Runaway Bay is a village in Saint Ann Parish on Jamaica’s northern coast. It is widely regarded as one of the island’s most naturally beautiful areas. It is a popular tourist spot situated 16 kilometers (9.9 miles) west of Ocho Rios and somewhat east of Discovery Bay, the location of Christopher Columbus’ 1494 landing. At Runaway Bay, Ocean View Beach is a private beach. It is made up of a succession of hotel resorts and beaches.
The term originates from the fact that it was formerly used as a path of escape by escaped slaves. Although the Arawaks were the earliest indigenous residents, they were finally annihilated by Spanish invaders.
According to the 2011 census, the population was 8,640, approximately eight times the population of 1,116 in the 1970 census.
Samantha Kaine, a Canadian actress who starred in the 2002 film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, was born in the town. Noel Coward, a British composer and performer, resided and is buried at adjacent Port Maria. Additionally, Ian Fleming resided in neighboring Oracabessa. Not far inland, in the hills south of Runaway Bay, lies the town of Nine Mile, the birthplace and boyhood home of Bob Marley.
Reef sites like as the Canyon and Ricky’s Reef are accessible through scheduled dives provided by the majority of hotels. It is reputed to provide the greatest offshore diving and snorkeling options in Jamaica. Runaway Bay is a vacation village known for its excellent offshore reef, which attracts snorkelers and scuba divers. A pair of crashed airplanes may also be observed at the Ganja Planes diving site.
At Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club, Runaway Bay is home to an eighteen-hole golf course that has held a number of championship competitions.