Fall in love with the dreamy beaches synonymous with the Heartbeat of the World! Jamaica has long been praised, with good reason, for our captivating shorelines caressed by the Caribbean Sea. From sandy stretches alongside sapphire water to shadowy shores welcoming surf surges; our varied beach options will leave you with more colourful memories than a seashell collection. Some of the best beaches in Jamaica can be found along both the northern and southern coasts.
Jamaica North Coast Beaches
Beaches around Montego Bay
In the island’s tourist capital lies a tranquil patch of paradise that people around the globe flock to. Flying planes cross the sea here, with front row seats right from the shore. The waters of Doctor's Cave Bathing Club in midst of the pulsating ‘Hip Strip’ are reputed to possess remedial capabilities. Its neighbouring Dead End Beach, a frequented local hotspot, sits on a smaller scale to conclude the strip. Add a little adventure to your beach day with slides, watersports, and go-kart racing for the whole family at Aqua Sol Theme Park.
Beaches around Ocho Rios
This coastal town is a wonderful mixture of nature and city life. With a name that translates to ‘Eight Rivers’, it’s no surprise that it is home to an abundance of flowing water. Breathtaking meeting points of rivers and the Caribbean Sea include the exquisite rolling garden of Laughing Waters and the nature-carved stairway of Dunn’s River Falls. Venture to the outskirts of the town and enjoy more sandy treasures, like the floating obstacle course at Puerto Seco Beach and rock-framed pools by the beach between The Cove at Draxhall.
Beaches around Port Antonio
Frenchman's Cove Beach is another gleaming estuary surrounded by spreads of greenery. Swim in the warm, salty waters of the sea before taking a chilled bath in its fresh river water. Just a stone’s throw away, San San Beach shares the same dazzling jewel colour of the deep. If looking to incorporate surfing into your itinerary, visit the rolling waves where it all began on the island at Boston Beach or the fine powdery of Winnifred Beach.
Jamaica South Coast Beaches
Beaches around Negril
Seven Mile Beach is a continuous stretch of coastline dotted with resorts and local hotspots. The shoreline is home to buzzing attractions such as Long Bay Beach Park and the spirited tropical franchise of Margaritaville, Sink your toes into some of the softest sand the island has to offer here.
Beaches around St. Elizabeth
Treasure Beach is affectionately known as a home of community tourism, populated with multiple eateries, villas and boutique hotels in a small vicinity. Relish fresh seafood straight from the boat to your plate at a restaurant within this fishing village. Not all areas on this group of coves and bays are ideal for a swim, but where it may lack smooth seas is filled to the brim with character.
Beaches around Kingston
It may come as a surprise to many that Jamaica’s capital city also houses several swimmable beaches. Darker shores cover much of the south coast, which can be found at Jamnesia’s surfing mecca as well as Bob Marley Beach, both within the late reggae icon’s community. Journey by boat from the historic former pirate city of Port Royal to offshore patches of white sands at Lime Cay and Maiden Cay.
Whether seeking a quiet getaway where your only concern is how much sunscreen to apply, or filled with the warmth of both our tropical climate and local hospitality, the treasure trove of beaches here in Jamaica will be sure not to disappoint!