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Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica - All Inclusive
Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica - All Inclusive

Salt Coppers Villa, Runaway Bay

3.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (1,492 reviews)

Bahia Principe Village

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Villa Sonate
Villa Sonate

18 MarySunley Crescent, Runaway Bay

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (22 reviews)

Situated in Runaway Bay, this guesthouse is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Golf Club at Jewel Runaway Bay and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gree …

£72
Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay All Inclusive, Adults Only
Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay All Inclusive, Adults Only

Salt Coppers, Runaway Bay

4.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (206 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this Runaway Bay resort is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Golf Club at Jewel Runaway Bay and 1.9 m …

£512
Sunflower Resort & Villas
Sunflower Resort & Villas

St. Ann, Runaway Bay

2.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hostel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Golf Club at Jewel Runaway Bay and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gree …

£67
Jewel Dunns River Resort, All Inclusive, Curio by Hilton
Jewel Dunns River Resort, All Inclusive, Curio by Hilton
5.6 mi from Runaway Bay
4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,307 reviews)

This all-inclusive, adults-only resort is situated on the beach, just moments from Dunn’s River Falls, Dolphin Cove, and …

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Meliá Braco Village, Jamaica - All Inclusive
Meliá Braco Village, Jamaica - All Inclusive
7.5 mi from Runaway Bay
4.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (60 reviews)

This Rio Bueno resort is on the beach, 0 mi (0 km) from Dornoch Riverhead, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Green Grotto Caves an …

£360
Fisherman's Point Resort
Fisherman's Point Resort
9.4 mi from Runaway Bay
3.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (221 reviews)

This tranquil oceanfront oasis offers walking-distance access to downtown attractions and to a private, sandy beach just step …

£97
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande - All Inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande - All Inclusive
9.7 mi from Runaway Bay
5.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (138 reviews)

Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within a 10-minute walk of Ocho Rios Craft Park and …

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Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn
11.4 mi from Runaway Bay
4.5 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (151 reviews)

This small resort 3 km (2 mi) from downtown Ocho Rios offers a private beach and more than 2 hectares (6 acres) of garden and …

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Shaw Park Beach Hotel All Inclusive
Shaw Park Beach Hotel All Inclusive
11.6 mi from Runaway Bay
3.0 out of 5.0
3.1 out of 5 (267 reviews)

Arrayed along 3,000 feet of private beach on Cutlass Bay, this hotel sits within a 22 acre tropical estate. Downtown Ocho Rio …

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Pocket Guide: Runaway Bay

Between the two larger and better-known resort towns of Montego Bay and Ocho Rio, Runaway Bay is one of the most picturesque areas in Jamaica.

Introducing Runaway Bay

Flanked by lush green hills and white sands, Runaway Bay is a stylish yet lively resort town with plenty of mid-range to high-end accommodation on offer, as well as private luxury villas and golf courses.

A little quieter than its neighboring resorts, Runaway Bay is a good place to stay to escape the cruise ship passengers at the terminal in Ocho Rios. The town is ideal for both families or couples looking for a romantic break.

Back in Time at Runaway Bay

No one quite knows exactly how Runaway Bay got its name, but there are a few theories among the locals. Some believe it was where the last of the Spanish fled the island after loosing to the English in the 1600s. Others think it was where the African slaves from the sugar plantations left for a better life in Cuba.

Exploring Runway Bay’s Beaches

Runaway Bay is home to a number of fine beaches, perfect for sunbathing and swimming, dining and snorkelling. The two free-access public beaches – Cardiff Hall, with changing rooms and a restaurant, and Fisherman’s Beach – are at either end of Runaway Bay and are popular with both locals and tourists.

There are also a few private beaches that you can use for a small fee – Ocean Park Beach and Breezes Beach, which both have a few more services to enjoy. Think sun beds, umbrellas and water-sports equipment rental. If you fancy joining a snorkelling or diving excursion, head to Ocean Park Beach.

Things to See and Do in Runaway Bay

One of the most important tourist attractions near Runaway Bay is the Green Grotto Caves, which are remarkable underground caverns with a fascinating history and filled with curious rock formations. Arrange a tour of the caves with a local guide to hear stories of rum stores and hiding Spaniards.

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