South Coast, Jamaica
Most visitors here come east from Negril through Savanna-la-Mar to the high-country, British-style town of Mandeville, then on to a boat tour up the Black River, home of freshwater crocodiles. (Those with more time hit Treasure Beach first before going on to Mandeville.)
The area attracts an adventure-oriented visitor who doesn't want to be picked up in a minivan and hauled to an all-inclusive hotel behind a guarded compound with canned entertainment. It's a sleepy place devoid of duty-free stores, musicians in yellow shirts singing "Yellow Bird," and toga parties. Instead of air-conditioning, you get mosquito nets and ceiling fans.
This last frontier of Jamaica will no doubt be invaded by tourism within the next decade or so. But for now it appears, at least in its more remote parts, a sleepy dream from long ago. The South Coast -- Think of this as the undiscovered Jamaica, though the region is beginning to attract more visitors every year; they're drawn by Jamaica's sunniest climate.
Local adventures are plentiful on the South Coast. Among the most popular is a boat tour up the Black River, once a major logging conduit. Another favorite is the trip to the Y. S. Falls, where seven spectacular cascades tumble over rocks in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just north of the town of Middle Quarters.
Treasure Beach is known for its cacti and acacia, endless natural coastlines and miles of sweeping savannas—not it’s white sand beaches or jungle-like rainforests. In fact, rain comes infrequently—if at all—and the farmers and fishers that comprise much of our community understand this rugged environment as if it were a part of themselves.
Treasure Beach also stands out for the notorious warmth of its people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century!)
After just a few strolls down the main drag, you will find that people will call you by your first name. At Jakes we don’t just support the local community, we are simply a part of it.
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