The following list provides a brief description of several of the most beautiful beaches. Make sure to visit as many as you can on your next vacation in Jamaica.
Lime Cay is a gorgeous area for bathing and water sports just outside of Kingston. Because it is a small island, it’s best to hire a boat at Port Royal to transport you back and forth between this little slip and the city port area.
Two of the most popular beaches in Jamaica are Turtle Beach and Mallard Beach. Both are tourist-oriented spots with plenty of food, fun activities and fellow visitors. Several hotels are located along both of the beaches, so if you are looking for a place to stay on the water, these might be good spots to search for accommodations.
Additionally, travelers in Jamaica should be sure to check out the famous James Bond Beach, which is home to the Golden Eye Hotel. The hotel was the former residence of James Bond writer Ian Fleming. The waterfront is owned by the hotel, so for a small fee of approximately $3(USD), non-guests can enjoy the sand and surf of this famous locale. Water sports rentals are available, which make for a perfect trip for those James Bond fans who dream of their own exciting ride at this site, where the movie Dr. No was filmed.
Don’t forget to visit Dunn’s River Beach, located under the famous Dunn’s River Waterfalls, where the Dunn’s River meets the Caribbean Sea in amazing, visual splendor. Visitors can climb the falls, swim in small whirlpools or just admire the natural beauty from the beach not far down from the waterfall.
Seven Mile Beach, famous for being a favorite hot spot of the 1960’s hippie movement, is home to a care-free, laid-back environment that includes nude bathing. Although it was once an idyllic retreat into natural Jamaica, now this area is more of a tourist attraction than a hippie retreat.
For visitors with children, Montego Bay offers several appropriate beaches. Cornwall Beach is lively and happening, offering a variety of concessions and water-sport activities. Also a great place to visit, Walter Fletcher Beach is guarded from the surf, and on windier days, offers exceptional bathing and swimming opportunities that may not be found elsewhere. With calmer waters, this beach is recommended for a visit with children.
MoBay’s most famous bathing spot, Doctor’s Cove Beach, was founded in 1906 when a group of doctors banded together to bathe here. At the time, access to the small cave was limited, and it was later destroyed by a 1932 hurricane. Although the cave is no longer there, the popularity of the bathing spot lived on, especially when Sir Herbert Bake claimed in 1920 that the waters in this location had curative powers. The crystal clear water, almost always between 78 degrees F and 84 degrees F, is fed by mineral springs. Admission costs approximately $5(USD), and there are plenty of changing areas and showers, as well as dining options.
Boston Bay Beach, an easily missed but beautiful bathing area, is just outside Port Antonio, perfect for small fishing trips and surfing. Snack stands around the beach serve delicious jerk pork, a tradition in Jamaica. Formerly owned by author Roger Moore (The Happy Hooker and The Greek Berets), he donated this small beach to the Jamaican government.
Frenchman’s Bay is said to be among the most beautiful beaches in the world. For a small charge – approximately $3(USD) – a visitor can sunbathe, swim, body surf, or simply relax in the shaded parts of this gorgeous Jamaican treasure.
Blue Lagoon Beach is famous for hosting Brooke Shields in the movie Blue Lagoon. The deep water is a gorgeous shade of cobalt blue and is excellent for swimming and enjoying the environment.