Paradise for Less on Jamaica's Treasured South Coast

Posted June 11, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Jamaica-TreasureBeach-Jakes-DEF The word "Jamaica" conjures images of sandy beaches, tropical drinks, and a hammock with your name on it. Now you can truly get away from it all by traveling to the southeast corner of the island, where you'll find Treasure Beach, with its waterfall adventure, secluded cottages, and fresh seafood.

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YS Falls: Hop aboard a tractor-drawn jitney, where you'll encounter thoroughbred horses en route to YS Falls. Once you arrive at the 120-foot, seven-tiered waterfalls, you're welcome to swim about in the cool water of the pools. A lifeguard is on hand, and you can change privately at the falls. Admission costs $14, and includes the ride. Try to get there early as the falls are a hot spot for tour buses later in the day.

Stay
Jake's Resort in Treasure Beach: Jake's 38 cottages incorporate natural elements of the sea, sky, and garden, while providing the utmost in privacy. Stay in one of the ocean view rooms, and you may have a deck that juts out over the water. The boutique resort offers several reasons to hang out on the grounds, including a games room, an on-site massage therapist, and a Jamaica-influenced restaurant. Rooms are a steal at $95 per night for a garden-view during the off-season, and $115 per night during the high season.

Eat
Little Ochie: Just east of Treasure Beach on Alligator Pond, you'll find Little Ochie, where you dine on thatched-roofed boats on stilts. While you hover above the sand, you can watch fisherman haul in their day's catch from the ocean just steps away. Everything is made-to-order, and you can choose to have your seafood steamed, fried, or just dry. Prices depend on the weight of the item you choose. 

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