Picture postcard perfect, travellers spend time relaxing on the soft, sandy, golden beach, swimming in the calm azure blue waters or catching the sea salt spray on one of the swings set along the river bank, lined with wild mango trees.
During the 1960’s, Port Antonio became the mecca of the jet set. Garfield Weston built a sumptuous hotel with 18 luxury villas shrouded by discreet shrubbery and scattered over the headlands on both sides of the river, beach and bay. This is a beautiful beach where the river flows right into the ocean. There are swings all along the river bank that look just like a postcard. The beach really is gorgeous, there are all amenities on site, a small restaurant as well as wild mango trees.
Beach Menu: Click here to see our beach menu
For guests who are not staying on the resort a fee is payable for access to the private beach.
The beach at Frenchman’s Cove is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful places. Surrounded on both sides by vegetated rocky cliffs, the stunning contrast between the green forests and cerulean sky and ocean make this place truly special. The filmsLord Of The Flies and Knight And Day were filmed on the beach, showcasing both the beauty and wildness of the area. It is located on the eastern side of the island in Portland parish, far from the busy tourist towns like Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. While you’re nearby, make sure to check out Blue Lagoon, another of Jamaica’s most beautiful spots.
What time does the beach open and close?
Our beach is open from 9:00 til 17:00.
How much is entry to the beach?
For adults beach entry is $12 USD and for children under 12 $6 USD. Beach passes can be purchased higher up this page.
Is there a local rate for beach entry?
Yes. Entrance to the beach for Jamaican residents is $1,000.00 JMD for adults and $500.00 JMD for children under 12. Please bring your ID.
Can I take food and drink to the beach?
It is not permitted for guests to bring food and drink to Frenchman’s Cove beach. Frenchman’s Cove has an independently operated beach Bar & Grill serving traditional Jamaican dishes ranging from jerk chicken to lobster. A variety of alcoholic and soft drinks are also sold including juices, cocktails, beers and wine! Please find the menu here.
What amenities are there at the Frenchman’s Cove beach?
At Frenchman’s Cove we have a beach Bar & Grill, restrooms and a wash area. We have plenty of adjoining grass areas suitable for ball games and a yoga shala (more information about yoga classes can be found here).
Is there a group discount for beach entry?
We offer a discount on the beach entrance fee for groups of 60 and more. For more information please contact the front desk on +1 (876) 993-7270.
Can I rent beach chairs?
Yes. Beach chairs can be rented out from the beach Bar & Grill. They are priced at $3 per bed.
Can I rent the Frenchman’s Cove beach for an event?
Yes. Guests can rent the Frenchman’s Cove beach for birthdays, events, and weddings. Exclusive rental of the beach is starts from $400,000.00 JMD / $4,000.000 USD. For more information please contact the front desk on +1 (876) 993-7270.
Beach Code of Conduct
Frenchman’s Cove is a tranquil and beautiful place. To preserve its charm we kindly ask guests to adhere to the following code of conduct:
• No smoking anywhere on the Frenchman’s Cove property
• No ball games on the beach, though this is permitted on the adjoining grass area
• No food and beverages to be brought on to the property
• No music to be played on the beach
• Swimming is not permitted beyond the demarcation rope
• No swimming before 8:30 and after 18:00
• Cars must be parked in the Frenchman’s Cove parking lot by Reception, we ask that larger vehicles are parked in a designated area located at the property entrance
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