The jewel of the South Coast is charting high on the new ‘must visit’ destinations in Jamaica. A tour of Treasure Beach will reveal a small fishing village that is slowly transforming into a haven for those who seek a little more natural setting for their vacation and some unique off the beaten path excursions along with a popular literary festival and delicious farm to table dining experiences.
French native Sophie Eyssautier’s Callaloo boutique brings a pop of colour and whimsy to this quiet beach town. Combining years of experience in the Paris fashion industry with the vibrancy of all things Jamaican, her line of island inspired beach cover-ups, signature handbags, dolls and colourful household amenities make perfect souvenirs and gifts.
Tel: (876) 390-3949
Black River Safari
Nature lovers will delight in this 1 ½ hour boat ride three miles up (and back) the largest navigable river, in the largest fresh water ecosystem in Jamaica and the Caribbean. “Safari” sightings include a glimpse of some of the 100 species of birds that live in the morass, endangered American Crocodiles and the giant red mangrove trees (with roots up to 40ft long!) lining the banks. There are many operators to choose from but none as established as J. Charles Swaby whose tour offers a look through a mini museum and also a visit to his “nursery” where you can hold a baby crocodile.
Tel: (876) 965-2513/965-2086
Set a quarter a mile out to sea on a shallow sand bank, Floyd’s Pelican Bar has become one of the most famous in the world. True to its humble roots, the bar, with its thatch roof and uneven wooden floors propped up by stilts, serves up a basic but satisfying offering of cold drinks, a game of dominoes with local fishermen, snorkeling for conch shells and a makeshift boardwalk perfect for lounging with friends.
Tucked away in an idyllic natural setting, YS’s seven cascading waterfalls plunge through some of the most beautiful flora and fauna on the island. After traveling inland on a jitney, across a working cattle and stud (horse) farm, guests can opt to swing from a rope into the river, zipline across the breadth of the falls, or relax in one of the cabanas next to a spring filled pool.
Tel: (876) 997-6360
Inspired by one family’s love affair with Treasure Beach, Jakes is comprised of a colourful collection of assorted cottages and bungalows along the rugged coastline of the small sleepy fishing village. Designed by multi hyphenate artist and self-taught architect Sally Henzell, the property exudes a bohemian funky kind of charm serviced by friendly staff and built on the company ethos that promotes sustainable development.
Tel: (876) 965-3000
Hands down the best seafood and pizza spot in the town of Treasure Beach, JackSprat is also a great place to tap into the vibe of the local scene. Ask about live performances that happen during the busy winter season.
Tel: (876) 965-3583