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Bamboo Blu Jamaica is a restaurant situated on a pristine white sand beach near Ocho Rios in St. Ann. 

It is a private property so you will be expected to patronize the restaurant there instead of bringing your own food. 

The beach is gorgeous and the properties offers a few activities that makes this stop a worthwhile one in St. Ann. 

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Bamboo Blu Location

Bamboo Blu beach is located right on the beach next to the Ocho Rios hotel Riu and within the confines of Mammee Bay Estate.

You’ll need to make a reservation to gain access to the property but there’s no hassle to get in, set up your stuff and relax. And the beach is gorgeous.

Bamboo Blu Ocho Rios
Bamboo Blu

Bamboo Blu Beach Club Menu

The beach club restaurant is open air with a relaxing vibe and an awesome view of Ocho Rios beach.

The décor added the right amount of sophisticated island vibe without being cheesy.

The menu is quite standard for Ocho Rios restaurants, a mix of American and Jamaican casual dining offerings. Think burgers, wings, pasta, fish and chips, jerk chicken, seafood done to order. 

The tourist prices reminded me however that this part of Jamaica wasn’t for me (aka average joe.) One burger for $US13 plus tax and 10% service charge (2014 prices) took me way out of my comfort zone.

Imagine if I had a few cocktails?

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The prices surely made me dig deep in my Jamaicanness and wonder what would happen if I brought my own food to the beach. Think they’d call security if they saw me uncover a KFC box? 😀

The fact that the burger was pretty bland and done for a palate that’s used to fewer spices than the average Jamaican didn’t help ease my woes.

I tasted the fish and chips, the dish I would have ordered if it wasn’t $17 and I was so happy I didn’t spring for it as it too was quite bland. No salt and pepper guys?

Food from Bamboo Blu Jamaica
From top left: Jerk Chicken with mashed sweet potatoes, Shrimp Salad, Escoveitched Fish, Fish and Chips and my burger

To be fair, those who had more Jamaican meals like the jerk chicken and the whole fish said their meal was lovely.

Maybe if I go back to Bamboo Blu, I’ll order something more Jamaican like the Catch of the Day fish instead of a meal popular in places where its less spice and more sauce. How dare you order fish and chips in Jamaica. 😉

After our meal, we went to relax on one of the daybed gazebos strewn about the place. I was hoping to catch some of this action but was out of luck that day.

Water activity at Bamboo Blu

Isn’t that awesome? I’d probably lose my lunch.

The breeze was incredibly strong that day and sand was whipping everywhere. The group playing volleyball on the sand behind the restaurant didn’t seem to mind. They were playing all day long!

They sure do love the sport. I laid out and fell asleep while others went to enjoy the water. (Lounges are available for US$5 if you want one)

Ocho Rios beach Bamboo Blu
Bamboo Blu beach

It was a lovely day out and yes, I would visit Bamboo Blu again and again. The beach was sprawling and lovely and the staff and amenities pleasant.

I like a beach where there’s enough shallow waters to play with munchkin without feeling like a wave is gonna come knock us down at any second.

I would however pack at least my own drinks. Have you ever been to Bamboo Blu?

Bamboo Blu Beach Club Jamaica