Holding a Vibes in Treasure Beach

After spending a busy Christmas in Negril with Jave’s family for the first week of our trip to Jamaica, we decided to spend some quality alone time for a few nights in Treasure Beach to kick off our road trip around the island.

Treasure Beach is a quiet community in St. Elizabeth, a Jamaican parish known for its farms and beaches. While the roads from Westmoreland (the parish where Negril is located) to St. Elizabeth are in relatively good shape, we found ourselves a bit lost once we reached St. Elizabeth’s capital, Black River. But after stopping a few times to make sure we were still on the right track to Treasure Beach, we finally started seeing signs pointing us to Jack Sprat, a bar in the vicinity of our AirBnB rental.

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The scenery began to change from wide-open farmland to a secluded beach town after driving past a boat-sign officially welcoming us to Treasure Beach.

You'll know you're getting close when you pass this brightly painted "shopping mall"

You’ll know you’re getting close when you pass this brightly colored “shopping mall”

As we drove along the winding road, I began to feel Treasure Beach tugging at my heartstrings and I immediately fell in love with its quiet, low-key vibes.

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Driving past Calabash Bay Beach

Calabash Bay Beach

Calabash Bay Beach

There are several boutique hotels and guesthouses in the area welcoming guests who venture to Treasure Beach for the isolation and quiet it affords. Because the area caters to tourists, there are a fair share of restaurants and cafes, not to mention Dougie’s Bar at the ever popular Jake’s, a rustically luxe hotel that offers beachfront villas. I’ve had my heart set on a stay at Jake’s for awhile now, but they always seem to be booked to capacity.

Our neighborhood corner market

Our neighborhood corner market

An open field for sale across from our rental

An open field for sale across from our rental

Our street

Our street

Our downstairs neighbor's yard...and goat

Our downstairs neighbor’s yard…and goat

The stairs going up to our rental were quite the workout

The stairs going up to our rental were quite the workout

Our uninterrupted balcony view...

Our uninterrupted balcony view…

Our AirBnB rental – which I’ll write more about later – had its perks, but it was also kinda nightmarish. But our neighborhood was absolute perfection for a peaceful getaway. And the view from our balcony was mesmerizing.

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Path leading to our secluded beach

Path leading to our secluded beach

During our stay in Treasure Beach, although we made our way back to Black River one afternoon for a river cruise, we spent the majority of our short two-day stay on a serene beach that we had all to ourselves.

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Jave’s mom warned us to be careful of the strong currents on this side of the island, and she was right – the water was way too rough and choppy to swim in. But we enjoyed each other’s company while sitting in the sand under the shade of an almond tree as we listened to the crashing waves.

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Nights in Treasure Beach are perfect for stargazing. Living in smoggy L.A., I’ve never seen so many stars in my life.

The thatched-roof restaurant near our AirBnB rental

The thatched-roof restaurant near our AirBnB rental

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Although we ate in one night, for dinner on our first night in Treasure Beach, we ate at a thatched-roof neighborhood restaurant owned by the family of the woman who manages the AirBnB we rented named Sarah. We even spent our New Year’s Eve down on the road out front of the restaurant with Sarah and her family playing dominoes and watching them get tipsy; it was pretty funny.

As you can see, I'm dressed to the nines for NYE - lol! No need to get fancy in Treasure Beach.

As you can see, I’m dressed to the nines for NYE – lol! No need to get fancy in Treasure Beach.

But when it was time to count down the final minutes of 2015, we headed back to the magnificent balcony at our rental to watch the fireworks show that was going off at Jack Sprat’s nearby.

Treasure Beach is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and “hold a vibes” (as Jamaicans say), when you need a vacation from your vacation. During our next trip to Jamaica, I’m looking forward to returning to Treasure Beach – hopefully staying at Jake’s the next time around – to soak up more of this beautiful beachside town in the Jamaican countryside.

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Does Treasure Beach look like the kind of place where you’d like to hold a vibes?