The beach at Negril is the longest and one of the most beautiful in Jamaica. It comprises 7 miles of white sandy beach and has some great snorkelling on the reef. There are lots of clubs, restaurants, jerk joints, reggae, beach bars, vendors, water sports and partial nudity. It is totally casual with a hedonistic vibe. A great place to watch the sunset is from Rick's Cafe or The Pickled Parrot.
Doctor’s Cave Montego Bay
Doctor’s Cave is a wonderful 5 mile stretch of pure white sands and crystal clear waters located right in the centre of the Montego Bay’s Hip Strip. Although it has a really central location, Doctor’s Cave Beach does not have radios, footballs or vendors so it can be a nice respite from the hectic Hip Strip. There are plenty of water sports available for a reasonable fee and water trampolines are free. There is a great restaurant for some casual food right on the beach. Dr Alexander McCatty donated Doctors Cave as a bathing spot in 1906.
If you want to get away from the crowds, head to the very south coast of Jamaica where you will find Treasure Beach. It can be pretty wild on occasion with crashing waves but the landscape is dramatically beautiful.
Turtle Beach - Ocho Rios
Turtle beach is located just off Main Street and is accessible via the ocean village shopping centre. It is the largest beach in Ocho Rios and stretches about 500m along the east side of Ocho Rios Bay. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for hire, and it is possible to try out a wide range of water sports (scuba diving, jet skis and kayaks are all available). There is a roped-off swimming area in the sea which is very flat and (thanks to the gradual slope of the sea bed) warm.
A famous Jamaican landmark, this breathtaking picture-perfect white sand beach is a tropical slice of heaven. Lounge chairs are lined along the seashore, some grouped amongst shady random clusters of hundred year old almond and palm trees, while others are arranged closer to the water’s edge. Enjoy soft reggae music and great Jamaican hospitality. A large bamboo bar offers exotic cocktails and beverages, and the seaside restaurant serves tasty local cuisine.
Round Hill Beach
The beach at Roundhill is a wonderful quite crescent shaped cove with crystal clear calm waters and pristine white sand. The beach at Roundhill has the wonderful advantage of having natural shade from the trees that are dotted on the beach. There is also waiter and bar service on the beach. There are beautiful views to the mountains and rainforests from the beach. There is also a lovely walk along the coast where you will find several small coves that are stony but really lovely and the perfect place to relax and sunbath if you want total peace.
Half Moon Beach
There are a total of two miles of beautiful beach at the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay divided between two main beach areas. The beach directly in front of the hotel is called Sunset beach and it is a crescent shaped picture perfect beach with pristine white sand and calm crystal clear turquoise waters. The second beach is Sunrise Beach which is located on the east side of the hotel. Water Sports and Beach Activities snorkel, sail, dive, wind surf, water ski and kayak are amongst the water borne activities available at Half Moon.
Boston Bay Beach
Boston Bay Beach (Port Antonio) is known not only for its white sands and clear waters, but also for the great jerk-pork stands. This beach has the biggest waves in Jamaica, and you can rent surfboards and even get a lesson.
Walter Fletcher Beach
Walter Fletcher Beach is less Robinson Crusoe but is much more lively then its neighbour Doctor’s Cave. It is a great place for preteens and teenagers as there is a full gym, theme bar and restaurant, souvenir shop, all water sports, playground, go-carts, music, night club, diving, jet skis, glass bottom boat, snorkelling via offshore boats to the nearby reef and security. Admittance fee is $10. Activities fees vary and are reasonable.