Treasure Beach

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Treasure Beach Itinerary

Welcoming vibes for real

Duration: at least one week

Budget: $ 75 per day

Stay:  Belleh23 or Raggamuffin

Treasure Beach, a mid-sized community consisting of locals and ex-pats, features several beautiful beaches with distinct vibes. I loved that I could choose between famous beaches with more of a party vibe and deserted stretches of the beach whenever I was seeking tranquility. Contrary to other beaches in Jamaica, you won’t find many water activities, such as jet skies but will encounter a unique vibe.

The beach stretches for around six miles and is perfect for sun lovers! However, the beaches offer very little shade, so come prepared! 

  • Nature 40% 40%
  • Beach 70% 70%
  • Activities 95% 95%
  • Relaxation 100% 100%

The community of Treasure Beach is unique, and it was there that I found my favorite stay in all of Jamaica. I was in awe as soon as I climbed the stairs and took in the incredible view of my home for the time and underlying Frenchman’s Bay for the first time.

Walk among the bays and soak up some sun

Frenchman’s Beach

The half-mile-long beach in front of Frenchman’s restaurant and bar is a superb spot to hang out. From the bar, you have a nice view of the beach. The beach is pretty cool, with some smaller Airbnbs and restaurants nearby. It’s not necessarily the best beach for swimming, though, as the current is pretty strong. Like Jake’s Sprat Beach, I loved how locals would come and enjoy the beach on the weekends, waking the otherwise pretty quiet town. Welcoming Vibes hostel offers the most amazing sunsets over Frenchman’s Beach.

Calabash Bay

You can reach Calabash Bay from Frenchman’s in about 10-15 minutes. When the water is good, it’s an excellent spot for swimming. Several restaurants and Airbnbs are close by.

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The bays of Treasure Beach

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 Jake’s Sprat Beach

The slight stretch of beach right in front of Jake’s Spart restaurant is an excellent place to hang out and feel the vibe. During the weekend, the beach filled up with many Jamaican families as the waters were very calm and a good place for swimming. By the way: Jakes Sprat supports sustainable and organic farming in the region!

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Old Wharf

If you continue for about 20 minutes, you’ll find Old Wharf Bay before Great Bay. It’s probably the most private and quiet of all beaches surrounding Treasure Beach. It’s pretty enclosed, so the waters are almost always pretty calm, making it an excellent place to swim.

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Great Bay

This vast and long stretch of beaches is perfect for open-water swimming. It was empty during my visit, and I had the entire beach to myself. At the end of Great Bay, you’ll find Lobster Pot restaurant serving the most delicious Lobster! Lobster pot is a legend and super popular with locals and tourists alike.  

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Enjoy the most amazing sunsets at Pelican Bar

Admittedly, a visit to Pelican’s Bar wasn’t very high on my bucket list. Still, after such a pleasant surprise in Rick’s Café in Negril, I was open to giving it a try as my wonderful host Paul strongly urged me to go, and I was thrilled I did! The sunsets from the bar are breathtaking!

Pelican Bar is right off Paratee, a small fishing village about 15 minutes from Treasure Beach. The bar, constructed in the turquoise Caribbean sea, can only be reached by boat. The ride takes about 5 minutes. The price depends on the people going.

Take in the view of Lover's Leap

Lover’s Leap offers the most sweeping views over the sea from 1700 ft above sea level. It almost seems like the view lasts forever. By the way: the lighthouse at Lovers’ Leap is the highest in the western hemisphere. It has become a local hotspot on Sunday evenings, where you’ll find lively vibes, music, and typical Jamaican food.

However, the story behind Lover’s Leap is quite tragic. The story behind it is a sad love story of two enslaved people who decided to run away together as the plantation owner meant to separate them. Their tragic run ended upon the Leap, where they jumped and were supposedly caught by the golden net of the moon.

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Feel the vibes at my favorite spot in town

Paul’s Welcoming Vibes hostel is, without a doubt, my favorite place from which to enjoy Treasure Beach. It’s a perfect spot to spend some days, tour, and discover the surroundings with Paul or have a rooftop yoga session.

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How to get to Treasure Beach

It is relatively easy to get to Treasure Beach from Montego Bay via Black River or Kingston, with a stopover in Mandaville. If you are traveling by Route Taxi, make sure to start in the mornings as it might take some time, and it’s always easier to travel before dark. Generally, Sunday is not the best day to travel via Route Taxi as the waiting times for the cars to fill are extra long.

Safety

Treasure Beach was very quiet during my travel due to Covid restrictions. Generally speaking, the town is very safe day and night.

Best Time to Travel

Treasure Beach is one of Jamaica’s driest regions, making it a perfect getaway when it’s still rainy season in other parts.

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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