Runaway Bay is renowned for its pristine white sandy beaches, which are among the best in Jamaica. It’s also a great base to be right at the heart of Caribbean nature, with plenty of natural wonders to explore nearby such as the Green Grotto Caves and the Dunn’s River Falls. Whether you’re visiting Jamaica for a few weeks or a few days, you’ll find an endless range of leisurely things to do in Runaway Bay.
The Green Grotto Caves
Spend a few hours at the breathtaking Green Grotto Caves, where you’ll see impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations above clear spring water. In the Second World War, these caves became a storage area for barrels of rum, and long before the colonial era they were inhabited by Arawak Indians, who are native to the Caribbean. In fact, the Green Grotto Caves are the biggest and most accessible in Jamaica, estimated to be around half a million years old, so it’s no wonder they’re one of top-rated things to do in Runaway Bay.
The Dunn’s River Falls
These amazing waterfalls, 180 metres high, flow straight into the Caribbean Sea, and overlook a beautiful sandy beach. Across the world, there are only a small number of waterfalls that flow directly into the ocean, with Dunn’s River Falls being one of just five such waterfalls in North America. So it’s a pretty special place on any map!
To get to these falls, you’ll need to go on quite a long hike to the top, which takes about 60 to 90 minutes, so wear comfy shoes and take a bottle of water. Don’t worry, though, because it’s well worth all that effort, for some of the most extraordinary views in the entire Caribbean. You’ll get to meet new people too, as hikers often form a hand-held human chain to make the climb that little bit easier!
The Runaway Golf Club
If you’re a golf lover, you can’t leave this off your list of things to do in Runaway Bay. That’s because the Runaway Golf Club is one of the finest courses in Jamaica, with more than 7,000 yards of grounds, challenging holes, and stunning views of the tropical woodlands and coast.
James Bond Beach
If you’re a big fan of the James Bond film ‘Dr No’, you might recognise this beach as one of the filming locations. It’s another pretty sandy bay overlooked by a water sports centre and a trendy bar and restaurant. So whether you’re eager to do some snorkelling and scuba diving, soak up the sun on the beach, or sip a cocktail or two and release your inner 007, there’s plenty to do. From time to time, the lawn next to James Bond Beach holds some pretty impressive concerts, too, which have attracted stars like Rihanna and Lauren Hill.
One of the most popular nature-themed things to do in Runaway Bay is a trip to Mayfield Falls. Visit this enchanting attraction with 20 cascades and lush tropical plants. You can have a dip or a swim here, and visit the three-metre-high ‘Washing Machine’ waterfall, where you can even venture inside its base. It’s another perfect photo opportunity, so don’t forget your camera!