Best Jamaica Beaches
Hear the word Jamaica, and what do you think of? Hot sun, palm trees, beautiful blue water, great coffee – Jamaican Jerk chicken maybe? Jamaica is one of those places that I think of when I hear the words “island paradise.” Jamaica has many fantastic attributes, but to my mind its fabulous beaches are at the top of the list.
Seven Mile Beach
Any stretch of sandy shore can be called a beach, but a hot beach is about so much more than the sand. Hot beaches have that extra something: an energy, a vibe. Seven Mile Beach absolutely fulfills that definition. As the name suggests, this beach stretches for seven miles along Jamaica's western shore in the town of Negril. Popular resorts like Sandals and Hedonism II abut the beach. During the day, visitors soak up the rays on the white sand, splash about in the turquoise water, or take part in water sports such as parasailing, snorkeling and cliff jumping. At night, head to beach bars and restaurants like Alfred's (alfreds.com) or Rick's Cafe (rickscafejamaica.com) for food, beverages and live reggae music. Those traveling with children should be aware that there are several clothing optional spots along Seven Mile Beach.
Doctor's Cave Beach
Beachgoers who like to be spoiled can head to Doctor's Cave Beach, a private, well-kept beach on Montego Bay. For a small fee, you can enjoy beach chairs and umbrellas or snorkeling gear. Order food and drinks served at your chair from the beach restaurant. Showering facilities and changing rooms are available, and life guards are watching the waters, which are so clear you can see to the bottom. There is an admission charge for this beach.
Treasure Beach, located on Jamaica's southern coast, is known for its dramatic, crashing waves. Surrounded by fishing villages rather than time-shares and all-inclusive resorts, this beach is off the beaten track, a good choice for those seeking to avoid the crowds of tourists that flock to Jamaica's coasts each year and hang out with friendly locals.
Boston Bay Beach
Love to ride the waves? Or just like watching surfers do their thing? Boston Bay Beach is known for its huge waves and the surfers who hang there. It's also known for it's “jerk” cuisine, the spicy chicken, pork and fish sold from huts bordering the beach. Yum.