Belmont

JAMAICA
Belmont Itinerary

A sleepy beach town coming alive on the weekend

Duration: at least one week

Budget: $ 75 per day

Stay:  Belleh23 or Raggamuffin

I left Negril seeking a more peaceful and authentic experience further South. Belmont seemed like the perfect option! About midway to Treasure Beach, Belmont comes alive on the weekends and is quiet during the week. Belmont is stretched along the Highway and consists of charming restaurants, bars, and Berry selling the best pudding in town. 

  • Sight Seeing 40% 40%
  • Food 65% 65%
  • Activities 30% 30%
  • Relaxation 100% 100%

There are smaller stretches of beach right in Belmont, which you’ll likely only have to share with the local fishermen. Even though Belmont might not be the place to be for adventures, it offers quite some action away from town.

Feel the weekend party vibes

Belmont was the sleepiest town on my journey (at least during the week), but it seemed to be THE place on the weekends. Locals and tourists are coming in to have a good time by the water and continue the party in one of the beach bars.

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Enjoy Belmont's beach

Belmont’s beach stretches are small, but you’ll likely have them all to yourself. The waters shimmer in all shades of turquoise and are beautiful to look at. If you get up early enough, you can watch the fishermen come in and buy the day’s catch!

Bluefields Beach Park

A 15-minute car ride along the Black River to Savanna-la-mar main road will lead to an admittedly small but about 400 long stretches of white sand and stunning turquoise waters. I went during the week and had the beach entirely to myself. You’ll find street food, music, and a lively vibe on the weekends.

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Peter Tosh Mausoleum

Belmont is also home to the last remains of Peter Tosh, a founding member of the Wailers. Unfortunately, the mausoleum was closed at the time of my visit, but I still got to take a sneak peek. The grave is painted in Rasta Colors and continues to be a political statement to “legalize it.” You’ll see the paintings of a Rastaman with a huge joint, huge marijuana leaves, and a red-eyed Lion of Zion on Tosh’s actual tomb. Usually, tours tell the story of Bob Marley’s former band member.

Get ready to tavel Jamaica

How to get to Belmont

Belmont is about 2,5 hours ride from Negril by Route Taxi. I always got extra lucky with the transfer as I got to hop on an almost complete taxi in Savanna a Mar. A cab costs you around $120.

You’ll be leaving by Rote Taxi as well as there are now buses. 

Safety

It’s a tiny village, extra quiet during the week. I always felt very safe. The only “danger” I sensed was the traffic! Cars and motos go crazy on the road, and there is no pathway for walkers. So pay extra attention after dark!

Money

There is no ATM in Belmont, so better stack up before going. If you run out, it will take 45 minutes by bus to Black Rivers or 30 minutes up to Savanna a Mar.

Best Time to Travel

The climate stays pleasant all year round. It might rain a bit more during hurricane season from June to November.

Party & Nightlife

Belmont and its 2-3 over-the water-bars seem to be the place to be on the weekends. Bluefields beach park is also a popular hang-out spot for locals on the weekend!

Tap water

Even though Jamaica is considered a third-world country, it provides the best water quality in the region. You are, therefore, safe to drink tap water. This is especially true in the cities. However, if it makes you feel uneasy, bring your Lifestraw pro. It will keep your drinks cold for 24 hrs, too!

Biggest challenge for the responsible traveler

Trash

Make sure to bring a foldable food container and cutlery with you! The amount of waste caused by food sold on the street is incredible.

Sunscreen

Make sure to protect Jamaica’s marine life and bring reef-friendly sunscreen!

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Packing List Jamaica

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Eco-friendly stays in Jamaica

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Kingston, Jamaica – the place to be

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