area which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it just a cab ride away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Billy Bay, which is located a mile and a half away.

You may find that Frenchman's Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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