Located off the beaten track on the south coast of the island, the fishing village of Treasure Beach offers a genuinely Jamaican community based tourism product. In close proximity to unique excursions and attractions, and offering a range of accommodations options from cozy guest houses to luxurious villas, visitors can be assured that their stay in this welcoming community will be as memorable as the beautiful sunsets they’ll get to enjoy on this side of the island.
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 for perfect souvenirs and gifts.
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.
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Boat trips are available to Black River, Pelican Bar and Galleon Beach Fishing Sanctuary from Treasure Beach and Parottee. There are two captains, Dennis Abrahams and Joseph Brown, who offer shore lunches (at an additional cost) on a secluded beach in nearby Fort Charles each with their own unique twist. These day trips are great for groups or special occasions and are priced per person.
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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.
Also check Jakes Instagram @JakesTresureBeach
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.
Also check YSFalls Instagram @YSFalls
Gee Wiz Restaurant
Located in a strip of shops on the main road heading into the community, Gee Wiz is the only vegetarian restaurant in Treasure Beach. Serving up wholesome meals, juices and tonics, there is also a small stall in front that sells fresh vegetables and fruits. Gee Wiz is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30am - 7:30pm. Favourites include the pineapple and coconut smoothie and the hearty bean stew.
Tel: (876) 573 5988
Fact: The capital town of St. Elizabeth, Black River was the first place on the island to become electrified; it would also have electricity before New York City.
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