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Best Jamaican Beaches

The many beautiful Jamaican beaches offer locals and tourists alike a place for leisure, relaxation, recreation, and breathtaking scenery.

The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is an island with a lot of shoreline. Like most islands, not all beaches are equal. Here are four of Jamaica's best beaches.

1) Doctor's Cave Beach

Doctor's Cave Beach is located on Montego Bay, in the northwest section of Jamaica. This pretty beach has more to offer its visitors than fine white sand.

Doctor's Cave beach is arguably one of the best locations on the island for exploring the world underneath the crystal clear water.

Both beginner and expert snorkelers will find what they are looking for at this beach. Snorkel equipment can be rented out on the beach.

The waters are relatively calm, making this beach safe for children to swim in.

Those visitors who would rather stay above the surface can enjoy their time horseback riding or visiting the well stocked beach bar.

2) Treasure Beach

Treasure Beach Jamaica
Treasure Beach; © Jamaica Tourist Board
This beach is ideal for travelers looking for a relaxing, more secluded location. Treasure beach stretches across four smaller bays: Frenchman's Cove, The Great Pedro Bay, Billy's Bay, and Calabash Bay.

Treasure Beach is a well kept secret on the island, a quiet beach frequented by locals. While this beach is not well stocked with amenities and creature comforts, it is abundant in beauty and amazing views.

The surf can be rocky and the undertow dangerous, contributing to the breathtaking landscapes. Caution is advised when swimming at this beach.

3) Blue Lagoon Beach

Blue Lagoon beach was first made famous by the 1980 movie, Blue Lagoon, starring fourteen year old Brooke Shields.

This lagoon, 180 feet in depth, is located seven miles east of Port Antonio, on the northeast section of the island.

The mysterious waters of the Blue Lagoon are a must see, as they change color throughout the day with the angle of the sun. Visitors can lounge on floating docks or the small beach.

Boat rides are offered around the lagoon, and dive equipment can be rented for the adventurous traveler.

4) Seven Mile Beach

The Seven Mile Beach, actually only 5.5 miles in length, is a popular destination for visitors to the island. Its coral sands, clear waters, and spectacular scenery make it a beach worth visiting.

The Seven Mile Beach is located near Negril, on the eastern side of the island. Its length prevents overcrowding, and its amenities keep tourists entertained.

The beach is stocked with plenty of beach bars, restaurants, shops, and places to rent snorkeling equipment.

The beach is also conveniently located nearby some of the island's historic attractions, including Blue Cave Castle and the Hanover Museum.

Those traveling with children should be aware that there are several nudist sections along this beach.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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