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 middle 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 in the vicinity. Although there are a lot of choices to be made on vacation, choosing the right beach can make all the difference. 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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Since Frenchman's Bay is of course found in an active, busy area, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Found on Jamaica's South West coast. It's located near the Treasure Beach Hotel and any nearby accommodations, it can be found pretty close-by. Some will choose to take a cab here, while others will prefer the walk to this property, perhaps the most conveniently located hotel near Frenchman's Bay, despite the fact that there aren't many additional attractions in the vicinity.

Cities and Towns

Frenchman's Bay is in the Treasure Beach area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Treasure Beach is the closest town to Frenchman's Bay. It is certainly not a bustling region, but it can be an interesting destination for guests wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the shore, Treasure Beach is a fairly short distance away, about a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can attract guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Although you will not find very many accommodations in the surrounding areas, those accommodations closest to Frenchman's Bay can be viewed in the following list.

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


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is Yabba Restaurant. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and Jamaican dishes on the menu. They also specialize in seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

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 several beautiful beaches, so Frenchman's Bay is just one of your options.

If the active mood at Frenchman's Bay has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider heading to Starve Gut Bay, another location where you'll find fun and action. 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 which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it only a taxi trip away from the shore.

Another option worth considering is Billy Bay, located within a short distance.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Jamaica, so visiting Frenchman's Bay is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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