Treasure Beach & Lovers Leap ᛫ January 28 – 29, 2018

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My main objective for the week I could take off work and travel was to visit Jamaica’s capital. In addition, I had heard from many people since I arrived in Negril that Treasure Beach was supposed to be really nice, so I decided to stop by there on my way to Kingston. I looked up online how I could get there cheaply and found out that I had to take three different route taxis (each going only part of the way).

Turquoise ocean at Treasure Beach in Jamaica

Treasure Beach is a nice small beach with not many people on it. Especially compared to Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, it was very chilled because nobody came to talk and sell something to me.

When I took a taxi from the hotel in Negril to the station to catch the taxi to the first city, the driver told me that I wouldn’t make to Treasure Beach. Since it was Sunday, there wouldn’t be any taxis. He offered to take me all the way for a “very good” price of US$60. That was way too much for me and I didn’t fully believe him anyway.

Let the Trip Begin

Finding the first taxi to Savanna la Mar for J$200 (1.3€/US$1.6) was no problem. From there I took another one for the same price to White House and then one more to Black River. There, I ended up being stuck for a while. The locals told me that there were absolutely no route taxis to Treasure Beach on that day.

Somebody felt bad for me and called a friend with a car. After discussing the price for a couple of minutes, I gave in to pay J$1500 (10€/US$12) because I felt like I didn’t really have any other choice. It was a 40-minute drive and luckily the guy was really friendly. In the end, I paid a total of J$2100 (14€/US$17) and went in four different cars, which was more than my internet research had said but not too bad for a Sunday I guess. 😉

Finally at the Beach

Treasure Beach was a nice small beach with not many people on it. Especially compared to Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, it was very chilled because nobody came to talk and sell something to me. I found a good secluded spot where I could put my bags in the shade and hang out. After I enjoyed sunbathing and hopping in the water, I did some workout. For the sunset I went to a cute restaurant, enjoying dinner and ginger beer with an amazing view.

Red and orange sunset sky over Treasure Beach, Jamaica

The sunset turned the clouds and water at Treasure Beach into stunning colors.

Since I didn’t have a lot of time to plan my trip, I hadn’t found any couchsurfers or an affordable accommodation in Treasure Beach. Instead, I had booked an Airbnb place in the nearby town of Southfield because there was another nice place I could visit the following day. I couldn’t find any taxis to take me there though. Fortunately, my Airbnb host agreed to pick me up. While I was waiting for him on the street, I was actually offered several cheap accommodations in Treasure Beach. But I had already paid for the place in Southfield so I didn’t stay.

Lovers Leap

My host was very kind and his house nice. It was already kind of late when we arrived and it had been a long day, so I just went to sleep. The next day, I went to visit the attraction Lovers Leap which was within walking distance of the house. It was a little disappointing though. I had googled it before booking the Airbnb and there were many pictures of a beautiful waterfall. But when I arrived there was no waterfall to be found. I was told that the pictures of the waterfall were put online to attract more visitors.

Lovers Leap was actually a site on 518m (1700ft) high cliffs with a panoramic view of the ocean. It got its name from a tragic incident that happened in Southfield in the 17th century. A slave couple jumped from the cliffs and died. They wanted to avoid getting separated by their master who liked the girl and wanted her for himself.

The site costs a small entrance fee and had a restaurant where I ate some lunch overlooking the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. Afterward, I walked back to the house and got my bags. Then went to a place on the street where I could catch the first taxi Kingston bound.

My main objective for the week I could take off work and travel was to visit Jamaica’s capital. In addition, I had heard from many people since I arrived in Negril that Treasure Beach was supposed to be really nice, so I decided to stop by there on my way to Kingston. I looked up online how I could get there cheaply and found out that I had to take three different route taxis (each going only part of the way).

Turquoise ocean at Treasure Beach in Jamaica

Treasure Beach is a nice small beach with not many people on it. Especially compared to Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, it was very chilled because nobody came to talk and sell something to me.

When I took a taxi from the hotel in Negril to the station to catch the taxi to the first city, the driver told me that I wouldn’t make to Treasure Beach. Since it was Sunday, there wouldn’t be any taxis. He offered to take me all the way for a “very good” price of US$60. That was way too much for me and I didn’t fully believe him anyway.

Let the Trip Begin

Finding the first taxi to Savanna la Mar for J$200 (1.3€/US$1.6) was no problem. From there I took another one for the same price to White House and then one more to Black River. There, I ended up being stuck for a while. The locals told me that there were absolutely no route taxis to Treasure Beach on that day.

Blonde rasta girl at Treasure Beach, Jamaica

I spent a nice day at Treasure Beach, which is located on Jamaica’s south coast, sunbathing, working out and eating good food.

Somebody felt bad for me and called a friend with a car. After discussing the price for a couple of minutes, I gave in to pay J$1500 (10€/US$12) because I felt like I didn’t really have any other choice. It was a 40-minute drive and luckily the guy was really friendly. In the end, I paid a total of J$2100 (14€/US$17) and went in four different cars, which was more than my internet research had said but not too bad for a Sunday I guess. 😉

Finally at the Beach

Treasure Beach was a nice small beach with not many people on it. Especially compared to Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, it was very chilled because nobody came to talk and sell something to me. I found a good secluded spot where I could put my bags in the shade and hang out. After I enjoyed sunbathing and hopping in the water, I did some workout. For the sunset I went to a cute restaurant, enjoying dinner and ginger beer with an amazing view.

Red and orange sunset sky over Treasure Beach, Jamaica

The sunset turned the clouds and water at Treasure Beach into stunning colors.

Since I didn’t have a lot of time to plan my trip, I hadn’t found any couchsurfers or an affordable accommodation in Treasure Beach. Instead, I had booked an Airbnb place in the nearby town of Southfield because there was another nice place I could visit the following day. I couldn’t find any taxis to take me there though. Fortunately, my Airbnb host agreed to pick me up. While I was waiting for him on the street, I was actually offered several cheap accommodations in Treasure Beach. But I had already paid for the place in Southfield so I didn’t stay.

Lovers Leap

My host was very kind and his house nice. It was already kind of late when we arrived and it had been a long day, so I just went to sleep. The next day, I went to visit the attraction Lovers Leap which was within walking distance of the house. It was a little disappointing though. I had googled it before booking the Airbnb and there were many pictures of a beautiful waterfall. But when I arrived there was no waterfall to be found. I was told that the pictures of the waterfall were put online to attract more visitors.

Site on cliffs from where the lovers jumped off cliffs to death and reason for name Lovers Leap, Jamaica

The tragic story behind the name Lovers Leap: The two round logs on the left mark the spot from where a young slave couple jumped down the cliffs in the 17th century. They died in order to avoid getting separated by their owner who liked the girl and wanted her for himself.

Lovers Leap was actually a site on 518m (1700ft) high cliffs with a panoramic view of the ocean. It got its name from a tragic incident that happened in Southfield in the 17th century. A slave couple jumped from the cliffs and died. They wanted to avoid getting separated by their master who liked the girl and wanted her for himself.

The site costs a small entrance fee and had a restaurant where I ate some lunch overlooking the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. Afterward, I walked back to the house and got my bags. Then went to a place on the street where I could catch the first taxi Kingston bound.

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