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“OMG. Where have you been all my life!”
Review of Bamboo Beach

Bamboo Beach
Ranked #21 of 69 things to do in Ocho Rios
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Owner description: A famous Jamaican landmark, this breathtaking picture-perfect white sand beach is a tropical slice of heaven. Lounge chairs are lined along the seashore, some grouped amongst shady random clusters of hundred year old almond and palm trees, while others are arranged closer to the waters edge. Enjoy soft reggae music and great Jamaican hospitality. A large bamboo bar offers exotic cocktails and beverages, and the seaside restaurant serves tasty local cuisine.
Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“OMG. Where have you been all my life!”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Great beach. Wonderful swimming. The beach club, restaurant is GREAT. The manager was fabulous. There are even turtles nesting there. The food was good! We were there at the 50 anniversary holiday and the beach was not even crowded.
On the downside: The service was awful. I ordered lunch and was so busy playing I didn't realise that it was over an hour before I was served. When I went to waiter to ask her where lunch was, instead of saying sorry, she tried to shift blame to the cook. Again customer service needs lot of work in JAmaica but other than that, we would visit Reggae Beach again and again and again!
The showering and bathroom facilities are clean. Great relief!

I beg all future visitors to lodge your concerns with the managers at the beach about trash. Again as we left the beach, I saw so much trash and debris--plastic straws, cups, bottles. Please do your part to spread the word that trash kills our environment and takes away the very character of what makes Jamaica so beautiful!

Visited August 2012
Thank ilevare
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worth the price of admission”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

This beach was a mile from our B&B, perfect.
$9 each for admission was well worth it.
Bathrooms and showers available.
Free seating on the beach, chair service available for food and drinks.
Bring water shoes, the first 10 feet of ocean had coral bottom.
Somewhat strong current, but great to swim.
Quiet, clean and beautiful.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Judy Jim D
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Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Reggae Beach”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Pretty beach, but pricey $9.50 per person to enter. They do provide beach chairs and there is a bar. It does cater to the cruise ship crowd so it can be busy.

Visited January 2013
4 Thank kamas124
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Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Careful of cheating staff...”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

The girls at the bar tried to cheat us in different ways before the manager eventually intervened.

Otherwise, the beach is pretty nice, but one has to go before or after the visitors from the cruises.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank ChrisTobias
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Hoboken, New Jersey
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great beach”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

In our road trip in Jamaica, we visited most all beaches both on the North and South coasts and Reggae Beach was the one that we enjoyed the best.

The beach is about a 5-min ride away from downtown Ocho Rios. It’s got beautiful waters, white sand (actually very small stones that don’t even stick), and a well-ran bar/restaurant and restroom/shower facilities. The entrance fee at about $10-12/person is comparable to other commercial beaches. Once inside, the lounge chairs are free. You don’t need umbrellas as the tropical trees that line the beach provide enough shade. The owner is a gentleman named Ilan. He personally welcomes every guest and attends to their needs – which, in our experience, is not that all that common in Jamaica. The staff is friendly, the food, cocktails, and DJ music were all great. In our two days there, the beach got busy at times but never too packed. We were told that they regularly throw big parties on the beach but unfortunately we missed them.

What we loved the most about the Reggae beach was its laid back atmosphere and the sense of exclusivity which makes it unique among the other more touristy beaches. If we had another day to stay in Ocho Rios, we’d have definitely headed for the Reggae Beach again. Highly recommended.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank bsarer
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