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Holidays in Runaway Bay

Runaway Bay, on the north coast of Jamaica‚ is a relaxed and welcoming resort on a stretch of fine sandy beaches and sky blue coves. One of the quietest beach resorts in the Caribbean‚ the bay's a secluded tropical paradise attracting travellers of all ages. Away from the popular tourist spot of Ocho Rios, explore the brilliant diving spots and white sand beaches.

30 °C

Average temperatures usually fall between the late 20s and early 30s (°C) during summer and winter's warm too, with an average of 24°C.

9 hours

Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, 80km away from Runaway Bay.

Discover the secluded white sandy beaches and vibrant reggae culture of Jamaica when you book a holiday to Runaway Bay with us today.

Life is a lot slower in Runaway Bay than the larger resorts, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Blessed with some of the best beaches in Jamaica with soft white sands and warm blue waters, Runaway Bay is ideal for those keen to escape the crowds. Play a round or two on the 18-hole golf course and take a relaxing ride along the beachfront on horseback. For a real taste of Jamaica, head to a local restaurant for hearty plates of spicy jerk chicken, served with coconut-flavoured rice and peas.

The beaches in Runaway bay will have you coming back year after year. Spend your morning on Fisherman’s Beach and watch the colourful boats bring in the day’s catch. Try your luck at deep-sea fishing and dive into the calm crystal-clear seas that lie ahead. If you’re staying at a seafront hotel, you’ll have your own private beach so you can soak up the sun in peaceful surroundings.  But don’t worry if you’re staying at a hotel further inland; most hotels will let you use their private beaches for a small fee.

Home to amazing wild sea-life like barracudas, spotted eagle rays, lobsters and plenty more, the bay is one of the best places in Jamaica for deep-sea divers and snorkelers.  You can explore the clear blue waters in a range of deep and shallow dive sites. With a sea bed that overhangs and drops, the coastline offers a first-class diving experience for both beginners and experts. Try something new with an instructor at one of the hotels in Runaway Bay and leave with PADI qualification certificate.

Explore the birthplace of the reggae star Bob Marley, just a few miles away in the town of Nine Mile. You’ll set off on a jeep tour through the rainforest, and see some of the places that inspired his music. You’ll find some great lively bars around the bay, where it’s all about pumping reggae music and tropical rum cocktails. Don’t leave without trying some authentic Jamaican food at a local restaurant. Expect big plates of spicy jerk chicken and crunchy fried dumplings.


Divers: Plunge into the vivid blue coastline and explore the tropical coral reefs.

Beach lovers: Escape the hustle and bustle of the popular tourist spots and head to the white sandy beaches around the bay.

Golfers: Take on the fun drives and tricky greens at the Runaway Golf Club.


Language: The language spoken in Runaway Bay is English.

Currency: The currency used in Runaway Bay is the Jamaican Dollar ($).

Local time: Runaway Bay is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, 80km away from Runaway Bay.

Flight time from UK: 9 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Runaway Bay tourist information can be found at

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Runaway Bay.


Temperature: A brilliant 25-30 (°C) all year round.

Best time to visit: April is carnival season in Jamaica, so book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

Jamaica basks in year-round sunshine so it’s always warm, but the cooler months between December and April are great for trying the selection of outdoor activities.


By taxi: Taxis are the best way to get around Runaway Bay; you can usually order a red plate taxi from your hotel’s reception.

By bus: Check if your hotel offers their own free bus service, to save you the hassle of booking a local taxi in the day.


Bob Marley Experience: Taking you on an unforgettable journey to the village of Nine Mile, where Reggae legend Bob Marley was born. Learn about the Rastafarian religion, tour the Bob Marley Museum with the guides and stand on the famous Mount Zion Rock.

Jazz on the beach: Watch local talent and international jazz musicians from all over the world at the week-long Jamaica International Jazz Festival. There are concerts all over the island, with many in Runaway Bay.

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