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What to Do around Jamaica's South Coast

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The south coast of Jamaica is rarely a first timer’s choice because of its relative isolation. But those who do venture south will find nature, wildlife, and tranquil beaches. Treasure Beach, the most popular retreat area, is a string of Jamaican fishing villages resting on black sand. Nearby are natural wonders like Black River and YS Falls, while offshore sits the famous Pelican Bar. The pace is slow here in south Jamaica, and that's exactly why you'd come.
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Treasure Beach, Jamaica
I have yet to see more than two people at once on Treasure Beach's wide black sand stretches. The sea here is no less stunning, and you'll spot plenty of birds complementing this charming scenery of fishing villages spread out along the coast....
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YS Falls, Saint Elizabeth Parish,, Jamaica
A quiet moan eeked out as I walked up the (really not-so-many) steps to the promised falls - but be assured when I got there, the gasp for breath was at the sheer majesty and beauty of it. Plunge in to the refreshingly cool fresh water river, or...
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Black River, Jamaica
If you've ever longed for a ride down a river to spot crocodiles—and who among us hasn't? [editor's note: me!]—you can do just that on the Black River in southern Jamaica. The river cruises are a popular tourist attraction,...
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Cataboo, Jamaica
Bypass the roadside watering holes and take a boat ride to Floyd's Pelican Bar, instead. This thatched hut stands on stilts out in the water, making it a dreamy spot for an afternoon of swimming and shooting the breeze, solo or...
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Treasure Beach, Jamaica
The south coast’s calm fishing villages, with their congestion-free roads and quiet countryside paths, are the ideal place to take long walks or bike rides. Grab a bicycle from your resort in Treasure Beach and explore the villages that sit all...
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Jamaica
Have you ever had a drink while standing at the top of a 1,700-foot vertical drop, as the sun sets into the ocean? That’s what you get at Lovers’ Leap, less than a half-hour's drive from Treasure Beach. Pay a small entrance fee...
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Calabash Bay P A, Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth 00000, Jamaica
One of my favorite spas in Jamaica is located at the well-known Jakes Resort, in Treasure Beach. Small, cozy and away from the big resort towns, it’s a wonderful place to unwind. Opt for a long full body massage in one of only four oceanfront...
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Accompong Maroon, Jamaica
You won’t regret a visit to Accompong Town, an authentic Maroon village in the hills of Cockpit Country. The Maroons, descendants of enslaved West Africans first brought to Jamaica by the Spanish, fought British slaveholders—by...
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South Coast, Jamaica
Jamaican food is not all jerk and meat patties! You can sample one of the island's most popular snacks, pepper shrimp, along the south coast. In the town of Middle Quarters, roadside vendors cook the shrimp in big steaming pots on...
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Going to dinner at Little Ochie is as fun as it is delicious. Pick your dinner—from a cooler of freshly caught fish—by species and by weight, then pick the style in which you'd like it cooked: jerk,...
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Bluefields Bay, Jamaica
Located an hour's drive from Negril on the southwestern coast, Bluefields Bay is a popular beach. It’s crescent-shaped and rocky on the left hand side, but sandy on the right, and the water is an iridescent turquoise. You'll find more local...