Moon Author's Review
Frenchman’s Cove (US$125-460, inclusive of tax and continental breakfast) remains one of Jamaica’s prime properties, considered by some to have the best beach on the island. The cove itself is small with a short, wide beach and fine white sand. Fifteen villas are scattered about a large property. The three villas in use and the 12 rooms in the main house are not sparkling by any means and could certainly use more attention than they get, but for its proximity to an excellent beach, Frenchman’s is still a good accommodation option, especially for a family that is more interested in affordability and convenience than shiny shower curtain rods.
Jerk lunch is cooked every afternoon on the beach, which is open to nonguests as well (9 a.m.-5 p.m daily, admission US$5). After its opening in 1961, Frenchman’s Cove quickly became one of the most exclusive resorts around. Formerly a part of Cold Harbour Estate--which encompassed all of San San, Frenchman’s, and Drapers Harbour--Frenchman’s Cove is today owned by the Weston family, which runs several international business ventures. Frenchman’s Cove Villas have suffered repeated hurricane damage, especially during Gilbert in 1988. The structures are intact, however, though it appears the interiors haven't been updated since the 1970s and the ambiance is less than inviting.