Treasure Beach


Isolated from the rest of the island by the Santa Cruz mountains, which create the area's distinct coastal desert environment by capturing the westbound rainfall, Treasure Beach is a catch-all name for a series of bays and fishing villages that extend from Fort Charles at the greater community's western edge, to Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, and Great Bay on the eastern edge of the community. Treasure Beach prides itself on offering a different kind of tourism than that found in Jamaica's more built-up tourist centers. Local ownership of the guesthouses and restaurants is more the rule than the exception, and it's impossible not to interact with Jamaicans in a more substantial context than being served your cocktail.

The earth in St. Elizabeth is a deep red, and the people, thanks to a mix of Scottish and African blood, also have a reddish complexion, often with striking blue or green eyes. These Jamaicans are commonly referred to as "red" by the rest of the island's population, with typical disregard for innuendos or connotations outsiders might deem politically incorrect. In spite of St. Elizabeth receiving the least rainfall on the island, the parish is known as Jamaica's "breadbasket," not for any grain produced there per se, but mainly for vast quantities of vegetables it sends across the island.

Many of the bays have decent swimming areas, but it's best to inquire with locals about the safety of jumping in the water at any particular point until you get accustomed to the area. Remain vigilant of rip tides and strong currents.



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Steppa is a three bedroom staffed villa that house up to 6 adults. The master bedroom with Adobe-style built-in King bed frame and lounge seating. Wood-louvred French doors open up to a wide rooftop patio with its own plunge pool and sunbathing deck. A second rooftop terrace with outdoor shower is accessed from the full ensuite bathroom. Room includes AC, fans, flat screen television, south-facing ocean views and north-facing Mountain vistas all above a canopy of trees and lush vegetation.

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Peeniwalli (US$1690 per night low/high season US$1944) is a four-bedroom staffed villa on the waterfront in Old Wharf, Treasure Beach. The villa house up to 8 adults and is attached to a sister property, Steppa (US$ 1495 per night low/high season US$1720), which has three bedrooms and house up to 6 guest, can be rent alone or together (US$2860 per night low/high season US$3663) with Peeniwalli.

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Kotch Villa

Kotch Villa offers the fullness of living in simply designed spaces surrounded by nature and pastoral views. Each home is thoughtfully designed with eye-catching interior furnishings and outfitted with the creature comforts you need to feel transported. Flower petal blossoms, swaying palms and circulating ocean-swept and mountain-side breezes – a magical concoction made complete by an inviting family spirit. Our Caribbean lifestyle is full of authentic island vibes and rich with the bounty of freshly cooked meals, the warm smiles of welcoming people and the spirit of community.

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Cave Canem

Cave Canem is a beautifully constructed four-bedroom villa seemingly transplanted from a greek isle located on a private protected beach in Billy's Bay.

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Lashings Boutique Hotel & Villas

Lashings Boutique Hotel & Villas (from US$66) has five double occupancy rooms with king-size beds, ceiling fans, en suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi. A two-bedroom penthouse apartment on the top level has a large outdoor living area, and a king bed in each room, one of which can be separated into two twins. A five-bedroom villa (US$500/night) below the main hotel block has one king-size bed and four queen-size beds.

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77 West

77 West (US$130) is a five-unit boutique hotel built on a bluff overlooking a protected cove in Billy's Bay, Treasure Beach. The property is centered around a four-foot-deep pool surrounded by a large sunbathing deck with the rooms perched a few steps higher overlooking the sea. Rooms have minimalist furnishings and decor, with polished concrete floors, ceiling fans and A/C. Louvered windows open on three sides to take advantage of the sea breeze.

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Coquina is a three-bedroom beachfront villa on Great Pedro Bay, the eastern most of a string of coves together known as Treasure Beach. Coquina is set back from the water, separated from the beach by a sloping lawn and Blue Marlin, a four-bedroom sister villa that can be rented together for larger groups. The villas are situated on a 2.5-acre property with lovely gardens and a gazebo at the edge of the sand.

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Bliss by the Sea

Bliss by the Sea (USD 390/night) is Located on one of the most pristine beaches in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, this art deco home built in the 1950s, offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and the Great Pedro Bluff. The bumpy track leading to the villa may at first appear to be somewhat rustic but it ensures peace and privacy as well as adding to the quiet charm.

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Kouros Villa

Serene, peaceful oceanfront villa with private beach fit for a Greek God

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