Treasure Beach: You’ll find a treasure trove of coves and bays along Jamaica’s south coast, where the Caribbean meets sandy and occasionally rocky coastlines. The South Coast’s coastline offers a variety of opportunities with its mixture of white and black sand stretches, rocky coves, fishermen’s enclaves, and isolated swimming areas.
Treasure Beach is a popular beach neighborhood for residents and tourists (a spot that surely lives up to its name). Its idyllic scenery, a long six-mile stretch of golden sand, and, most importantly, its authentic Jamaican vibe take this beach into the top five best-kept secrets on the island.
Treasure Beach is a winding 2hrs and 25mins journey by car from Montego Bay’s Sir Donald Sangster International Airport. But there are major hotels on the beachfront itself. So once you get there, you’ll be a hop and a skip from the beach.
This magnificent beach blends the breathtaking golden sand with the azure waves of Jamaica’s southern coastal waters. It extends for miles and is peppered with mostly unassuming hangouts. There are typically not many other tourists. Therefore the beach is largely clutter-free.
Don’t expect easily available Jet Skis and other such watersport activities. Treasure beach is more about a relaxed Jamaica “No Problem” vibe than perhaps anywhere else on the island. Swimming, Snorkeling, and Body Surfing top the physical activities list here.
All types of visitors can be accommodated on a treasure beach excursion. So kids and the physically impaired are also welcome to lay in the sun.
What should you carry?
- A swimsuit
You can park near the beach and leave everything in the car. That way, you won’t have to negotiate where to leave your things when you enter the water.
Remember that the beach is six miles long, and getting caught up in your stroll is easy. The beauty of the scenery and the cool Caribbean breeze tend to let you wander off without realizing how far you’ve gone.
There are various cafes and rustic restaurants along the beach, so getting an authentic Jamaican lunch will not be a problem.
Reggae music in its various forms is the soundtrack of the various cafes, and Red Stripe beers are available everywhere.
A bonus is the attitude of the people you encounter. St. Elizabeth is a parish that only produces friendly, industrious citizens, and the best of them all hang out at Treasure Beach.
If you’re looking for a distinctly Jamaican beach experience, there is none like treasure beach. The beautiful scenery, relaxed vibe, and rustic island feel of Treasure Beach make up for the lack of pretension or water sports activities on other beaches.
So if you value vibe over thrills and culture over typical beach fare, Treasure Beach is the one for you.