Best Tourist-Friendly and Off-the-Beaten-Path Beaches in Jamaica

If your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand, or swimming in the ocean, then our Jamaica guide is just what you need. Our 10Best list highlights the best places to soak up the sun, with Treasure Beach being a top choice for an authentic beach experience and Doctor's Cave Beach being a favorite of our editors and readers for its convenience and amenities.

For a mixture of soft sand and beautiful wildlife, the Fonthill Beach Park has its own sprawling nature preserve, making it an easy choice for a full day outdoors. Those who want their own island in the sun can check out Lime Cay, just outside of Kingston, for isolated areas away from the crowds (read: nude beach).

Negril's world-famous Seven Mile Beach is dotted with restaurants, small inns and hotels, and lively beach bars and that heat up during spring break each year. For cruisers visiting Falmouth or Ocho Rios, there are several options nearby the cruise ports that make an easy day trip for those on a time crunch.

Turn off the laptop, pack your beach attire, and get ready for a relaxing day of taking in rays on some of Jamaica's best beaches.



Cornwall Beach draws large crowds because of its central location near major hotels and restaurants. But don't let the crowds keep you away--this is an excellent destination for spending your day dining in the sun, playing on the beach, or...  Read More



This small, private beach with a stunning, vibrant river feeding into it sets the stage for a perfect day. A cafe serves up cocktails and local dishes - served right to the beach (although expect tourist prices). The water here is cooler here...  Read More



A small but pleasant beach in St. Elizabeth features golden sand and turquoise waters. Covered picnic areas, volleyball nets, and storage lockers make this a great picnic beach. As an added incentive to visit, the Fonthill Wildlife Sanctuary is...  Read More



Hidden by a marsh area, Red Stripe Beach is a new attraction for cruise passengers. After the new port opened in Falmouth to accommodate larger ships, Red Stripe Beach opened to offer cruise passengers an easy choice for some soft sand....  Read More



Located in Trelawny Parish, the birthplace of Olympic sprinter, Usain Bolt, Burwood Beach is a popular public beach with sugar sand and striking water. Local vendors catch and cook up fresh fish, and the attitude is as low key as it gets....  Read More

Seven Mile Beach
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Post card perfect, the fishing village of Negril boasts the world-famous, 7-Mile Beach, which erupts with parties during Spring Break. Each March, college students flock to the beach to soak in some sun, drink rum punch, and dance the night...  Read More



This small, uninhabited island off the coast of Kingston (Port Royal) is as quiet as can be during the week and is ideal for nude sunbathing. (There is almost no foot traffic at that time.)On Sundays, the locals bring limes, food, beer, and good...  Read More



Praised as being one of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica, this Port Antonio treasure is under-the-radar. As one of the longest beaches in the area, there are plenty of spots in the sand. Strong currents and larger waves make this a surfing...  Read More



You can't find a better beach destination in Montego Bay than Doctor's Cave Beach, and since everyone knows it, you may as well join the daily celebration on the sand. And there is plenty to celebrate. The beach is five miles long and is...  Read More

Treasure Beach
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The sleepy fishing town of Treasure Beach is refreshingly off the tourist trail. Hiking, biking, fishing, and sun bathing on a quiet beach replace nightlife, paragliding, and jet ski rentals at this southwestern coastal town. The easy-going...  Read More


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