Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, on Jamaica’s breathtaking south coast is the collective name given to the five bays stretching over several miles of coastline. These are Fort Charles (the name locals have given to the formally named Starve Gut Bay) located furthest west, Billy’s Bay, Frenchman’s Bay, Calabash Bay, and the Great Pedro Bay, more commonly referred to as Great Bay. The Great Bay is located on the most easterly section of Treasure Beach, a short drive from Two Seasons Guest House (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com), a welcoming bed and breakfast that is the perfect base from which you and yours can explore Treasure Beach and the wider south coast, including St. Elizabeth’s capital, Black River.
At Great Bay, the clear blue-green Caribbean Sea is calm and tranquil, perfect for swimming or just floating around and relaxing. The canoes on the shore are a testament to how the locals make their living.
On the beach there are thatch roofed huts offering respite from the sun, and a cook shop and bar where you can satisfy your hunger and thirst. For the more adventurous, there is a trail which is said to lead from Great Bay to Lovers Leap and as far as the Little Ochi, on the border between the parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth.