Picture postcard perfect, travelers spend time relaxing on the soft, sandy, golden beach, swimming in the calm azure waters or catching the sea salt spray on one of the swings set along the riverbank, 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 where the river meets sea creating a picturesque opportunity. Our gorgeous beach is accompanied with freshwater standing riverside showers, restrooms, and a beach bar and grill.
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 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 films Lord 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 beach?
We have an adjacent grassed area to the beach reserved for the playing of games as this is not allowed on the sand area. Opposite the beach is a yoga shala which is not a part of your day pass beach experience but a rental arrangement can be made by visiting the reception building.
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 or any event of your choice, we have two types of rental dependent on the nature of your event, kindly complete and submit the Venue Rental Application Form and we will be in contact to assist in making this arrangement.
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
• No Nudity
• No Pets/Animals
• Swimming is not permitted beyond the demarcation rope
• No swimming outside of lifeguard presence 9am to 5pm
• We have two designated parking areas – The Car park for cars and area at the entrance of the property for larger vehicles and when the car park has been filled. Please note vehicles are parked at owners’ risk.
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