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Lime Cay Jamaica
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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

I am convinced some of the world’s most beautiful and pristine beaches are right here in Jamaica. However, even though Kingston is our capital city, cultural and business hub and entertainment centre…when it comes to its beaches…compared to the rest of the island, especially Montego Bay, Negril, Portland and Ocho Rios… it is severely lacking. Unless you get on a boat and head out to Lime Cay.

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Lime Cay is a tiny, low-lying island cay with one of Jamaica's most exquisite beaches and is only fifteen minutes away by boat from Port Royal.

It is the largest of several small cays off the shore of Port Royal and is periodically buried by the rising tide, which makes it impossible for us to live out there. While we certainly can’t live there, that doesn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves out there as much as possible. Let’s talk about Sunda Lime.

On Sundays, Lime Cay has become a popular hang-out spot for locals, especially those from the city, particularly Kingston and Portmore. It’s all about having fun, relaxing, eating, drinking and being merry, Jamaican style.

Situated on the point of a peninsula, outside the international airport, Port Royal has a rich history as a former pirate settlement. It was formerly the biggest city in the Caribbean, a sanctuary for affluent privateers and a popular hangout for pirates looking to spend their looted riches.

The town's collapse was caused by fires, earthquakes and tsunamis which caused irreparable damage to the city and its center was eventually moved across the bay to what we now know as Kingston.

Despite its turbulent past, the remaining parts of the old saloons and fort walls give Port Royal an interesting, slightly edgy ambience. Port Royal itself is a major tourist attraction, so pay a visit before heading to Lime Cay. And let me add, that Port Royal has some of the best Fish and Bammy vendors in Jamaica!

How To Get To Lime Cay Jamaica

The easiest way to get to Jamaica's Lime Cay is from Port Royal by boat. Drive time from the city centre to Port Royal is about 45 minutes, even though it's close to Kingston.

Go to Y-Knot, a charming tavern with a wooden deck and overwater, close to the Port Royal pier, from where you may take a boat to Lime Cay. While waiting for your boat, you can eat and drink at the bar, but it's better to pack your food for a more satisfying supper.

A modest wooden pier with two moored fishing boats is located beyond the bar and deck. Just let them know that you would want to visit Lime Cay, and they will make travel arrangements for you. Depending on your party size and length of stay, the price usually begins at USD 12 per person.

What Should You Do At Lime Cay?

Lime Cay has 0 infrastructure, not even bathrooms. While that might be daunting, think about it as a blank canvas to do pretty much anything you want to. You can toss down a towel by the water and soak up some sunshine. Not into sunbathing? Feel free to wander a bit inland where the mangroves offer a shady retreat.

A stroll around the beach won’t take more than 15 minutes but the views are seriously Instagram-worthy. Lime Cay is a great playground for those who love watersports, and snorkeling out there will leave you absolutely mesmerised!

So is Lime Cay worth a visit…. Yes! Grab a group of friends and head out for a memorable experience. You can stay as long as you would like, but, and this is most important, remember to secure your boat ride back to Port Royal and don’t get stuck out there.

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References & Sources For Lime Cay Jamaica

  1. Freis, T.-A.| T.S. (2023) A local’s guide to Jamaica: Lime Cay Beach, The Swiss Freis. Available at: (Accessed: 17 April 2024).
  2. Lime Cay: Kingston, Blue Mountains & the Southeast Coast, Jamaica: Attractions (no date) Lonely Planet. Available at: (Accessed: 17 April 2024).
  3. Salyer, A. (2019) How to visit Lime Cay in Jamaica (with local tips): 2024, The Dharma Trails. Available at: (Accessed: 17 April 2024).
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