Vacation Themes: Beaches: Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica

Port Antonio, on Jamaica’s eastern coast, is snugly located between the Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea. The area is still, thankfully considered relatively virgin territory and Frenchman’s Cove is a perfectly secluded spot that will make you fall in love with the water instantly. One of the most beautiful beaches in The Caribbean, let alone Jamaica this white-sanded shore, set against a magnificent backdrop of exotic tropical gardens and crystal-clear mountain streams, is so idyllic; it’s no wonder it was featured in the major motion pictures Club Paradise and Treasure Island.

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Frenchman’s Cove is tucked between two rocky bluffs and consists of a lagoon which meanders around a bar of sand from one direction while the sea barrels in from the other, pinched between two tiny headlands that are overhung with greenery – giving the beach a luminous green light. Visitors pay a small fee for entry but it is well worth it. You enter through some lush gardens, which then open up into a gorgeous little secluded beach cove. It also has a fresh water river flowing into the beach. Lots of fish in the river, as well as a rope and swing for the kids to play with. There’s also a jerk hut on the beach with drinks and food made to order, as well very clean bathrooms.

There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as the water where the river meets the sea and Frenchman’s Cove is where you’ll find this feeling. It’s combination beauty, tranquility and seclusion makes it a popular destination for weddings, honeymoons, vacations, and retreats.

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There’s also no shortage of activities you can do while on the beach in addition to sailing, water-skiing, wind-surfing, sunbathing and swimming visitors may choose to take a bamboo raft tour and simply make Frenchman’s Cove one of the stops on your adventure. Dining on the beach is also an option, visitors can sample local cuisine and tropical drinks served along the shore by personable and friendly wait staff. Feel free to sip on a tropical rum-spiked drink and escape reality for hours on end.

The best part about this excellent spot is that you need not worry about finding nearby accommodations, there are many within the area, including the Frenchman’s Cove Resort right above the beach. Frenchman’s Cove Resort is a 45–acre private estate with accommodations including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom secluded villas scattered among the cliffs, in a park like setting above the the beach. When in Jamaica if you want a day of complete blissful relaxation this is the place to go!

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