SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A £2,000 THOMAS COOK GIFT CARD*
Join over 5 million travellers today for exclusive offers and inspirationSign Up
Runaway Bay is the ideal place if you’re really looking to run away from it all and relax in style. Away from the bustle of larger towns and tourist areas, Runaway Bay holidays are all about beach time, swimming, lazing about, and seeing some of Jamaica’s most incredible natural wonders. Get away from the crowds and recharge those batteries in one of the finest Caribbean holiday hotspots.
In winter the average temperature is around 25°C increasing to an average of 27°C in summer. Temperatures can get up to the low 30s (°C), so bring plenty of sunscreen.
Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, 80km away.
Discover the secluded white sandy beaches and vibrant reggae culture of Jamaica when you book a holiday to Runaway Bay with us today.
The resort is a step away from the lively tourist hotspots of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. You can easily explore these towns on day trips but for those who want to escape the crowds and relax in their own space, Runaway Bay is a haven.
Quiet and serene, you can relax on the soft white sands and swim in the luxurious clear blue water. Enjoy a cocktail and a Caribbean snack in one of the beach bars and even go horseback riding through the shallows. The Green Grotto Caves are just around the corner, so don’t miss a trip to see this exquisite subterranean world where the James Bond film Live and Let Die was shot.
The beachfront hotels have their own private beaches complete with sun loungers, umbrellas, and bars. You can use most of these exclusive beaches for a small fee even if you’re not staying at the hotel, an excellent option if you want to make use of the high-quality facilities. Watch the local fisherman land their catch at Fisherman’s Beach, or hire some snorkel equipment and swim over the reefs. Jamaica has an abundant fish population and you’ll spot every colour from bright red to electric blue.
Snorkelling is great from the beach, but the area has outstanding scuba diving spots too. With underwater shipwrecks, deeper reefs, and clear water, going diving is definitely something to consider, even if you’ve never strapped on a tank and breather before in your life. Runaway Bay has dive schools and many of the hotels have qualified PADI-approved instructors. With world-class diving for beginners through to experts, you could see marine creatures like spotted eagle rays, curious barracuda, and graceful sea turtles. Take a short beginner dive or a two-day course and you might just leave with a certificate.
Jamaica has a unique culture and intriguing history that has shaped this island’s personality. Start by embracing everything reggae and Rastafarian on the Bob Marley tour to his home town of Nine Mile. Then consider a Blue Mountain tour, where you’ll not only get wonderful views but also the opportunity to visit a Blue Mountain coffee plantation and taste the delicious local coffee. Jamaica produces a lot of its own rum and you can go on a rum distillery tour, or simply sample the local flavours from a beachside bar in the resort.
Don’t leave without trying some authentic Jamaican food at a local restaurant. Expect big plates of jerk chicken and crunchy fried dumplings. Coconut rice and spicy beans is another common dish that might accompany your jerk chicken or pork. Whatever you try, you’re sure to be converted to Jamaican cooking immediately.
Divers: With shipwrecks, coral reefs and abundant marine life, the snorkelling and diving in Jamaica is astounding.
Beach lovers: Without cruise ship crowds or endless hotels, the beaches are serene, laid back and attract people who want to relax and get away from the crowds.
Golfers: Fancy a spot of golf? Check out the friendly Runaway Golf Club, with it’s beautiful course and sea view.
Language: The language spoken is English.
Currency: The currency used is the Jamaican Dollar ($) but larger hotels may accept US dollars.
Local time: 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, 80km away.
Flight time from UK: 9 hours.
Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitjamaica.com.
Visa and health: Before you travel, check out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for advice on visas and health for your holiday to Runaway Bay.
Temperature: A wonderful 25-30 (°C) throughout the year.
Best time to visit: If you’re all about the beach, the whole year is sunny with slightly more rain in summer as the occasional tropical thunderstorm comes through. For hikers and sports lovers, December to April is a little cooler than the summer time.
By taxi: Taxis are the best way to get around. You can usually order an official red plate taxi from your hotel’s reception, but always agree on a price before you start your journey.
By bus: With so much to do in the surrounding area, lots of hotels offer their own bus services to take you to sights and places of interest.
By tour: Tours are a popular way to experience all sorts of adventures on your Runaway Bay holiday. These can often be booked at your hotel and a tour van will pick you up.
Bob Marley Experience: Bob Marley remains such an iconic figure in Jamaican history and culture that taking a tour to his home in Nine Mile is definitely recommended. Here you’ll learn all about the Rastafarian religion, see where Marley gained some of his inspiration, and even visit Mount Zion Rock.
Jazz on the beach: It’s not all about reggae. Jazz has a huge following in Jamaica and each year there’s the week-long Jamaica International Jazz Festival. While there are concerts all over the island, Runaway Bay plays host to lots so you don’t have to go far at all to enjoy this incredible type of music, played at its best.