Treasure Beach, the Southcoast Gem of the Island of Jamaica
Updated: Jul 19
Treasure Beach on Jamaica’s Southcoast is more about the laidback Jamaica than the Northcoast beaches, and is rated as one of Jamaica’s secrets. This six-mile stretch of beach boasts golden sands and aquamarine water and one can easily get caught up in the “No Problem” Jamaican vibe. Visit Treasure Beach on your next trip to Jamaica.
Treasure Beach – A Jamaican Secret
Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth lives up to its name as a gem on Jamaica’s south coast. Its idyllic scenery, its six mile stretch of golden sand and, most importantly, its authentic Jamaican vibe, takes this beach into the top five best-kept secrets on the island.
Treasure Beach is the name given to a stretch of four coves and their associated settlements: Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Pedro Bay.
It is a winding 2hrs and 25mins journey by car from Montego Bay's Sir Donald Sangster International Airport. There are major hotels on the beachfront itself so, you’ll be close to the beach.
This amazing beach combines the aquamarine waters of Jamaica’s southern coastal waters with an awe-inspiring golden sand. It goes on for miles and is dotted with mostly rustic, laid-back hangout spots. There are, generally, not too many other visitors so beach clutter is small here.
Don’t expect easily available jet skis and other such watersport activities. Treasure Beach is more about the 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 come lay in the sun.
What should you carry?
The Beach Trip
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.
Keep in mind the beach is six miles long and it's easy to get caught up in your stroll. The beauty of the scenery and the cool Caribbean breeze has a tendency to let you wander off without realizing how far you've gone.
All along the beach, there are various cafes and restaurants so getting an authentic Jamaican lunch will not be a problem.
Reggae music in its various forms is the soundtrack of the cafes and Red Stripe beers are available everywhere.
An added bonus is the attitude of the people you encounter. St. Elizabeth is a parish that seems to only produce friendly, industrious citizens and the best of them seem to all hang out at Treasure Beach.
Though Treasure Beach may lack the flamboyance of an all-inclusive or the availability of water sports activities that may be found on other beaches, it makes up for it in its scenery, relaxed vibe and rustic island feel.
If you’re looking for a distinctly Jamaican beach experience there is none quite like treasure beach.
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Jacqueline Cameron is an editor/writer with years of writing experience running the gamut from blogging to reporting. She lives in Kingston, Jamaica and is the chief writer for the Jamaica So Nice Blog. She is a trained engineer and musician and loves to see people transformed through her work.