Jamaica is home to dozens of beautiful beaches and thanks to our tropical marine climate, beach season is all year round. Are you in need of some sun, sand and relaxation? Are you longing for a swim in the cool Caribbean sea?
Well then, get your beach body in check, and let’s hit the road. These are the top ten beaches for both locals and tourists to visit for a great get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.
Negril Seven Miles Beach
Located in the resort town of Negril, Westmoreland, the 7 Miles Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the western end of the island. Claiming seven miles of beautiful white sand, this beach is most popular amongst tourists and locals who often take excursions to the location.
The brilliant white sand is crowned by towering cliffs and boasts an old light house that’s an added attraction for the beach goer who also loves sightseeing. If you’re looking for the best beach in Jamaica, this is by far the #1 option.
San San Beach
San San Beach is located in Port Antonio and is a popular beach for the nature and wildlife lover. The surrounding reefs make it possible for activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving. San San Beach is a perfect location for observing the creatures of the sea and the surrounding natural elements.
Doctor’s Cave Beach
Located along what’s popularly known as the Hip Strip in Montego Bay, St. James, this beach is operated by the Doctor’s Cave Hotel but is open to the public for use at a cost. A natural spring runs into the beach, making the water cool and fresh. Doctor’s Cave boasts modern amenities such as a bar, shower stalls, changing rooms and a restaurant. There are also lounge chairs available for those who crave rest and relaxation.
Hellshire is famous worldwide for its sumptuous seafood menu which includes shrimp, lobster, crabs and a variety of fish that is served fresh from the ocean. Hellshire is a narrow beach that is located in the environs of the urban city of Portmore. The beach is known for its entertainment value and is a popular site for dancehall themed events. If you are looking for a good time – good food and good music, Hillshire is definitely the place to be.
Dunn’s River Beach & Falls
Home to the popular Dunn’s River Falls, the beach is located in the parish of St. Ann and the resort town of Ocho Rios. The water from the falls run into the beach, making it cool and relaxing. Once you’ve had enough of the cool waters, then you can indulge in climbing the falls and the many other beach activities that are offered by the location.
James Bond Beach
The James Bond Beach is located in Port Maria, St. Mary. This beach is home to beautiful scenic views and clear pristine waters. It got its name from the famous writer Ian Fleming who was a regular visitor to the beach in his time. For the adventurous beach goer, glass bottom boats and kayaks are available for short sea tours.
Aqua Sol Beach and Theme Park
Aqua Sol is also located on the Hip Strip in Montego Bay, St. James. Aqua Sol is great for family outings because of the numerous entertainment offerings provided. The beach park offers go-karts, trampolines, bounce houses, rock climbing, tennis courts and many other amenities. Jamaican food and refreshments are also available to feed the hungry and thirsty.
Lime Cay Beach
This beach is located on the Lime Cay which is a few minutes off the shore of Kingston. To get to this beach, one must travel by boat from Port Royal. The Lime Cay beach is a secluded location that is best suited for family outings such as picnics and for playing water sports. This is the place to be if your aim is for a private sunbathing/swimming experience.
Bluefields Beach Park
Bluefields is a secluded little beach on the western end of the island. Surrounded by trees and natural vegetation, the shady beach provides a serene and relaxing environment for the nature lover. For an untouched, unpolluted and uncrowded experience, the Bluefields Beach is perfect.
Flavours Beach & Grill
The Flavours Beach and Grill is located in Runaway Bay, St. Ann and was newly refurbished and made open to the public. With the closure of the nearby Puerto Seco Beach, Flavours is the go to location for sun, sand and sea while in St. Ann. Outfitted with a bar and grill, beach chairs and changing/shower facilities, Flavours is perfect for a relaxing day.
And there you have it, ten of the most popular beaches in Jamaica that are great vacation spots.
This list, of course, is just a small fraction of the island’s beach offerings. Jamaica has dozens of beautiful beaches along the coastline. Many of them are un-named and undisturbed locations that are perfect for adventure.
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