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Caribbean Beaches Guide – Boston Beach, Jamaica

by Angela Braun, GoGirlfriend correspondent

Beach 411 ~ Boston Beach

Portland Parish

  • Beach type: Secluded and hidden local gem
  • Beach geography: Small and cove like. Little golden sands and high rocky tides. The water here can get a bit rough, making it a more suitable destination for adults. Watch your step in the water as there have been reports of sea urchins hiding under small rocks.
  • Ease of access: On the A4 between Manchioneal (to the south) and Port Antonio (to the northwest) is where you'll find a short dirt, which extends right up to the beach.
  • Extra costs: No extra costs
  • Beach amenities: Free parking, access to restrooms and locals selling everything from surf lessons to coffee bean necklaces.
  • Special note: Jamaica’s prime time surfing spot
  • Geo-locator: Where is Boston Beach?

secluded Boston Beach, Jamaica ~ courtesy eatexploreliveSurf, sun & jerk

Famous for jerk pork and other jerk dishes, Boston Beach is perfect for the swim and taste-test type of beach-goer. Boston Beach is home to romance and quaintness, the type of beach you visit to witness splendor and to experience seclusion. We highly recommend Boston Beach to those seeking an off the beaten bath experience in the heart of natural Jamaica. Travel here to experience a taste of Jamaican culture by day and night.

Boston Beach activities & attractions

are you craving the caribbean warmth?Although the water conditions at Boston Beach are great for surfing, they’re also great for swimming. Aside from these staple activities, you’ll find yourself making your own fun with local restaurants, shops and attractions. Hit up the famous Boston Jerk Center along with an array of other vendors offering tasty jerk treats.

If you’re hoping to see more of the island during your isolated stay, renting transportation is recommended. Travel to Reach Falls for a cascading water massage, cave exploration, diving opportunities and cool fresh water pools – we promise the half hour of travel time will be worth it. Looking to fall into an even deeper state of relaxation? Try rafting unhurriedly down the Rio Grande.

Boston Beach events

Check out Caribya or a complete list of events and festivals taking place all over the island – revel in the celebrations and become one with the culture and history in Jamaica.

  • Jamaica ... tropical ... beautiful!Portland Jerk Festival (July): Breathe in the aroma of sizzling traditional Jamaican jerk chicken, jerk sausage, jerk lobster and jerk pork, served alongside traditional side dishes such as rice and peas, festival, breadfruit and yams. Hear and see local artists and bands, enjoy cultural entertainment in the evening and get artistic with crafts for yourself of the kids. In past years this festivity has been held at The Tropical Lagoon Resort.
  • Rio Grande Raft Race (August): Rio Grande River was the birthplace of river rafting in Jamaica and continues to serve those in the art of rafting. Emancipation Day extravaganza begins at 10am.

GoGirlfriend Boston Beach hotel recommendations

a unique experience at Great HutsGreat Huts: Sleep in the heart of this beach-jungle-cliff habitat when you stay in a tree house, tent or hut – expect to experience a very unique, rustic, rejuvenating stay. Great Huts offers hiking tours through Port Antonio’s Rio Grande Valley and Jamaica’s Blue Mountains and features a natural seawater pool, lush tropical gardens and a small private beach area. Some rooms have private bathrooms whereas others have access to shared bathroom facilities. We also highly recommend Safari Deck Restaurant, Rocks Cafe and the Royal Lounge, as well as the town of Port Antonio (15-minute drive). Visit Great Huts on Facebook and Twitter and read reviews on TripAdvisor.

disconnect tropical-style at Kanopi HouseKanopi House: All of the accommodations and services at Kanopi House are designed with the environment and community in mind. Enjoy decorations and furniture pieces that are created locally using the islands resources. Nature will be right at your windowsill when you stay in one of their tree houses. Don’t expect all-inclusive luxury here – plan to have different activities for the kids and menu options for lunch. With no phones, TV or Internet, Kanopi House is the perfect choice if disconnecting from the rest of the world is high on your priority list. Visit Kanopi House on Facebook and Twitter and read reviews on TripAdvisor.

For more hotel recommendations throughout Jamaica, we recommend exploring Booking.com.

Boston Beach weather

The island of Jamaica enjoys fairly consistent tropical temperatures year round with average temperatures of 82°F – lows to 70°F. July and August are the hottest months in Jamaica, whereas January and February are the coldest months. Fortunately, from month to month the water temperature fluctuates between 78°F and 84°F.

For more information or help planning your next Jamaica getaway, visit:

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