Best Beach Resorts in Jamaica

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From Negril’s Seven Mile Beach to lively Montego Bay and exhilarating Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios, Jamaica is an ideal beach vacation destination. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway in an adults-only, all-inclusive beach resort or a fun family vacation with plenty of thrills, you’ll have an overwhelming amount of accommodation and activity options. Try bobsledding at Mystic Mountain, hiking to Dunn’s River Falls or taking a coffee tour through the Blue Mountains—or do nothing at all on the beach with reggae tunes filling the air.

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Half Moon

Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Whether you’re traveling as a family or couple, want to wake up for sunrise yoga or have breakfast in bed, Half Moon has everything you’ll need. It’s convenient location just 10 minutes from Sangster International Airport means your trip is effortless from start to finish—Half Moon concierge wait just outside Customs to transfer you to the 400-acre resort. Garden, pool and ocean views surround each uniquely-designed room, suite and villa, with anything not walking distance accessible via bicycle. Villas have their own private pools, but not to worry if you booked a room—the resort has 50 pools plus two miles of serene beach. Half Moon allows both families and couples to get the vacation they need—with a Children’s Village and plenty of activities just for kids, romantic getaways will be undisturbed.

Dine at the award-winning Sugar Mill restaurant for tasty Jamaican cuisine, Il Giardino for authentic Italian food or enjoy a beach BBQ with live music with the whole family. Half Moon has private dining options plus an array of bars and cafes, so a snack—or cocktail—is always in reach. Once you’ve got a lay of the land, head to Fern Tree Spa for a couples massage in an overwater bungalow, quiet meditation in the gardens or yoga session in the outdoor pavilion.

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Sandals South Coast

White House, Jamaica

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Sandals South Coast sits on two miles of immaculate, white sand in a 500-acre nature preserve. This romantic, adults-only resort is separated into three separate European villages with three pools—including Jamaica’s largest—and swim-up bars. Once you see the 12 Tahiti-style Over-the-Water Bungalows with glass floors, outdoor showers, overwater hammocks and Butler Elite Service it will be hard to choose otherwise, but the beachfront suites are equally as enticing with patios designed to mesh nature with indoors and alluring soaking tubs for two.

Everything revolves around the pristine beach here—including delicious sushi on the sand and beach bonfires and an Over-the-Water wedding chapel. Dining options keep your senses fresh at nine restaurants with Mediterranean, Italian, Asian, Jamaica and more cuisines, unlimited cocktails and Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® Wines. In the evenings, enjoy live entertainment, theme parties or a relaxing night in with the help of room service.Your all-inclusive package includes serious perks like beach volleyball, wakeboarding, tubing, bodyboarding, snorkeling, kayaking and even unlimited scuba diving for certified divers. If you’re not certified, take your PADI Open Water Diver certification while you’re there. Red Lane® Spa luxury treatments are available for an additional cost when you need a rejuvenating boost.

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Azul Beach Resort Negril

Negril, Jamaica

Azul Beach Resort Negril is delicately designed with an adults-only section so both couples and families have the vacation experience of their dreams on Seven Mile Beach. The elegant yet subtley colorful decor gives a boutique feel, while you have the luxury amenities of a larger resort. The 285 ocean-view couples and family suites with the Gourmet Inclusive® Experience create a relaxing escape with more activities than you’ll have time for included. Every suite has ocean views at this AAA Four Diamond Award winner and includes thoughtful touches like rainfall showers, aromatherapy and free international calling.

Your options for working up an appetite are practically unlimited with kayaking, beach volleyball, yoga classes, cooking classes, a fitness center and live entertainment all at no additional charge. Plus, the Azulitos Playhouse plans supervised activities for children ages 3-12 when you want to kick back at Vassa Spa or have an intimate dinner on the beach. Gourmet Inclusive® Experience means you’ll enjoy the finest international meals and premium-brand alcohols at six restaurants, six bars and the poolside snack bar, including Italian, Thai and Caribbean cuisines for no additional cost. From the welcome glass of sparkling wine on arrival to your ultimate farewell, Azul Beach Resort Negril creates the perfect environment for you to release your worries and just be.

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Beaches Negril Resort & Spa

Negril, Jamaica

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa is ideally positioned on the widest stretch of Seven Mile Beach with a beachfront waterpark and ocean-view suites. It’s the family vacation destination your kids will brag about to their friends and remember for a lifetime. Choose from three different levels of accommodations with ensuite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and layouts to suit every size family.

Beaches all-inclusive package makes family vacations effortless with unlimited meals and drinks at nine restaurants and six bars with tastes to suit even the pickiest palate. Days are full of excitement for every age with included kids and teens’ clubs, unlimited watersports like paddleboarding and kayaking and even unlimited scuba diving on some of the world’s best reefs. Red Lane® Spa stands at the ready when you need pampering in the form of a beach massage, body wrap or facial.

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Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay

Runaway Bay, Jamaica

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Everything is convenient at this adults-only resort—the all-inclusive plan covers unlimited drinks, buffet and a la carte dining (with reservation), nude beach access and butler service on request. Each suite comes equipped with a lofty canopy bed and pillow top mattress, plus a spacious living area and 24-hour room service. Three dazzling interconnected pools overlook the ocean with tropical cocktails always within reach at the swim-up pool bars.

You have equally unlimited options for activities, although some incur additional fees. Choose between international entertainment programs, paddleboarding over turquoise water, scuba diving lessons, a Ganja Oil Massage complimented by reggae music and more. When the sun goes down in Runaway Bay, the music turns up. Head to Bahia Principe Village for dancing at Ska Disco or singing your heart out at Karaoke Piano Bar. In addition, you have access to all of nearby Grand Bahia Principe Resort except the buffet.

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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Take in unsurpassed beauty with star treatment at this AAA Four Diamond Resort in Montego Bay. The Unlimited-Luxury® package means 24-hour concierge, luxury amenities and outstanding service are all included—plus access to Secrets St. James next door. Choose from 350 smoke-free suites with swim-out suite options and a whirlpool tub, private balcony and complimentary minibar in each. Seven gourmet dining options plus two 24-hour cafes, unlimited top-shelf spirits at nine bars and dining on the beach? This is Secrets.

Whether your idea of activity is yoga and spa treatments or windsurfing and scuba diving, this resort offers every water and land sport you can think of. Enjoy endless ocean views with a cocktail in hand in the infinity pool or take to the sand with beach concierge conveniently included so you don’t have to lift a finger for refreshments. Pamper yourself at the 15,000 square-foot spa with hydrotherapy, massage and salon treatments before kicking up your heels at a theme party or live show (or nearby at the Breathless Montego Bay resort party for Preferred Club guests only).

If you’re looking for a place to forever hold memories of your big day, have a destination wedding at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay’s a delicate ocean-view gazebo or on a private beach. Between the on-site wedding coordinator and multiple package options—including South Asian wedding options—wedding planning will be a breeze.

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