The majority of Jamaica Beaches for tourist are found on the north coast, but if you decide to explore this tropical island of Jamaica, you will find rugged interior coastlines and some of the best secluded beaches of this beautiful Caribbean island.
The north coast is where most of Jamaica's tourist go and so the area is full of lovely beaches, with great diving areas and snorkeling along these exceptional coral reefs.
Here are a few north coast area beaches.
Montego Bay is Jamaica's second largest city and has prime all inclusive hotels and beaches.
The area is divided into two parts; Gloucester Avenue stretching north into Kent Avenue, known as The Strip, where you will find the main tourist attractions. Then you have downtown MoBay, with its malls and markets, where you will find the best shopping and a more quiet lifestyle.
Cornwall beach has gorgeous swathes of white sand with good snorkeling from this site.
The atmosphere is laid back and beautiful.
This beach became known internationally in the late nineteenth century when an English chiropractor, Sir Herbert Baker, became impressed with the curative potential of the waters and he published an article in the English press extolling the water's efficacy.
It is an excellent beach with a clubhouse to the left of the entrance, pool tables, games room, a gym, sauna and steam room for use and enjoyment. You will also find restaurants, craft shops and shops that offer Internet access.
The clubhouse is members only but the public do have access to this property for a fee.
Ocho Rios is known as the garden center of Jamaica Beaches, where you'll the following.
This spectacular cascading waterfalls is one of Jamaica's top tourist attraction.
You can climb the falls on your own, in groups holding hands or led by a guide.
This beach's name is due to Ian Flemming's love of the island. It is west of Ocho Rios in the town of Oracabessa.
Horseback rides are offered here, along with a beach bar and grill for your enjoyment.
This secluded beach has an unspoilt charm. It is just a stretch of pristine peaceful quiet beach with no jet skis and no hotels.
Nude bathing is acceptable here, snorkeling equipment is available and camping is possible.
Negril has the longest continuous stretch of beautiful warm white sand Jamaica beaches. You have to see Negril's beach whiter than white sand, where the water is translucent and still.
I have walked these seven miles of breathtaking white sandy beaches of Jamaica that is known around the world. We were attending my daughter's wedding at the Tropical Riu Hotel, and one day while on the beach we decided to walk those beautiful seven miles.
Of course there is nudity, which is common on the beaches of Negril. But, here you'll find some of the very best un-developed beaches for your enjoyment.
The southern coastline is scenic with the roads right along the sea coast with undeveloped coves and the volcanic black sand twinkling in the sunlight on the Jamaica beaches.
You will not find the all inclusive hotels of the north coast here, but there are some fantastic laid back and unique places to stay and visit.
When I got married in 1976, my husband and I decided to take our two weeks honeymoon trip driving around the island starting from Kingston, stopping for a couple of nights at a hotel in Port Antonio. Going to all the attractions within this area, then continuing through Port Antonio, to St. Mary where we stayed another couple of days, then on to Ocho Rios, then Neegril, before returning to Kingston.
Even back then Port Antonio was known for its unique and natural beauty. This area is known for rafting and the beautiful Blue Lagoon.
Little known fact is Port Antonio was Jamaica's first vacation destination.
The beautiful Blue Lagoon is known for its startlingly blue and green color. The color of this 200 foot depth blue hole changes as the sun moves over it from azure to intense emerald.
The Port Antonio area water has a completely different color than any other area of Jamaica Beaches. It is said the blue hole of the Blue Lagoon is bottomless.
The Blue Lagoon is part of the beautiful Rio Grande River where rafting is its main tourist attraction.
The beach which is not really a beach, but is great for swimming and snorkeling.
Here you can surf the waves. It is opened daily and is the areas most popular beach.
It is one of the best Jamaica beaches on this side of the island.
The locals love this beach.
You will enjoy this beach for its tranquility.
It is beautiful to look at but, if you plan to swim be careful the waters have a strong undertow.
This little known spectacular waterfalls remains untouched and far less crowded than Dunn's River Falls.
The Falls is surrounded by rainforest-edge farmland and boast ropes for swinging over the waters of the many different waterfalls that makes up YS Falls.
Or you can climb the wooden stairway that leads to the platform of the uppermost part of these spectacular waterfalls.
Hellshire beach, sometimes called Helthsire, is located on the south shore of Jamaica. It is known for its black and white sands and is one the closest beaches to the city of Kingston. There is now a hotel there that is quite nice.
We once lived in Coronado, Portmore area, and so on the weekends we would go to Hellshire beach to swim, eat fish - a must, and just relax. It is such a beautiful area beach we were sure to always see friends and neighbors.
You will enjoy the crystal clear water of Hellshire Beach, measuring nearly seven hundred feet of beach, which is excellent for swimming. There is access to lots of clean changing rooms, showers, and picnic tables.
Oh by the way, be on the look out there are lizards along the beach. But they usually run away from you.
The beach is beautiful and a safe place to relax. There are lifeguards to watch over you at this public beach that is popular with families, honeymooners, and tourist.
Fresh seafood is sold daily on the beach. You must try the festival, it is a mixture of cornmeal and sugar that is deep fried, and is usually served with the fish.
The Hellshire area boast many hotels, restaurants and night clubs with thriving night life scenes and music to enjoy.
So after a day spent at the beach you can retire to mountain side retreats, or budget friendly hotels and resorts all within fifteen miles of Hellshire Beach.