Jakes Hotel Villas and Spa

Jamaica, Treasure Beach


Jakes is about 2.5 hours from Montego Bay airport and 3 hours from Kingston airport. Jakes can arrange for a taxi driver to pick you from either airport.

Compared to the rest of lush, palm-tree, picture postcard Jamaica, Treasure Beach is decidedly different, a one-of-a-kind gem of a spot. Veering wildly from the topographical norm, it’s quite a bit more rough-hewn—mainly because it gets very little rainfall. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountain and the cascading Pedro Plains, this retreat on the south coast of the country is known for its cacti and acacia, endless natural coastlines and miles of sweeping savannas. No wonder it’s such a magnet for nature-lovers…

History buffs dig Treasure Beach in a big way too. Most of the locals can trace their ancestry back to Scottish sailors who were shipwrecked here in the 19th century. Over time, the south coast acquired its own distinct look, characterized by the straw-colored landscape, but also by the quaint, colourful fishing boats that line the docks and the broad smiles of the people of St. Bess, as the parish of St. Elizabeth is affectionately known. Not only is this a bird-watcher’s paradise, but there is school upon school of exotic tropical fish.

At Jakes, on Treasure Beach Jamaica, you can do any of the following:

  • Walking and cycling
  • Boating and fishing
  • Cookery lessons
  • Painting lessons
  • Mosaic tile workshop

Tours include:

  • Black River Safari
  • YS Falls - 1200-foot, eight tiered waterfalls, perfect for swimming
  • Milk River via Alligator Pond - an incredible paradise for birds, blue crabs, African perch and tropical fish - Jamaica's last refuge for the endangered manatees.
  • The Pelican Bar - 3/4 of a mile out to sea you'll find the Pelican Bar erected on a shoal. Getting there is an adventure all of its own.