The south coast of Jamaica is the hidden side of the island, far from the tourist crowds yet filled with adventure, beauty and beaches that will melt your heart. The south coast of Jamaica is lined by glorious beaches, wonderfully traditional fishing villages and holiday villas that date back centuries. The unspoilt nature, stunning landscapes and absolute peace you shall encounter from a holiday rental villa on the South Coast of Jamaica will make you fall in love with this region of Jamaica, and have you returning year after year.
The secluded beaches of the south coast of Jamaica are a real treat. You will have many miles of golden sand to yourself, blessed by the sunniest climate in Jamaica. The beaches remain wonderfully peaceful throughout the day, springing into life in the evening when fishermen return to sell their days’ catch. The beach of Bluefield’s Bay stretches 6km, broken into a string of small, secluded beaches by mangrove outcrops, providing visitors with an exceptional choice of spots on which to lay their towel. The beach is perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and during May and June, you can pick fresh mangoes straight from the trees. Behind the beach, jerk fish, Red Stripe and fresh fruit can be bought.
If you can bear to drag yourself from the beach, there is plenty worth exploring inland. The large cattle station at Paradise Park offers horses for hire, as well as guided rides and lessons. The Font Hill Wildlife Sanctuary is home to an amazing variety of birds including heron, egrets and blue winged teal. For those with an interest in rum, (if you don’t before you arrive at a Jamaican villa, you certainly will by the time you leave!), the Appleton Rum Estate offers excellent tours.
There river networks on the south coast of Jamaica offer a huge amount of entertainment. Trips along the Black River are great fun, especially if you find any fresh water crocodiles which live in the river. Trips along the Black River take visitors into the freshwater swamps of Jamaica, where white heron, manatee and crocodiles can be seen. The Y.S. Falls are the most spectacular in Jamaica, and well worth exploring from any Jamaican accommodation on the south coast.
When the sun sets, the south coast of Jamaica is an excellent place to eat. The seafood is magnificent, especially the spicy peppered shrimp and the irresistible lobster dishes. Those who would prefer to try their hand at cooking Jamaican style seafood from the comfort of their own self catering Jamaica accommodation will have plenty of opportunity. Local fishermen sell their daily catches at colourful market stalls all along the coastline, at fantastically low prices, and you shall never want for advice on the methods used to get full flavour from their catch.
The town of Mandeville is the principle town of Manchester parish. Located in the mountains, Mandeville is a wonderfully refreshing place to visit on Jamaica’s south coast, and an ideal base for walking, horse riding and golf holidays. There is an amazingly English atmosphere to Mandeville, with some beautifully quaint villas and holiday homes to rent.
There are two international airports in Jamaica, Sangster International and the Norman Manly International Airport (KIN), both receiving direct flights from the UK. The Sangster International Airport (MBJ) near Montego Bay, is the busier of the two, receiving flights from London, Manchester (MAN) and Birmingham (BHX) on Thomas Cook Airlines and ThomsonFly. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both offer flights fromLondonto Norman Manley Airport too.