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Nestled on Jamaica’s northern coast, Runaway Bay offers a perfect mix of tropical serenity, natural beauty and rich culture. Runaway Bay villas honour this heritage with beachfront stays that are unique and authentic.
Runaway Bay has long evoked images of intrigue. The name itself alludes to the spot where runaway slaves fled Jamaica in the Plantation era. It wasn’t until the 20th century’s tourist boom that the first Runaway Bay villas were constructed.
Today, Runaway Bay villas stand out as among some of the very best in Jamaica, offering a wealth of modern amenities as well as both classical and modern architecture and 5-star service.
Renting a luxury villa in Runaway Bay is easy with Rental Escapes. First, choose your travel dates. Next, choose your party size. From there, your Rental Escapes villa specialist will happily present you with the best available Runaway Bay villas for your group. After, your concierge customizes your trip, including transportation, chef service, boat charters, excursions, and more.
Evoking that classic Caribbean vibe, Runaway Bay villas are usually beachfront, fully staffed, and reflect a true appreciation for Jamaican culture.
Typical amenities for Runaway Bay villas include a private pool and hot tub, direct beach access, a pool deck, an outdoor dining patio, chef service, full housekeeping, and more.
Picture waking up to the sounds of waves gently rolling along the sand. Your breakfast is already prepared to your liking. After a quick bite, you relax by the pool overlooking the ocean before going in for a quick dip. And that’s just the start of your day.
These are the kinds of experiences Runaway Bay villas deliver.
Thanks to its long stretches of coastline, Runaway Bay makes a great destination for large groups and special events. Our 6+ bedroom Runaway Bay villas provide ample space to enjoy everything this beautiful part of Jamaica has to offer. They include:
Breakaway Villa: Located in Salem just east of Runaway Bay, this recently constructed villa is a perfect choice for families. The centrepiece is the atrium featuring two water features. Breakaway Villa also includes a games room, a 35-foot pool, a poolside lanai, an outdoor kitchen, and a private beach with gazebos, hammocks, and kayaks. It’s everything you need for a perfect family vacation.
Hidden Bay by the Sea: Designed with multigenerational groups in mind, Hidden Bay by the Sea lives up to its name. With an exceedingly private location, this villa offers its own strip of perfect beach, just by the promontory that serves as the villa's focal point. Charming touches like a wrap-around veranda, stone stepways, and a relaxed, understated décor further deliver the unfussy elegance that makes this villa so special.
Sweet Spot: As the name implies, Sweet Spot finds itself located just beside a 10,000-square-foot beach, with a coral reef just 50 feet offshore. The villa itself evokes the best of island living. Think mature gardens replete with bougainvillea, hibiscus, and coconut palms; large, open-floor living rooms; and a gorgeous pool overlooking the shimmering sea.
For smaller groups, these 4-5 bedroom Runaway Bay villas offer a spacious yet intimate experience. They include:
Selah Villa: Perched along the edge of a centuries-old nature reserve and facing a 220-foot private white sand beach, Selah Villa provides a perfect refuge for up to 8 guests. Furnished in the colonial tradition, every inch is covered in luxuriant materials and fabrics. It’s also fully staffed, including a cook, housekeeper, and butler.
Spanish Cove: An elevated take on the traditional Caribbean beach house, Spanish Cove combines an authentic Jamaican vibe with an unmatched beachfront location to create something truly special. You’re sure to agree as you step out along the wide veranda or take in the 180-degree ocean views from the pool terrace.
Villa Turrasann: Located along the perfect stretch of beach, Villa Turrasann is a 4,000-square-foot beach house that’s ideal for small families. It features authentic Jamaican furnishings and décor, a children’s room, a mature beach garden, and a large private pool.
All visitors to Jamaica must present a valid passport. If you’re travelling from outside the US, Canada, UK, or EU, an additional tourist visa may also be required.
The majority of travellers to Runaway Bay will fly into Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. From there, it’s about a 1-1.5-hour drive east to Runaway Bay, depending on traffic. Your Rental Escapes concierge can assist with airport transfers.
Jamaican roads can be tough, so a private driver is recommended to get around Runaway Bay. Private drivers also often double as tour guides and can be made available for the duration of your trip. Authorized taxis are also another good option. Your concierge is happy to help with arranging private drivers, taxis, and any other transportation needs.
Peak season in Runaway Bay is from mid-December to April. The weather is dry and mild, but it’s also the busiest time overall. Expect a lively atmosphere.
Shoulder season runs from May to August. This time of year sees an elevated chance of rain, but there are also fewer crowds. You’re also likely to find carnival or reggae events. For many, this is the best time to go to Runaway Bay.
Low season is from late August to early December. This is the hottest and rainiest time of year, with a higher chance of storms. However, this is also when you’ll find the best deals on Runaway Bay villas.
Runaway Bay is considered safe for travellers and one of the safest destinations in Jamaica. Our Runaway Bay villas are staffed and often gated, which provides an extra layer of security. The water in Runaway Bay is also usually calm. Driving, however, can be challenging due to the narrow roads.
Relax by the beach: Runaway Bay is famous for its soft white sand and calm, clear waters. Our Runaway Bay villas are also beachfront, which makes relaxing by the beach all day a very appealing option.
Go snorkelling and diving: The water around Runaway Bay is also home to some of Jamaica’s best snorkelling and diving. Whether you take a private boat charter or just swim out from your villa, be sure to take in the gorgeous corals and vibrant marine life.
Explore the Green Grotto Caves: These impressive limestone caves include a stunning subterranean lake, as well as large stalactites and stalagmites. A guided tour is easily one of the best excursions you can take from Runaway Bay.
Jamaicans have a high standard for food, and Runaway Bay is no exception. Expect lots of local dishes, like ackee and saltfish, curry goat, and oxtail stew, as well as jerk dishes and fresh seafood. There’s also a wide variety of international cuisine available, as well as a good selection of restaurants.
Most of our Runaway Bay villas also include chef service, and additional chef service and villa pre-stocking can be arranged on any villa stay. Your concierge can also work with you to develop personalized menus beforehand.
Runaway Bay benefits from a tropical climate with a defined dry and rainy season.
Winter is the coolest and driest season, with the lowest humidity. Average temperatures are 22°C to 30°C (72°F to 86°F). Average rainfall is lower during these months, typically around 2.5 inches (63 mm) per month.
Spring sees mild temperatures as well, but with a slight increase in rainfall. Average temperatures are 23°C to 31°C (73°F to 88°F). Average precipitation is around 3.1 inches (78 mm) in March, increasing to about 5.1 inches (130 mm) by May.
Summer sees temperatures and rain showers start to increase significantly. Average temperatures are 25°C to 32°C (77°F to 90°F). Average monthly rainfall is around 4.7 inches (120 mm) in June, peaking at about 5.5 inches (140 mm) in August.
Fall sees the peak of hurricane season, followed by a return to more mild weather. Average temperatures are 24°C to 31°C (75°F to 88°F). Average rainfall is around 6 inches (150 mm) per month, decreasing to about 4.5 inches (114 mm) in November.
If you’re hoping to visit this beautiful part of Jamaica, Rental Escapes can elevate your Runaway Bay villa rental into a true luxury experience.
Our portfolio includes the finest Runaway Bay villas, including beachfront villas, villas with chef service, and more.
Your Rental Escapes reservations expert can find the best luxury villa for your group, and your concierge personalizes your trip to create the ultimate Runaway Bay villa experience.
Contact us today to book your next dream holiday!