The Best Jamaican Beaches, contributed by Tracie Blake
A visitor simply cannot leave the
island without basking under the bright yellow sun at one of our amazing beaches.
Below are the most favourite ones:
The Aqua Sol Beach & Theme Park
located along the "Hip Strip" of Montego Bay is an excellent family
beach. It houses concession stands, changing rooms, shower stalls,
tennis courts and a hair salon.
This beach experience is topped off by an
indoor entertainment centre where you can play a game of pool while
enjoying lunch and a drink with live music.
The Cornwall Beach is another beach located along the famous "Hip Strip" of Montego Bay.
It hosts a variety of concession stands, water sports
and musical entertainment for the entire family. This beach has a
private entrance and takes pride in keeping guests entertained.
Along the Hip Strip we also have the Doctors Cave Beach affiliated with the Doctors Cave Hotel but is open to the public also. This beach boasts hot dog stands, concession stands, shower stalls, changing rooms and a hair salon.
The waters of this beach are a mixture of natural spring waters and
the ocean as there is a spring that runs from a cave directly into the
ocean. More on Doctor's Cave.
The Boston Bay Beach located in Port Antonio is a beautiful setting amid almond trees.
This is a small and quaint beach where you can get an array of choices in jerk pork and jerk chicken from the snack stands.
The Frenchman’s Bay Beach
in Port Antonio also boasts an abundance of trees. This quaint beach
spot not only provides great spots for laying down your towel and
sunbathing but is also a great beach for swimming and surfing.
Again in Port Antonio, the Blue Lagoon Beach
beckons. This beach has earned its name because of how blue the water
is. It’s reflection of the sky is twice as much and makes it even more
inviting. The Blue Lagoon Beach is an excellent swimming location and
is cognizant of an untouched oasis.
The Cardiff Hall Beach
which is located in St. Ann is set in the middle of a secluded
countryside. If you are looking for a quiet get away, this is the beach
You can sit, read and sunbathe all day long.
You are liable to get lost in your thoughts while soaking up the cool,
The Dunn’s River Beach
is located at the famous Dunn’s River Falls in St. Ann and is a
pleasure to swim in. This beach is birthed from the waters rolling down
the falls and meeting the ocean at a perfect spot. The warm and cold
tropical waters have a nice soft red colored sand that makes relaxing in
it even better.
The Fairy Hill Beach
located in Port Antonio is a tranquil, quiet beach where there are no
lines to get to the beach front and there is no crowding when you’re
This is an informal beach with a wide variety
of dining facilities nearby. And, if you are too relaxed to move, feel
free to place your order and have your meal brought to you right there
on the beachfront.
Fort Clarence Beach is located near in the country’s
capital and does not bring with it the beauty of the other beaches but
its black sands and buzzing activities around the beach is
enough to make a beach-goer not want to leave.
is a secluded beach that is great for a getaway. Located in St. Ann,
this beach is popular for parasailing. In addition to para sailing, the
guest can partake in diving from small cliffs located along this small
is not a swimming beach but more like an entertainment and hanging out
spot for locals. This beach is located near Portmore and boasts
numerous food stands and live
entertainment. This beach is a buzz of activities on weekends and
guests are there until wee hours of the morning.
is a narrow beach located near Portmore. This is a nice beach by day
and a popular site for beauty contests, concerts and other entertainment
activities at nights.
This beach is packed with an abundance of local food and gift vendors.
James Bond Beach
is located near Port Maria and boasts beautiful views and a tropical
setting. The clear waters afford the privilege of seeing underwater
creatures going about their daily swim.
Glass bottom boats and kayaks
are very popular at this beach.
It got its’ name from the writer Ian Fleming who spent a lot of time swimming at this beach.
Lime Cay Beach
is located on an island off the shores of Kingston. It is a completely
secluded beach. Because of its location, the best route to this beach
is to travel to historic
Port Royal and take a boat ride over.
Visiting the Lime Cay Beach is an adventure
within itself. If you prefer the beach activities to going into the
water, then this is the beach for you. Bathing and water sports is the order of the day for this beach.
is located in the centre of Ocho Rios. This is a narrow stretch of
beach with soft sand, gorgeous vistas and warm tropical waters. Cruise
ship passengers and guests of the surrounding hotels frequent this
The Salem Paradise Beach has a natural beauty that is awesome. Located close to Runaway Bay,
it is a secluded beach which allows privacy.
It has its own
personality. It is a narrow beach with a setting of trees hanging by
the shore side. With these trees, it is difficult for one to even get
San San Beach
in Port Antonio is excellent for snorkeling and has a small bed of
protected coral reefs. These reefs make it a popular beach for scuba
diving as lovers of under water creatures can safely observe the wild
life and by scuba diving.
The Seven Mile Beach is a vast area in Negril filled with miles of golden sands.
Added to this, there are majestic cliffs
stretching all along this region and climaxing with an old lighthouse at
the end of the seven-mile stretch. This area is well loved and has
proven to be a Mecca for beach lovers.
Turtle Beach is a cozy coastline beach near Ocho
Rios. This beach is surrounded by Hotels and water sports are quite
With the cool winds and soft sands, this beach is practically in the
Caribbean Sea and thus welcomes all water sports. It is quite popular
for water biking, scuba diving and jet skiing.
These are only a few of the popular "watering holes" in Jamaica, there are also great Jamaican beaches on the South Coast such as Font Hill and the Bluefield’s Beach.
With an island nestled in the warm waters of the
Caribbean Sea, it is no surprise that our Jamaican beaches are just as
warm, beautiful and magnificent!