Things to do in Runaway Bay

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The small town of Runaway Bay in the northern coast of Jamaica is not the biggest tourist attraction in the country, but it is among the most enjoyable. Although small, tranquil and seemingly uneventful, Tunaway Bay is not far from some of the most exciting attractions in the region. Unlike Negril or Montego Bay, Runaway Bay is far from sophisticated, and despite garnering a large number of visitors it is still the kind of place where you can kick back and forget about everything. The ‘town’ is¬† made up of beachfront hotels, bars and restaurants mostly, with frequent parties on the beach at night, and quite a few nice public beaches. Whether you’re backpacking or staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts, you’ll never be at a loss of things to do in Runaway Bay.


If you like golfing, then you can play to your heart’s content at the 18 hole Superclubs Golf Club, one of the best golf courses in Jamaica. Even if you are not staying at the luxurious Superclubs resort, you can still make use of the golf course for a price. This excellent golf course was built in the 1960’s and has hosted several international championships.

Go to the beach

photo by Abir Anwar

Runaway Ba’s core is made up of the hotels lining the beach, and most of the people who come to visit are interested in the beaches. While many of the beaches belong to all-inclusive resorts and you either have to be a guest or pay to use them, there are quite a few great public beaches with free entry around. Cardiff Hall Public beach has soft white sand and is quite popular, but if you are looking for quieter places to laze around, you can head to one of the few fisherman’s beaches.

Scuba dive

Runaway Bay has some wonderful scuba diving spots thanks to the abundance of coral reefs, as well as the unfortunate sunken ship wrecks that make nice mazes for divers to explore, and even some airplanes and cars. Many of the all-inclusive resorts operate scuba diving and snorkeling tours, but you can just as well set out on your own if you have the equipment.

Visit Bob Marley’s grave

photo by Christian Haugen

The small village of Nine Mile is close to Runaway Bay, so if you’re in town you can take this opportunity to visit the hometown and final resting place of Bob Marley, the king of reggae. The Bob Marley Mausoleum is a very popular tourist attraction, and his house it full of memorabilia and his musical instruments. The artist is interred in a marble mausoleum inside an Ethiopian-style church, along with his guitar.

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