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 center of downtown Treasure Beach, Frenchman's Bay is on the South West coast of Jamaica. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Though there are a lot of choices to be made on vacation, choosing a beach that suits your family could be one of the most important. You will find that beaches like Frenchman's Bay are some of the best options in Jamaica.

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, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

You should remember that Frenchman's Bay's location is an urban area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Jamaica. You can stay at the nearby Treasure Beach Hotel, which is found pretty close-by. Tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this property, one of the closest hotels reachable from Frenchman's Bay, though you may not find too many other close-by attractions.

Cities and Towns

Cities near Frenchman's Bay include Treasure Beach, which is not overly developed, and it will be a pleasant day trip for guests looking to check out the local scene. From the beach, Treasure Beach is not far away, roughly a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Frenchman's Bay is not near very many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

While there aren't many hotels that are within a short car ride, the closest ones are listed in the table below.

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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to eat at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is Yabba Restaurant. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and Jamaican menu items. They're also renowned for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided in the following table.

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 Resort Restaurant (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 nice beaches, so if Frenchman's Bay doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If the exciting vibe at Frenchman's Bay has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider checking out Starve Gut Bay, a spot with the same type of electricity. You'll find it three and a half miles to the northwest. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Crane Beach is a location removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. You'll find it only a cab ride away from the coast.

You may also want to consider Billy Bay, which is located within a short distance.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Jamaica, but Frenchman's Bay is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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