Jamaica is a beautiful island country in the Caribbean. The country is blessed with picturesque beaches overlapped by warm turquoise waters, which makes it a popular beach destination with travellers across the world.
Its sandy and sunny beaches are a draw not only for the average Joe but also for celebrities from around the world including Hollywood stars. So, without much ado, here’s a list of some of the best beaches in Jamaica!
Doctor’s Cave Beach
Doctor’s Cave Beach is a must visit. It’s a five-mile long golden sand beach bordered by tranquil warm waters on one side and several plush beach resorts on the other. The beach, which is located on Montego Bay, is equipped with good facilities including tidy and tiled changing rooms; rental equipment like chairs, umbrellas and snorkelling gear; and numerous restaurants dishing out sumptuous delicacies. You will have to pay a small fee to gain access to this beach, which is a perfect place for family outings. Water sports such as snorkelling, glass-bottom boat tours, sailing, kayaking and water-skiing are very popular here. There is a ban on radios, footballs and vendors on the beach to allow visitors to relax on the sands with some privacy, but you may still find it teeming with locals and tourists in the evenings and weekends. So, be sure to visit this amazing beach early to reserve a good spot.
The magnificent Treasure Beach is located along the southern coast of Jamaica. Visit the dark sand beaches of this region, if a peaceful and isolated holiday is what you are looking for. Treasure Beach is in fact a series of four separate fishing villages having dark sand beaches that run as long as around 6 miles. You are likely to come across less number of visitors even during the peak season – giving you the perfect excuse to let go off your worries and enjoy the scenic warm waters with the backdrop of the spectacular Santa Cruz Mountains. Travellers can indulge in different activities including hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and snorkelling apart from sun bathing here. The area around Treasure Beach has few lodging options, including beachfront cottages and guesthouses. In the evenings, you can head to the Pelican Bar to enjoy cold beers and savour a hearty meal at the nearby Frenchman’s Reef restaurant.
Boston Bay Beach
Boston Bay Beach, which is located along the eastern coastline of country, is a paradise for surfers and foodies! The postcard-perfect beach is a cove, which is surrounded by tree-covered rocks and deep-blue ocean waters. The beach is lapped by large waves, which make it the favourite among surfers – experienced and novices alike. You can easily rent boards or get lessons on surfing or windsurfing from the numerous beachfront outfitters located nearby. The beach is also safe for swimming. And after you work up your appetite with these and more fun-filled activities, head straight for any one of the several food stalls on the beach selling amazing traditional jerk delicacies. Boston Bay is considered to be the birthplace of jerk cuisine, so gorge on the perfectly cooked pork, chicken, lobster or sausages with rice and peas at Boston Bay Jerk Center and enjoy the best of Boston Bay.
Lime Cay is a small low-lying island cay, which is located offshore the village of Port Royal in Jamaica. This spectacular cay is uninhabited as it submerges occasionally when the tide is high. You can reach the cay after a 15 minute boat ride from Port Royal soaking in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Lime Cay has one of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica. This white sand beach is secluded and peaceful on weekdays, which makes it a popular clothing – optional sunbathing destination. However, the beach is visited by many tourists and locals who come for recreation, sunbathing, food, beer and good times during weekends. The area offers some of the best snorkelling spots of the country, but travellers must bring their own supplies – mask, fins, food and drinking water – since there are no facilities on the cay.