To venture to Jamaica’s south coast would mean traversing “off the beaten track”, a suitable slogan for the peaceful and naturalistic part of the island. This resort area differs significantly from the north coast and its skyscraper resorts, nightlife, and sandy beaches. The South Coast, which comprises the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Clarendon, Manchester, and parts of Westmoreland is known for eco-tourism and its rural small-town appeal.
This tranquil part of the island is made up primarily of guesthouses and boutique villas, with most of the accommodations situated in the popular seaside community of Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth. Dubbed “the home of community tourism” and Jamaica’s “breadbasket” the tight knit farming community is best suited for visitors who wish to bask in the meditative sea air, indulge in organic local foods and experience rural Jamaica as locals do.
Despite the main feature being a quiet getaway, there are noteworthy attractions and places of interest on this side of the island. Attractions such as Lovers Leap provides insight into the country’s history, being the site for the highest lighthouse in the western hemisphere. The south coast is also known for its healing mineral bath, a popular rum tour and tasting, glowing black sand beaches as well as tours on the Black River, the island’s longest navigable river.