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The Top 20 Most Beautiful Beaches in Jamaica

By Alex Moretti


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Jamaica is already commonly referred to as one of the most beautiful places to visit in the entire world and for good reason too.

Whether you’re a big fan of their local reggae music, their delicious jerk chicken or of course, their unique Blue Mountain coffee, you’re bound to find something that you’ll fall in love with when venturing out through Jamaica.

But, despite all that we mentioned above, there is one extra reason as to why people love visiting Jamaica, and that is their incredible jewel-toned beaches.

In case you weren’t aware of it by now, Jamaican beaches are pretty much world renowned at this point, everybody knows that they have some of the most beautiful beach locations in the world and that’s a fact.

They have more than 900 kilometers of coastline though, so you can tell right off the bat that it’s not that easy to find the perfect beach for you.

This is why for today we have decided to bring you our very own top 20 of the most beautiful beaches in all of Jamaica. Our purpose here is to make your decision easier and to point you towards the best of the best.

So, without further ado, let’s start this list off right with our number 20 pick, aka:

20. Low Cay Beach

Low Cay Beach
Low Cay Beach / GoldenEye Resort, Oracabessa

The Low Cay beach is also where the writer for James Bond would actually relax in when he wasn’t writing any scripts.

This alone should be a great reason as to why you’d want to visit the site. But, if that’s not enough for you then you should also know that you have around 26 beach huts here too, making this an incredibly beautiful and serene place to visit with your families or even just by yourself.

19. Bamboo Beach

Bamboo Beach
Bamboo Beach Club

What used to be known as the Reggae Beach was recently renamed the Bamboo Beach, but despite this rebranding you’ll never find a time during which the reggae music isn’t blasting at max volume here.

This site is known for its incredible soul healing abilities, and while we don’t usually believe in the mystical, after spending a night here just walking along the shoreline, we can definitely say that we feel purer than ever before.

18. Lime Cay

Lime Cay
Lime Cay / routes.global

You can actually get to the Lime Cay quite easily, just get off of the coast of Kingston near the Port Royal and walk or better so, take the 15-minute boat ride and you’ll find yourself at the destination in no time.

What’s great about the Lime Cay is the fact that it’s a free of charge entry so you won’t have to break into the piggy bank just to get to enter the place in the first place.

This beach is famous for its snorkeling events and on top of that you can also take a local’s boat around the place and just have a blast exploring the site with your loved ones.

17. Mammee Bay

Mammee Bay
Mammee Bay / khourydoo

If you have a little more money to shill out then you need to go to the Mammee Bay because despite having a higher price tag than most of the other picks on our list, the Mammee Bay is well worth every penny because of just how much you can get from this site to begin with.

The views from the coastline here are literally out of this world, trust us when we tell you that you’ll never see anything like it again in your lifetime.

16. Cornwall Beach

Cornwall Beach
Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach

If you decide to spend the night at the Royal Decameron then you must have already planned out to take a swim around the Cornwall Beach. In that case you definitely made the right choice because this is one of the most relaxing beaches in the world.

On top of that you can find dozens of shopping sites around the area and you can dine on the finest of meals at any of the local restaurants there too. Overall, you can’t go wrong with the Cornwall Beach and that’s a fact.

15. Pellew Island Beach

Pellew Island Beach
Pellew Island Beach / pelleb / flickr

You will find the Pellew Island Beach near Port Antonio, or as the locals call it, you can go to the “Monkey Island” to really enjoy life to the max here.

This nickname was aptly given to the beach thanks to the many imported monkeys that can surprise tourists at any time of the day. Don’t worry though, they’re specifically trained not to hurt anyone, but we’d still recommend holding your purse close just in case they get a little too grabby.

14. Aqua Sol Beach

Aqua Sol Beach
Aquasol Beach, Montego bay

Despite being relatively unpopular as far as Jamaican beaches go, this is still in our honest opinion one of the most beautiful and relaxing beaches to visit in the whole country.

Take your friends here and if you’re interested in having some adrenaline pumping experiences then we highly recommend visiting the nearby Aqua Sol Theme Park too. The memories you’ll get from here will literally stick with you for the rest of your life, we can promise you that.

13. Puerto Seco Beach

Puerto Seco Beach
Puerto Seco Beach / visitjamaica.com

You can find the Puerto Seco Beach right up into the heart of the Discovery Bay, right next to the Ocho Rios. What sets this one apart from most other locations is the fact that it offers a plethora of incredible activities that will have you smiling and enjoying life constantly.

For example, you have parasailing, kayaking, or you can just take a boat and enjoy the scenery as much as you want, taking as many pictures as your phone can take.

We highly recommend spending a couple of days here just swimming around too, and once you’re done with the beach itself go and visit the nearby waterpark too, you’ll absolutely love the slides here.

12. Burwood Beach

Burwood Beach
Burwood Beach / whitemon.wordpress.com

You will find the Burwood Beach right next to Falmouth, and the main reason as to why you would pick this over any of the other locations presented here is if you want your fun to never slow down, never stop.

Essentially, this is where the party is at, doesn’t matter if it’s day or night, the Burwood Beach has all of the fun that you could ever ask for.

If you want to know more about the location’s history you can also book a guide and they’ll take you on a journey explaining the humble beginnings of the Burwood Beach and how it became a staple of Jamaican tourism.

11. Dunn’s River Falls Beach

Dunn’s River Falls Beach
Dunn’s River Falls Beach / kevinfath.blogspot.com

If you want to go to a beach that just radiates exoticism and otherworldliness then you have got to go to Dunn’s River Falls Beach.

This is one incredible dream location that will cause your jaw to drop from the moment you’ll have set your eyes on it.

As the name implies, you will also get to visit the 180-meter-high waterfalls which we highly recommend. While we usually would say that a day or two is enough to completely see everything there is to see to a waterfall, definitely take some extra days here to take in the scenery, you won’t regret it.

Also, make sure you visit Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa because it’s literally one of the most popular services in the whole country. People travel all around the globe to get to it, so you already know it’s worth every penny.

10. Boston Bay Beach

Boston Bay Beach
Boston Bay Beach / theworldupcloser.com

The Boston Bay Beach is where you go to if you really want to live life to the extreme, surfing away your problems.

The reason as to why it’s so popular with surfers is because the waves here are incredibly massive and yet they’re not as dangerous as you’d think. You’re constantly watched over by their security too so there’s no risk when it comes to crashing down anytime soon.

You’ll find the Boston Bay Beach around Port Antonio, so while you’re at it we highly recommend visiting the nearby restaurants and ordering a plate of hot Jamaican jerk food, it’ll literally take your tastebuds to a whole new level.

Even if you’re not into surfing, you can get lessons on it from professionals there, you can even try out windsurfing if you want. As for the best hotels around, we highly recommend going for the Hotel Mockingbird Hill or the Trident Hotel, they’re equally amazing.

9. Fort Clarence Beach

Fort Clarence Beach
Fort Clarence Beach / airbnb

This right here is the best beach that your money can buy if you want a more relaxing and calmer outing with your family.

Despite being very close to the capital of Kingston, you won’t find all that many crowds here which makes this the perfect location for the elderly or just for the people that don’t like to be in crowded areas, which is pretty much everyone considering the current pandemic situation.

The blue water here is remarkably beautiful and relaxing, and you can even get yourself all that you need for a picnic from a nearby shop so definitely do that if you want to enjoy life to the fullest.

Rent a lounge chair if you want to and play some volleyball while you’re at it, make this the perfect vacation that you’ll always think back to whenever you’re feeling down.

8. Winnifred Beach

Winnifred Beach
Winnifred Beach / Aamir Mian / flickr

The Winnifred Beach is especially popular amongst those that love snorkeling because the coral reefs here are incredibly easy to access at any time of the day.

You can find it near Port Antonio again, and right off the bat you can tell why this is pretty much one of the most popular beaches in the country.

Despite being obviously covered in sand, you’ll also find plenty of trees surrounding the area, making this one of the most beautiful and serene places you’ll ever see.

Just be ready to share the beach with a lot of the locals too, since it is such a popular public beach after all.

We recommend spending the night at the Tropical Lagoon Resort if you really want to have the best sleep of your life, and on top of that the hotel is also within walking distance to the Winnifred Beach so you won’t have to drive to the beach every day, saving you a lot of money in the process.

7. Treasure Beach

Treasure Beach
Treasure Beach / theguardian.com

This is yet another one of those beaches that, despite being very popular, is often times also one of the calmest and least populated beaches in the country.

The nine kilometers of beach over here are sure to offer a ton of places to set up your camp and just take in the cold breeze alongside the warm sunlight.

If you’re more of the adventurous type you’ll have a blast here as the area is filled with hidden places that you can explore around in your own spare time. There are plenty of attractions nearby too, and a ton of hotels to choose from.

We highly recommend going for the Katamah Beachfront Guesthouse, but there are dozens of other competent choices to pick from.

6. Hellshire Beach

Hellshire Beach
Hellshire Beach / destinationkingston876.com

The Hellshire Beach is commonly referred to as one of the most popular locations in all of Jamaica simply because it offers everything you could possibly ask for from a beach and more.

You have the enchanting Blue Mountains in the background, the clear blue Jamaican water to swim around in and of course, all the entertainment you could ever ask for.

Every night is party night here, whether you’re looking for amazing open-air concerts, festivals or anything else of that sort, chances are that they’re happening as we speak in the Hellshire Beach.

The only real problem with it is that the top tier hotels that we recommend you go to here are all placed pretty far away from the beach, at around 16km or so. But if that doesn’t sound like a problem to you then make sure you spend the night at the Spanish Court Hotel, it’ll blow your mind to say the least.

5. Ocho Rios Bay Beach

Ocho Rios Bay Beach
SANDALS® Ochi Resort

This right here is one of the best cruise ports in the world, which is why you’ll most often find people coming from all around the globe here just to take a dip into the water so they can experience the beauty and serenity of the Jamaican water.

While you’re not allowed to go swimming everywhere you want to, you can still find some designated areas which are always great to see and fun to explore.

Make sure you also visit the nearby eateries and shops too; they offer some of the best traditional Jamaican food in the world and that’s a fact.

4. Bloody Bay

Bloody Bay
Bloody Bay / blacktomato.com

Despite having a relatively gruesome name, the Bloody Bay is actually quite a relaxing place to visit if you want to just take in the scenery and relax while you watch your loved ones dip in the crystal-clear water of the beach.

The great thing about the Bloody Bay is that it’s completely segmented into different private parts of the beachfront, meaning that you’ll always have your own designated spot to go to and you won’t have to deal with any annoying overcrowding, which you’d have to do if you were to visit a public beach for example.

You can also rent out a kayak or take part in the water sports there if you want to really enjoy life to the max while on your vacation.

3. Frenchman’s Cove

Frenchman’s Cove
Frenchman’s Cove

You might have already seen the Frenchman’s Cove before you even got to it in the first place and that is because it is often times depicted as the most beautiful vacation site in movies such as Club Paradise for example.

Whenever anyone even thinks about a tropical paradise, chances are that they’re unknowingly thinking about the Frenchman’s Cove and for good reason too.

This is one of those places that you have got to see with your own eyes because it’s incredible from top to bottom.

There’s nothing else that we can say about the Frenchman’s Cove other than that it’s one of the best out there, in the world.

2. Doctor’s Cave Beach

Doctor’s Cave Beach
Doctor’s Cave Beach / Youtube

If you have ever seen a picture that was heavily edited around to make the beach colors look so incredible that there’s no way that they’d be really like that in real life, then you have got to visit the Doctor’s Cave Beach Club because we can promise you that these pictures depict exactly what you’ll get there.

The beach is astonishingly blue and the sand is almost golden to say the least. On top of that, reggae music constantly plays on the beach and there are plenty of boutiques around the place that will make sure you have everything you need to make your stay there as memorable as possible.

1. Negril Beach

Negril Beach
Negril Beach / beaches.com

Also referred to as the Seven Mile Beach, the Negril Beach is by far one of the most popular beaches in all of Jamaica and quite possibly, one of the most popular beaches in the world too.

It is great from every angle conceivable, you have great spots for sunbathers, swimming here will literally make your day and don’t worry, there is plenty of water sport equipment for you to rent out and just have a blast with.

Whether you’re in it for the kayaking, the sailboats or just the swimming in general, you’ll find everything you could ever ask for from the local shops in no time.

Definitely spend the night over at the Catcha Falling Star hotel, it’s rated as number one in the area and for good reason too.


Negril Jamaica
Aerial view of Negril Beach / Hazal Ozturk / unsplash.com

So, there you have it, the top 20 best beaches in all of Jamaica. We hope that this list was helpful to you, and even if you don’t plan on visiting any of them, we hope that you got to find out more about Jamaica and their incredible beaches through this article.

Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to have fun while you’re out there!

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About Alex Moretti

Adventure junkie, content creator and storyteller, Alex left his nine-to-five career lifestyle to become a full time world traveler. He started his journey to the unknown 5 years ago and visited more than 30 countries and 400 cities ever since. Learn more about Placeaholic's Editorial Process.

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