Jamaican Beaches

Our Jamaica Beaches are rated amongst the Caribbean's and the World's best beaches, and at the top of the list is Negril's 7 mile beach, but there are many other excellent beaches in Jamaica. Almost all our Resorts have their own top quality beach, with access usually restricted to guests, and with over 50 public beaches around the island you are spoilt for choice.

A small secluded beach in the Great Pedro Bay area of Treasure Beach

In addition there are numerous small coves ... hidden gems ... scattered right around the island, like this one in Treasure BeachSome of these are private, some you can only get to by sea, and others are public if you know where to find them.

A lot of our beaches in Jamaica are protected by reefs, and the sea is like a pond most of the time. Others are open to the ocean with no reef to protect them, and there are constant breakers and strong tides. Always ask for and listen to advice from the locals when swimming on any beach.

A few of our beaches on the South Coast, like Alligator Pond, have black sand due to traces of iron in the sand, but most of our Jamaica beaches have white sand. The only drawback of the sand being black is that it gets very hot in the sun, and you will need to wear sandals on the beach.

Some Jamaica Beaches are very popular and crowded, others are more secluded, and you will have them more or less to yourself. You will find food stalls on most public beaches, but other facilities vary greatly.

Our best known beaches are listed below, with links to some that you should enjoy visiting.

Beaches On The West Coast

Hanover and Westmoreland

Beaches On The South Coast


  • Bluefields Beach - a favorite beach for local residents.
  • Belmont Beach - location of the Peter Tosh museum and his birthplace.
  • Auchindown Beach - now the site of the Sandals Whitehouse Resort.
  • Whitehouse Beach - a very popular fishing beach.

St Elizabeth

  • Font Hill Beach - a nice beach popular with local residents.
  • Black River's Crane Road Beach
  • Treasure Beach - Fort Charles Bay, Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay, Great Pedro Bay


  • Alligator Pond - black sand, a popular fishing beach, near to Treasure Beach, and home to the the very popular and fabulous Little Ochi Seafood Restaurant.

St Catherine

  • Hellshire Beach - the home of fry fish and very popular with Kingstonians.

St Thomas

  • Prospect Beach - a nice beach, and should not be too crowded.
  • Swimmers Bay Beach - an excellent public beach restored and modernized by St Thomas residents.

Beaches On The East Coast


  • Long Bay Beach - can be heavy seas as it is open to the ocean.
  • And Just On the North Eastern Tip of Jamaica

  • Boston Bay Beach - east of Port Antonio right in the home of Boston Jerk Pork.
  • Fairy Hill Beach - east of Port Antonio.
  • Frenchman's Cove - east of Port Antonio, and private but can pay to use.
  • Winifred Beach - secluded public beach east of Port Antonio and popular with Jamaicans.

Beaches On The North Coast

St Mary

  • James Bond Beach, Oracabessa - private, but can pay to use.

St Ann

  • Dunn's River Beach - at the mouth of Dunn's River.
  • Turtle Beach - in the centre of Ocho Rios with several hotels along it.
  • Cardiff Hall Public Beach, Runaway Bay - close to the Superclubs Resort.
  • Puerto Seco Beach, Discovery Bay - one of the best on the north coast.

St James

  • Rose Hall Beach Club, Montego Bay - pay to use.
  • Doctor's Cave Beach Club Montego Bay - pay to use.
  • Walter Fletcher Beach, Montego Bay - now the home of the Aquasol Beach and Theme Park.
  • Cornwall beach, Montego Bay - pay to use.

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