Treasure Beach

Catabash Bay // Billy’s Bay // Great Pedro Bay // Frenchman’s Bay // Breadbasket Region...

Treasure Beach is a rural enclave located on the southwest coast of Jamaica in the Parish of St Elizabeth, covering Billy’s Bay, Frenchman’s Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Pedro Bay. The name is said to derive from the Scottish sailors who became shipwrecked here in the 19th Century and it is known for its near-empty beaches and authentic Jamaican vibe.

With a history also in fishing and farming, the region has long been heralded as the island’s ‘Breadbasket Region’ and you will still find examples of traditional farming on the Pedro Plains of the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. In neighbouring villages and towns such as Alligator Pond, the fishing industry still thrives.

Known for being the ‘town of community tourism’, Treasure Beach has a near-zero crime rate and collection of beach shacks and locally owned businesses that attract the traveller in search of the ‘real’ Jamaican experience. They key hotel here is the boho-style Jakes Hotel alongside a small collection of guesthouses, apartments and private villas.

Music, Arts and Culture
Treasure Beach is famous for the Calabash International Literary Festival, pioneered by Colin Channer, with support from the Henzell family who run the renowned Jakes Hotel. The bi-annual festival takes place in June and sees big-name authors and artists such as Salman Rushdie descend on the town for various readings, storytelling and cultural events.

Visitor Attractions
While many visitors come here for the Caribbean Sea and blissful beaches, Treasure Beach has a number of attractions within a 1-2 hour drive away. YS fall is one of the island’s most beautiful waterfalls and the town of Black River is worth a visit for the boat tours. You can reach the Appleton Rum Estate and Alligator Pond within an hour and nearby Lover’s Leap is worth visiting for the interesting history and spectacular coastal views.

Getting there
Treasure Beach is a 1½ to 2-hour drive from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and around 2-3 hours from Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Getting Around
There is no reliable public transport in Treasure Beach so both locals and visitors rely on private taxis to get around which you can hail on the main street or arrange via your hotel. Make sure you only use registered red number plates and always agree your fare before you get in.

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Author Bio:
Lucy McGuire is an award-winning journalist based in London who writes on travel, food and lifestyle for both print and online

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