A Guide to Laughing Waters, Jamaica

Sometimes we want sweeping stretches of golden sands with the buzz of beach bars, and others, only a quiet cove will do. Luckily, Jamaica offers both. Laughing waters has to be one of our favourite spots for an exclusive beach retreat, with its rock pools, bowing palms and shallow waters. Sneak off here when no one is looking and you’re guaranteed a bit of peace. What’s more, it’s only 10 minutes away from Ocho Rios, so when you’re ready to swap this secluded hideaway for the livelier side of Jamaican culture, you can.

The soundtrack to beach life in Laughing Waters – Moon Hop by Derrick Morgan


What you’ll do

Laughing Waters is all about peace and tranquillity. Lay your beach blanket on the sun-drenched sand, lie back and listen to the waters lap on the fine shells, or lose yourself in a good book. It’s relatively untouched here, so we recommend taking a picnic along with you – but otherwise, just revel in the secluded beauty.

Why we like it

As you make your way to Laughing Waters by foot, you’ll pass Dunns River Falls – a stunning rocky waterfall that people travel from far and wide to see. Follow the waters path down the rocks (while many clamber in the opposite direction, as they tackle the Dunns River climbing challenge) until it cascades out onto the beach and down to the Caribbean ocean. Combined with one of Jamaica’s most popular attractions, we can’t think of a better beach to escape to afterwards. Just make sure no-one follows…