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Treasure Beach is one of the hippest and coolest places in Jamaica. Untouched an with the friendliest real people that you could ever meet. It is the perfect place for the adventurer and people who want to explore on their own or just chill out and take in the great vibe. Dare it !

Pon de Rock is situated directly by the Caribbean ocean, half-way between Treasure Beach and Fort Charles, another small community. The town Black River is not far from here.Treasure Beach is in the Parish St. Elizabeth on the south coast of Jamaica, which is well known for their hardworking people.

With a stay at Treasure Beach you will be treated to a colorful display of butterflies, birds and beautiful wildlife, everything from hummingbirds to parakeets, green lizzards, doves and pelicans.You will watch dolphins, colourful fish when snorkelling and if it is the right time of year, you might even see turtles at the beach and fireflies at night.

Watch out when you're driving and remember that in Treasure Beach, cows and goats always have the right of way.

However, the natural beauty of Treasure Beach is only half its magic. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the rich culture and easy-paced lifestyle where fishing is still as important as it was half a century ago.

Every day, you can watch fishermen preparing their boats for a journey to sea where they land their catch. Early in the mornings, look for the boats coming in. You're welcome to walk over to see the boats unloading a colorful array of fish and lobster and it might be possible for you, to buy from them.

Treasure Beach is a relatively new name. In the 1930s, a Canadian built a hotel called "The Treasure Beach Hotel". Soon after, the name took hold for the whole area.

The first inhabitants of the area and Jamaica were the Tainos, previously called the Arawak Indians. These people, known for their grass skirts, are displayed on Jamaica's crest, coins and bank notes. The tribe lived peacefully by their fishing and hunting skills. "Hammock," "tobacco," and "canoe" are some of the few words that survived from this time. These people were of small stature and fair skinned. They became victims of the genocide by the Spanish.

Christopher Columbus reached Jamaica in 1494 on the second of his three voyages . He would have come ashore at St. Ann´s Bay and declared Jamaica a Spanish posession.

Pirates found their way to Treasure Beach. One of the more notorious, William Rackham, made Pedro (the original name for this area) his headquarters. He would sail out, scuttle and plunder passing ships. Eventually, he was caught and hanged on a little cay, called Rackham Cay. His name survives in Billy's Bay, a small fishing village located two miles down the road.

Just past Billy's Bay, English soldiers in the 17th century built a lookout at Starve Gut Bay and changed the name to Fort Charles. The soldiers never left. Their legacy remains in the fair skin and blue or green eyes of the Treasure Beach people.

 

 

 

 
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