Far from the two tourist cities of Ocho-Rios and Montego Bay and far from the normal and predictable routine of all-inclusive hotels lies a different Jamaica. These are out of the way destinations where you get more than sun, sea and sand. You can mingle with the local folks and partake of the culture that is always on show. These are the places where everybody knows your name.
Located in St. Elizabeth on the south coast of Jamaica, it’s one of the Island’s best-kept secrets. Focused on community tourism, Treasure Beach offers you black sand beaches, fiery red orange sunsets and warm, friendly people, a perfect place to unwind and relax. Book a room at the Jakes Resort or rent one of the comfy well equipped villas. Visit the local eateries such as Jack Sprat Café and Mar blue Villas and Suites, where the food is always fresh from the market and sea.
Charter a boat out to Pelican Bar located on a sand dune 1 km from the shore and watch the dolphins play. Enjoy a luxurious outdoor steam bath, play a game of football (soccer) or dominoes with the locals and have a beer when you’re done. Enjoy a bonfire on the beach while eating Jamaican favourites and listening to sweet Reggae music at the local bar.
The Trident Hotel
Considered one of the most lavish villas in Jamaica, the Trident is located in the parish of Portland. Open front villas are nestled right at the edge of the Caribbean Sea each with its own private terrace and soaking pool. Far from the maddening crowd, the Trident offers relaxation at its finest; with an outdoor spa and yoga deck that faces the ocean. With a private beach, the guest has the opportunity to go snorkeling, or schedule a trip to the world famous Blue Lagoon.
Rafting on the Rio Grande is another favorite pastime after which guests can head to the community of Boston for finger licking jerk while hanging out with the local folks.
Many people may not consider having a vacation in Kingston, but if you’re looking to get more out of your holiday, Kingston is the place to be. Book a room at one of the numerous hotels in the city and start your journey.
Visit Port Royal, once considered the wickedest city on earth, as it was the port of call for the real Pirates of the Caribbean. Stop at the museum which shows artifacts recovered after part of the city sank in an earthquake. Relax on the lawns of Devon House considered to be the fourth best place to eat ice cream by National Geographic.
Trek to the Bob Marley Museum, where the life and work of the Reggae star are on display, and if all of that makes you hungry, have lunch at Olympic superstar Usain Bolt’s restaurant Tracks and Records. Who knows, you just may run into him there.