Runaway Bay holidays give you a slap-up dose of take-it-easy living, with quiet beaches, great diving and authentic Jamaican grub.
Stay, don’t runaway
Runaway Bay’s a Sixties kid. A few fancy hotels, a golf course and some private villas all popped up on the site of the former Cardiff Hall Estate. There’s a lot of debate about how it got its name. But one thing’s for sure – nowadays, no one runs away from this place.
As with a lot of Jamaica, Runaway Bay’s coast is a mix of private and public beaches. But if you’re not checking in to a hotel with its own patch, you’ve still got loads of choice. There’s Cardiff Hall Beach and Fisherman’s Beach – both are white-sand lookers, with close by coral reefs and bars mixing up tasty rum cocktails.
Mother Nature wasn’t just generous with the sands. She also dealt Runaway Bay another natural attraction. On the road leading out of town, you’ll find the Green Grotto Caves, which were used as an underground base for the baddie, Doctor Kananga, in James Bond film Live and Let Die. If you want something a little buzzier, you’ve got Ocho Rios to the east and Montego Bay to the west.
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Jamaica International Jazz Festival
This annual jazz extravaganza started out in 1991 as a one-day event to showcase local talent. Today, it’s bigged up to eight…
Eat Jamaican dishes along the seafront
The seafront is Runaway Bay’s main eating-out hub. You’ll get international favourites like burger and fries, but you’d be…
Jerky’s Northern Restaurant, Main Street
Visit this family-run snack stop to taste some of the best fried chicken in town – served, of course, with lashings of local…
Sip a rum cocktail by the beach
If you’re looking for a chilled night out, it’s hard to beat sipping a rum cocktail over a chat with the locals in one of…
Scuba dive among starfish
With its clear waters and close-to-shore coral reefs, it’s no surprise that Runaway Bay is a scuba diving hotspot. You can…
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