We needed to take a trip over to Kingston this past week and we decided to make an extended road trip out of the 250km drive. It’s been a long time since I have been to some parts of the South Coast of Jamaica and the family has never been to places like Treasure Beach so we decided this would be our first stop on the way to Kingston and the shipping ports where we needed to pick up a barrel we shipped from the States.
We got a late start in the day and arrived in the late afternoon because I chose to stop about a zillion times for pictures and stuff. The new camera is great but it can be a distraction. I took a total of 2500 photographs over our 3 day adventure. It’s super cool to have so many shots to chose from for the site now but I probably wasted an hour taking photos and messed up my schedule. Having never spent much time in Treasure Beach I was unsure where would be the best place to stay when we arrived but some quick research at TreasureBeach.net listed all the available accommodations in Treasure Beach and much more. I went on the further advice of my favorite Jamaican Travel Guide and chose Sandy Hill Cottages for our first nights visit. It’s a really nice place to stay, look for my further review later this week.
Arriving late as we did I was more focused on finding the place to stay for the night and after unloading some of our things in the room we took off for a short ride around Treasure Beach just so we could all see the place. Treasure Beach is a place for laid back relaxation and there is not much to do in the evening except have some food and drinks at your resort or one of the many small establishments in town. There are but a few larger places in town such as Jakes with more than a handful of customers on any given evening and for the most action you’ll probably spend much of your time at Jakes or Jack Sprats Beach.
Jakes Place in Treasure Beach
Jack Sprat Beach
Both of these places are very nice places closer to Calabash Bay and by far the more popular spots in the Treasure Beach. Jakes Place is more the night time spot open until late every evening and Jack Sprats is more popular during the day for its wonderful beaches and free showers for restaurant clients. If you had a place to camp in the area you could bath and eat at Jack Sprats and stay in TB for as little as the cost of lunch each day. I had a hard time finding anyone interested in renting out some camping spaces and we ended up with a room for our stay in Treasure Beach.
Treasure Beach is very much a lazy fishing village with little more to do than hang on the beach or participate in the variety of watersports available. Treasure Beach is well known to offer some of the best fishing in Jamaica and many of the area residents earn a living from the nearby seas. The fishing in TB is varied and you can hire a professional charter boat from places like Jakes or you can do as most do and negotiate a day trip with a local fisherman and spend the day like so many Jamaicans do by working your butt off in the hot sun hoping to catch enough to eat for dinner for you and your family.
Many visitors to Jamaica come here to relax in the natural beauty of the island and chill on the beach with a Red Stripe or spliff in hand. If that’s what you want from a vacation in Jamaica than Treasure Beach is the place for you. Some say Treasure Beach is what Negril was about 30 years ago and it’s pretty easy to see that the lack of development and tourists has been a blessing in many ways to the people of Treasure Beach and the South Coast of Jamaica.
Treasure Beach is actually a collection of bays along the South Coast of Jamaica with the more popular being Calabash Bay. The best place for beach access seems to be the road alongside the Golden Sand Resort which provides access to the public beaches of Frenchmans Cove and makes for a great start for a leisurely stroll down the beach. If you’re not into the beach and fishing than there may well be no reason at all for you to visit Treasure Beach. If you appreciate having a gorgeous beach all to yourself than Treasure Beach Jamaica may well be the paradise for you that it is for so many others. Look for more articles on places to stay and things to do in Treasure Beach coming from us over the next week or two.fisherman, food, frenchmans cove, jack sprat beach, jakes, Jamaica, jamaica-vacations, jamaicans, kingston, negril, re, travel, Treas, Treasure Beach, trreasure-beach