Visit the quiet seaside village of Great Bay, Treasure Beach.
One of the most beautiful parts of Treasure Beach.
Deserted beaches, unspoiled spectacular scenery, Rasta culture and no hassles are what you will find here.
You may hike or bike the deserted coastline, lounge on the secluded beaches, climb the cliffs or explore the caves of the Great Pedro Bluff, kayak or bird watch in the Great Salt Pond.
See the quiet part of Jamaica.
Treasure beach is a real gem for travelers that are looking for something off the beaten path. You will find several miles of sand in this area and very few tourista. It is also a great area for hiking although there are no real tracks, only footpaths used by local fishermen.
The area is a prime birding location.
When we were in the Blue Mountains, we were fortunate to be able to stay in cottages at New Castle called Cottages in Greenwich. They are the summer vacation homes of wealthy Kingston families. They were planted with lush flower gardens all around them. We had a cook who came in and cooked our meals with food our guide purchased in Kingston. Most of the time we ate on the terrace looking out over the lovely gardens.
Marshall's Pen is the two century-old home of Robert and Ann Sutton set in 300 acres of private nature reserve. A few lucky birdwatching tours get to stay here so this was one of the attractions of the tour that I took. We were staying here 3 nights. It is a working ranch and used to be a coffee plantation but not any more. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded here. The property was once owned by the Earl of Balcarres who was governor of Jamaica from 1795-1801. Robert is Jamaica's leading ornithologist and co-authored the field guide to birds of Jamaica. Ann is an environmental scientist. Robert took us on bird walks through the property helping us spot birds as well as pointing out the plants and other animals found here. A few of the birds we found here were: Saffron Finch, Green-rumped Parrotlet, White-eyed Thrush, Vervain Hummingbird, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, and Zenaida Dove. One really nice feature was that one night we went out looking for owls and saw the Jamaican Owl and the Northern Potoo. Robert and Ann are extremely gracious hosts and the food here was wonderful.
If you dress nice and ask about a timeshare then security will let you in the building. Inside they have a waterfall that is over 15 stories tall and a rainforest. If you take the elevator to the penthouse floor there is a tunnel that will take you to the top of the mountain.
If there is an apartment available you can actually spend the night in one if you have the money. There is a grocery store in the building as well. It is located across the street from doctors cave beach
Cockpit Country is a rugged, inaccessible area of inland Jamaica. It is an island-within-an-island of specially-adapted biodiversity found nowhere else in the world and is a last refuge for some species driven from the rest of Jamaica by humans.
This rugged terrain is characteristic of the Karst topography that defines the area. Limestone is dissolved and removed by subsurface water resulting in underground caverns. As caverns develop, the water table is lowered and eventually the caverns collapse creating sinkholes that leave the land with the appearance of an inverted egg carton. No roads traverse the Cockpits. They are accessed only from the surrounding Maroon settlements.
This area makes for great hiking. It is best to hire a guide as in many places, only a thin, brittle layer of rock remains over the deep caverns that have been eroded from below and the possibility always exists of plunging through the thin limestone into sinkholes of unknown depth.
It's a bit unconventional but if you are interested in tours of a bauxite mine, they can be arranged with Alcan Jamaica in Mandeville.
I did one and it was quite interesting. The tour included lunch and I think it was the best meal I ate on that trip. Curried goat, fried fish of some sort . . . it was all gorgeous.
One of the the things that struct me at the time was the size of the lorries in the mine. Now I know that such vehicles are standard in mining and quarrying industries.
There is a Jamaican folk song that goes "Carry mi ackee go a Linstead Market . . ."
So when the opportunity arose I visited Linstead Market, I went.
The market is Linstead is very traditional. People from the surrounding villages and farms bring their produce to be sold at Linstead Market.
It is not a place with any tourist value whatsoever. But if you want to witness rural jamaica far off the beaten path and away from the tourist trail, then Linstead Market is the sort of place you need to visit.
This is a tourist attraction but if you stay on the resort side of the island it takes some effort to get here safely. Bob was laid to rest in his childhood home with the outside adorned with the Jamaican flag. It is almost a holy place in Jamaica; here they come close to worshipping the late musician, as this is the Rastafarian nation. I have heard that his widow is trying to move his body to Africa, so by the time you read this it might not be worth the visit. This is on the SouthEast side of the island in the hills, it was called Nine Mile if I remember right.
Take a close look at the picture...yes those are fish.
After our walk Trevor took me down to the river where he had played as a child and he had one last surprise for me. Before the long walk back a little attention need to be paid to our feet and the fish do a very good job. They nibble at the loose and dead skin on your feet, removing any parasites, it tickles like hell but you feel great afterwards.
Trevor decided to show me the village of Robins River where he grew up, it was only a five hour hike across the often difficult hills. There were very few paths and even fewer people. On the way he pointed out coffee plants, and ganja plantations, very educational.
Believe it or not, at some of the all inclusive resorts, there are actually some trails that lead to different parts of the resort. While walking on one of these "trails," we came across this gazebo situated beside a restaurant. We found out later it was used for weddings.
At Alligator Hole in Clarendon on the south coast, there are three manatees who were stranded (originally four but one died) that still live here. I believe that the original intent was to breed the manatees as their population had dwindled, apparently Jamaicans found manatees to be pretty tasty in addition to the added problem of boat propellers since manatees surface quite frequently. It was eventually discovered that they were all female.
There is a small boat and a guard watching the manatees at this spot, the guard will take you out on the boat in search of the manatees. Before we even got into the boat, we spotted one right away in the crystal clear water so we rowed over to where it was, gently lowered ourselves in (the manatees will move away if you splash) and got an excellent view as she swam away. I think we were really lucky to see one so quickly, our guide said often it takes quite a bit of time to find one.
My husband and our guide followed her down the river and saw the other two before they swam under the banks.
I didn't get a picture of the manatees but I did take a shot of the spot where they hang out.
After I was out of the water, our guide told us that there is also a resident crocodile, glad I didn't know before I got in! Snorkeling with the manatees didn't phase me at all but I would keep a respectful distance as they are still wild animals.
We went to the Milk River spa on a trip combined with the Appleton Rum Factory and Alligator Hole (with Barrett Adventures).
The experience involved a 20 minute soak in one of the 9 private tiled baths (you can soak with or without your suit on) with natural waters with a high level of radioactivity that is reputed to soothe aches and pains and cure numerous ailments including rheumatism, gout, neuralgia, sciatica, lumbago and liver disorders. The radioactivity here is higher than any other spa in the world, 54 times higher than Baden-Baden in Switzerland.
The spa also has a hotel for people wanting to stay for a longer period of time.
The Milk River spa is 36 miles from Mandeville on the south coast.
Irie Beach is not really a beach but it is definitely IRIE. It is a river with some small waterfalls where you can go swimming. At one time, it appeared to have had public facilities but when we went it was just beautifully overgrown. It is located in area around White River.
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