Jamaica is famous for its breathtaking beaches, with their white sand shores, crystalline and swim-friendly waters, and seriously beautiful backdrops.
There are iconic spots such as Seven Mile Beach, where you'll also find plenty of resorts, or James Bond Beach which has subtle nods to the iconic franchise and offers up heaps of bars and restaurants nearby.As well as those picture-perfect spots for soaking up the sunshine, the island also has beaches ideal for adventurers such as Frenchman's Cove and Treasure Beach where visitors will find plenty of water sports on offer.
We've picked out some of the best beaches in Jamaica to help you narrow it down if you're planning a trip... or if you're just after some serious wanderlust.
Check out our top picks below...
1. Seven Mile Beach
The Seven Mile Beach in Negril has everything you could want for a dreamy beach day; fine sands, turquoise waters where you can take a dip, a bustling promenade and plenty of restaurants and bars nearby.
In fact, there is a wide array of hotels on offer for those who want to stay in the region, so there can be quite a vibrant atmosphere.
2. James Bond BeachAlso known as Laughing Waters Beach or Roaring River Beach, this picturesque spot sits about 10 miles from Ocho Rios (the latter has served as a filming location in plenty of James Bond films).
The beach is quite small but it does have facilities including a bar, restaurant and sports centre, as well as changing rooms.
It tends to be a little quieter because it's off the beaten path - and you do need to pay a small fee to make use of the facilities.
3. Frenchman's Cove
If you're not a fan of crowds, then this private beach in Port Antonio could be just the place - but be warned that you'll need to pay an entrance fee if you want to visit.
The beach also has sun beds for hire, as well as a bar and restaurant which are ideal for a spot of lunch.
4. Cornwall Beach
Located in Montego Bay, Cornwall Beach can get pretty popular thanks to its white, fine sands as well as the clear waters that make it an ideal snorkeling spot.
The beach can get quite busy, but it is ideal for families who want a fun beach day as there are plenty of facilities, restaurants and bars on offer - and you can also find plenty of boats at the docks if you want to take a trip around the island or head on a snorkeling excursion.
5. Mammee Bay
Located about 15 minutes from Ocho Rios by car, Mammee Bay offers up some unrivalled views of the coastline alongside its postcard-worthy beach.
Nowadays there are plenty of hotels and holiday rentals in the area, which in turn has seen more restaurants and bars popping up.
6. Doctor's Cave Beach
Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay is popular with visitors thanks to its white sands and turquoise waters, not to mention there are plenty of sun beds on offer to hire.
The beach is private so access tends to be for guests staying at the beachfront hotels, but you can pay a small fee to spend a day there even if you're not a hotel guest (and there is a snack bar on offer for everyone).
There are lifeguards on duty during the peak season.
7. Silver Sands
Silver Sands is often praised by visitors for being clean and spacious, not to mention it has a bar serving snacks and drinks if you're staying for the day.
The white sands and crystal-clear waters are the stuff of postcards, and there are plenty of snorkeling spots nearby.
One top tip? Bring towels if you want to lie on the sand - there are some sun beds and benches on offer but not too many and during peak seasons the beach can get quite busy.
8. Treasure Beach
Treasure Beach tends to be a little quieter than other Jamaican beaches, as it comprises of various bays so there's plenty of space for everyone.
There are hotels along the waterfront so there is a bit of hustle and bustle, not to mention you can find restaurants and bars along the sandy shores if you want to stop for a spot of lunch or a sunset dinner.