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South Coast

With pristine beaches and fewer crowds, South Coast offers an untouched piece of Jamaica that is delightfully off the beaten path.

Located three hours from Montego Bay’s airport, South Coast is quite removed from the touristy hub towns of the island, yet its quiet and historical presence can’t be overlooked. With no shortage of seaside ambience spanning three parishes — Westmoreland,
St. Elizabeth and Manchester — there are many vast stretches of beach that are completely isolated. It’s the perfect destination for those seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

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The beaches are the perfect place to start exploring South Coast’s exciting shoreline. Characterised by rocky coves, black-sand beaches and secluded swimming spots, Treasure Beach is just that. This six-mile stretch of beach features both white and black sand (the black is due to traces of iron in the sand) and is known for its four bays: Billy’s, Calabash, Fort Charles Great and Frenchman’s Bay.

Fonthill Beach Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is another natural refuge. Though realatively small, the park is well organised, offering visitors a number of amenities, including a roped-off swimming area, showers, changing facilities, restrooms, picnic tables and lifeguards. It is part of the larger wildlife sanctuary, which is home to about 200 crocodiles and an array of wading birds. In addition, the sanctuary serves as the nesting grounds for hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles and countless migratory birds.

YS Falls is one of the island’s most magnificent waterfalls. This seven-tiered waterfall, with vast wading pool fed by underground springs, offers a diverse selection of activities, from a canopy zip line to refreshing natural spring pools and acres of tropical gardens.

Black River is also a quintessential stop in the South Coast tour. The second longest river in Jamaica (after the River Minho), it gets its name because of the dark riverbed below that consists of decomposing vegetation. Now, it is the launching point for an exciting river tour, which takes you on a journey through Jamaica’s morass landscape. The Morass is home to saltwater crocodiles as well as birds, including egrets and herons.

Visit Lover’s Leap, which was named after a pair of slaves who were so in love that rather than be separated chose to leap to their deaths. This spot is surrounded by breathtaking vistas of Cutlass Bay and the Caribbean Sea. A wooden carving of the two lovers stands vigil over the 1,700-foot cliff. Nearby, Lover’s Leap Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere.

 

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