Treasure Beach –> Hippie – Artsy – Upcoming – Windy – Poor road conditions – Rastas – Delicious food – Lot of restaurants and bars – Laid back – Friendly people – Sustainability – Dry air / area – Less green – Countryside – Strong community – Yellow sanded beach – Non touristy – No hustlers – Lazy lifestyle – Fishing village – Real Jamaica
Treasure Beach is the generic name for four coves; Billy’s Bay, Frenchman’s Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Bay. The sea can be rough and the color is more green instead of blue. An artsy place, friendly people, no hustlers, lots of fishing boats, no exclusive resorts and a local community promoting sustainability. A public beach and no entrance fees here. Here you can experience the real Jamaica!
After another yummy breakfast of omelette and fresh fruits prepared by Betty of Orchid Cottage she brings us to the bus. She also gives us packed fruits on the go, that we forgot at the bus station (we know, stupid). Hopefully someone else enjoyed it.
The Knutsford departs at 08:30 from Kingston to Gutters (with a short stop in Mandeville). From Gutters we take a route taxi to Treasure Beach. Probably it’s better to travel further to Black River (Luana) and take a route taxi from there to Treasure Beach, because from there it’s shorter, about 45 min drive and it’s cheaper.
The Knutsford has no bus stop in Treasure Beach. Why not we ask ourselves? The place is really upcoming and tourists will visit the place more. However, maybe it’s better Treasure Beach maintains less easily accessible.
Around 11:20 we arrived in Gutters, a little sleeping village. We hardly were dropped off at the bus stop and stretched our legs, a route taxi immediately was offered. For USD $50 he will drive us to our accomodation in Treasure Beach. Now we know he asked way too much. A 1,5 hour drive leads us to Treasure Beach. I think the speed was not more than 20 km per hour. The roads are very bumpy, lot of holes and curves. And if you are unlucky, there is a big truck in front of you.
We put our backpacks in the cottage and we explore the area. The air in Treasure Beach is much dryer and the area is less green than the rest of the island, especially in comparison with Port Antonio. Our first impression of this fishing village felt really good; a relaxing laidback vibe, a kind of hippie atmosphere in the countryside. Happily there are lots of restaurants and bars to choose from, which sometimes was difficult to find elsewhere (outside the cities) in Jamaica.
We do not understand why the Knutsford bus is not stopping in Treasure beach, because the place is amazing! Again, not crowded and a few tourists in this fishing village, just as elsewhere in Jamaica. Only in Negril and Ochi you see many tourists. We do not understand people do not explore more the island.
We decide to relax and stay close. We don’t want to take any taxi during our stay here, becaude this trip contains already many travel hours. Our goal was to try lots of local food and to chill on the beach!
We ate a delicious pizza and ordered a Pina Colada and a Red Stripe at Jack Sprat. Go there, because it’s a beautiful location at the sea to hang out and swim. With a bohemian interior and film posters on the wall, rum bar, great music you tend to come here every night! Delicious fresh seafood and if you want they put lobster on your pizza. The price for a pizza is around €13, – which is really affordable.
After breakfast we are exploring the area, jump into streets and little shops and strolling along the coast. We are having lunch at Eggy’s located at the beach. We take a Red Stripe and rice with peas and veggie chuncks, Remco orders shrimps with rice and peas. Rice with peas is a typical side dish in Jamaica. Very simple dished, but delicious seasoned. Quite expensive to eat here, we paid 5300 JMD which is about €40,-. Maybe it was a special tourist price.
Despite the fact Treasure Beach is quite unknown for tourists there are amazing guesthouses, yoga centres and boutique hotels. Thanks to Jake’s hotel more tourists are exploring Treasure Beach these days. Jake’s is a famous hotspot with its colourful, arty, boutique hotel build on a rock with a hippie easygoing vibe and a cocktailbar. It’s not cheap to stay here, but you can enjoy the place by only drinking a cocktail here. The cocktails are delicious, we tried a pineapple punch and a Jake’s special rum punch, yumm! The cocktails are served with rvs straws, big thumbs up for the sustainable straws! Price 1600 JMD, around €11,- for these two drinks.