Jamaica is an island nation that is located right in the middle of the clear, blue Caribbean sea and has over 1,000 kilometers of coastline. There are almost an endless number of beaches that can be explored, but some are more pristine, tourist-friendly or activity-oriented than others. Whether you are in Jamaica to scuba dive the nearby reefs or hike Blue Mountain, Jamaica's highest peak, the white sands and the sparkling surf of Jamaica's beaches are always nearby and beckoning.
Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach is located near the town of Negril on Jamaica's western coast. Seven Mile Beach is purported to be the longest strip of sand in Jamaica and most of it is powdery white. There are several hotels and resorts along Seven Mile Beach, making it an easy place to spend a couple of days, but it is definitely not the most secluded beach around. There are a number of water-sports companies on the beach that offer jet skiing and wind sailing and make the beach an attractive destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Doctor's Cave Beach
Doctor's Cave Beach is located on the western coast of Jamaica, not far from Montego Bay. The beach is fed by spring waters that come out of the cave itself; in fact, a doctor built a health club around this spring-fed beach in the 19th century, claiming the waters to be beneficial for many ills. The beach is now owned by a private swimming club, but it is open to the public for a small entrance fee. Doctor's Cave Beach is very popular as a day-trip destination for many tourists and can be completely packed with people, especially during the winter months.
Frenchman's Cove Beach
Frenchman's Cove Beach is located on the northeastern shore of Jamaica, five miles outside of the town of Port Antonio. Travelers looking for seclusion and natural beauty will not be disappointed with Frenchman's Cove. Lush tropical foliage surrounds this horse-shaped cove, and the beach itself is carpeted with white sand. There are many opportunities for hiking in the surrounding forest, and there are several small family-run hotels in the area that are quaint and authentically Jamaican.
Article Written By Ocean Malandra
Based in San Francisco, Ocean Malandra is a travel writer, author and documentary filmmaker. He runs a major San Francisco travel website, is widely published in both online and print publications and has contributed to several travel guidebooks to South America.