Things To Do And See in Treasure BeachPublished Feb 28, 2008
Appleton Rum Factory
No trip to Jamaica is complete until you’ve experienced the legendary island rum. Since 1749, Appleton Rum Factory has been producing award-winning, exotic rums. Experience a tour of the fascinating manufacturing and bottling traditions, and then you will be treated to cane juice, 'high wine', and, of course, all of their many delicious flavors of rum.
Cost: US$12 / person
Duration: 75 min.
Hour of Operation: Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.
Bamboo Avenue, a serene and beautiful two and a half mile stretch of bamboo trees which arch to form a natural tunnel, is one of the most photographed places in Jamaica. Planted in the early 1900's, this peaceful shady lane serves as a favorite attraction due to the relaxing hiking and the smiling peanut and coconut vendors. Sip on a cool coconut water while snapping a few pictures of this famous path.
Dolphins splashing in the crystal blue water, cranes gliding down to rest on the sea, gently floating hyacinth, local fishermen gathering shrimp and crab traps, brightly colored tropical birds and lazy crocodiles stretched out in the sun are just a few of the remarkable sights you’ll experience on the Black River Boat Tour, which takes you on a leisurely tour of Jamaica’s longest river and the scenic Black River Coast.
Or for a change of pace, hop on the Sunny Island Boat Tour, where you can enjoy the dramatic skyline of the rocky cliffs past Pedro’s Bluff and along Lover’s Leap, where the Santa Cruz mountains plunge into the sea, and legend has it that two slave lovers leapt to their deaths together to avoid being separated at all costs. When you reach the paradise of Sunny Island, enjoy swimming and snorkeling by the colorful coral reef. Later, indulge in a fabulous dinner at the beach at Alligator Pond, followed by an unforgettable star-gazing trip on your way back over the water.
Tour Company: Fi Reel Tours
Cost: Cost varies with captain and number of people
Duration:: Approx 3 hours
Bob Marley's Birthplace
Pay homage to the King of Reggae, musical legend Bob Marley, by visiting his birthplace and taking a tour led by a Rastafarian, who will tell you everything you could ever hope to know about this Reggae idol, his music, and his philosophy. Tucked away high in the mountains in the village of Nine Mile, you’ll also enjoy quaint views of banana, yam, and sugar cane farms. Before you leave, enjoy unique Jamaican cuisine at the vegetarian snack bar and bring home a souvenir for the music lover in your life from the Bob Marley gift shop.
Cost: US$12 / person
Duration: 2.5 hours
*Proceeds aid the Nine Mile community
Coffee Factory Tour
Nothing beats the smell (and taste!) of fresh roasted coffee, which you can savor as you learn all about the famous beans at the Jamaica Standard Products Company Factory, where you can take a tour of the roasting, grinding, and vacuum packing processes of their three delicious blends: Blue Mountain, Baronhall Estate and High Mountain Coffee. Complimentary fresh brewed coffee is served during the tour and all brands are available for guests to purchase.
Duration: 80 min.
By appointment only, M-F
Golfing in Mandeville
The Manchester Golf Club, situated in the impressive Don Figuerero Mountains, boasts the title of oldest golf club in the Western Hemisphere. Established in the1860’s, the Manchester course offers a challenging nine hole, 18 tee course which stretches nearly six thousand yards of lush greenery. The Greens fee is JA $750 for nine or eighteen holes, and caddies can be hired for JA $500 for eighteen holes.
Cost: JA$750 / round
Duration: 1 hour
JA$500 for caddy.
Closed on Good Friday
Get away from it all by diving into a 20 foot swimming hole in this secluded river, whose waters are said to be medicinal. Enjoy snorkeling with colorful fish and aqua-life in the sparkling turquoise river or take a quiet stroll among the unspoiled scenery of the beach where river meets the sea. However, visit on a weekend or holiday to witness this quiet spot come alive with the locals who perform pulsing reggae music and feast on delicious fish all through the night.
Cost: Min to TB
Privately owned and very remote
Hike and Bike
Take a famous hike or bike your way through one of these winding paths that twists through meadows and hugs the coast for an amazing natural adventure. Take your pick of flat or hilly terrain, and enjoy encounters with locals and pit stops at rum bars to quench your thirst along your way.
Cost : Free or you can hire a guide
Notes: Bring water and wear helmets
Milk River Bath
Suffer from arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, gout, sciatic nerve, lumbago, or nervous conditions? Milk River Bath is the place for you. The highest radioactive mineral bath in the world, Milk River Baths claims to provide temporary relief for all of the preceding conditions. Some say that taking a drink of the water will enhance the healing powers. Up to four people can enjoy a 30 minute bath in a private room. A quaint hotel is located on the property, and a restaurant and masseuse are available for your enjoyment. This attraction is a local’s favorite hangout spot and fills up fast on weekends and holidays.
Cost: JA$200 / person / 30 min.90
Open every day
Treat yourself to heaven in paradise by indulging in a massage and an herbal steam bath in a tropical spa where therapists will pamper you and serve you icy cold beverages like the Jamaican beer, Red Stripe. Relax, be taken away!
Joshua's Stress Release Therapeutics
Shirley's Steam Bath and Massage
Cost: Varies. Ask on arrival
Note: One day advanced notice preferred
Swim and Snorkel
Treasure Beach, the aptly named, serene group of public beaches and small coves, provides crystal-blue, bath temperature water just perfect for swimming, body, surfing, and snorkeling. To enjoy the tropical fish and colorful corals, make sure to have your own equipment handy if your accommodations don’t supply them.
Cost: Free or Hire a guide *Note: Weather permitting
This waterfall, consisting of eight cascades falling 120 feet, is one of the most beautiful and well-kept attractions in Jamaica. The Browne family, proud owners for over 110 years, has recently won an environmental award for their efforts. Tour the fields of Guango, Cotton, Quickstick and Cedar trees where you’re likely to see thoroughbred racehorses speeding through the fields and Jamaican Red Poll cattle grazing. When the ride ends, daring guests will splurge onto the Tarzan-style rope swing; while others will enjoy the calm pools for swimming and the quiet picnic areas.
For only $6.00 US more, you can go on an exciting 45 minute tubing excursion down the YS River.
US$12 / person
Duration: 45 minutes
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
The legend of Lovers Leap tells the romantic tale of two tragic slaves in love, who to prevent separation from each other, jumped together from a 1700' cliff.
Experience the spectacular view of the coastline stretching from Rocky Point, Clarendon to Pedro Bluff, Treasure Beach, as you are told the story in its entirety by a knowledgeable tour guide. After story time has ended, check out the Toby Bar to enjoy “Lover’s Punch” with your main squeeze.
Make sure to save room to dine at the exclusive Chardley Restaurant after taking a tour of the collection of local Cacti in our Cactus Garden, chatting with the friendly farming guides, and browsing our museum.
Children are welcome—play and garden areas will keep them occupied for hours!
Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday thru Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cashoo Ostrich Park
Nature or animal lover? Look no further; this is the place for you! Take the ostrich tour, picnic by the river, or enjoy a lazy fishing excursion. For the kids, enjoy a trip to the petting zoo, or allow them to play in the kids’ play areas.
Phone: +1 876 966 2222
Fax: +1 876 634 0954
Hours of Operation: 10a-5:30p Sat & Sun
Open on public holidays.
House of Treasures Here you’ll find homemade calabash crafts, hand woven baskets, and other fantastic items for sale by the Treasure Beach Women’s Group to help you remember your time at Treasure Beach. The women’s group requests that you bring your 'white elephant' items for their Annual Yard Sale if you’ll be visiting on August 2
Location: Calabash Bay
Joshua's Massage & Bodywork Joshua Lee Stein, a local massage and body work therapist who has been active in the holistic health field since 1984, wants to relieve you of your stresses with several massage and bodywork therapies which blend deep and light pressure, gentle movement, sensitive touch, and energetic awareness to leave you completely relaxed. Perhaps the best part? Joshua will deliver a massage to your door!
Phone: 876-965-0583 or 876-389-3698 (cell). Price: US$70 - US$100
Shirley's Steam Bath Shirley’s spa, located in the paradise that is Ital Rest Cottages in Great Bay, boasts a signature Herbal Steam Bath that’s made her treatments the most desired around.
Phone: 876-367-9961 Price: US$60 - US$80 Location: Great Bay
South Coast Boat Tours Led by Dennis Abrahams and Bernard Sutherland. Fishermen from Treasure Beach who have been working the South Coast for over 15 years will take you on a tour on their fiberglass / wood boats to a variety of must-see destinations such as Pelican Bar or Black River. They enjoy providing private beach parties for their guests, and look forward to meeting you!
Phone: 876-965-0126 Price:$75 US and up
Location: Frenchmans Beach
A fully licensed tour operator, Treasure Tours has been in business since 1993 providing quality airport transfers and tours. They’ll also book your accommodations for you.
Viking's Gear Rental and Tours Viking’s House offers accommodations, high quality rental gear, and Adventure Tours of Treasure Beach. Guests receive ten percent discounts off rental gear.
Phone: 876-965-3110 or 876-430-6983
Location: Great Bay
Fi Reel Fishing Tours
Captain Paolo will take you aboard the "Fi Reel" deep sea fishing boat, fully licensed and insured. No trip to Treasure Beach is complete until you’ve caught a big one!
Price: US$400/half-day (4 hours)
Location: Treasure Beach
Other attractions within a 30 mile radius of Treasure Beach:
- The Black River Safari- a 1 hour boat ride up the Black River.
- Holland Bamboo-5 miles of road covered with huge Bamboo Trees
- Tomb Stone – If you blink, you will pass it. There are two tombs of two English soldiers that died in battle. One of the men was a relative of the late Princess Diana.
- Munro Boy’s College – a very old boy’s school that was build over 150 years ago and is still one on the better schools in Jamaica.
- Hampton Girls’ School is the sister school to Munro.
- To get to the other attractions, you go east through Alligator Pond - to Alligator Hole – They have crocodiles and manatees. You can take a short ride in a small boat down the river and see the manatees.
- The Cockpit Country
- Maroon Town