Exploring the South Coast of Jamaica

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  • International Travel

  • Jamaica

  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Black Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • Relaxation

  • Local Culture

  • Hidden Gems

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Curator’s statement

Discover the hidden gems of Jamaica's South Coast. Whitehouse, Westmoreland is a small fishing village with amazing views, clear blue waters and foods that will delight your tastebuds. Escape from the hustle of everyday life in your very own piece of paradise. From all-inclusive hotels to fully staffed private villas, the choice is yours.

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Where to stay in Jamaica

Sandals South Coast

All-inclusive, adults-only luxury resort located on private white-sand beaches in Jamaica.

South Coast Villas

Beautiful luxury beachfront and hillside villas on Jamaica's South Coast.

Ivy's Cove

Luxury oceanfront condos on the South Coast of Jamaica.

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Things to do in Jamaica

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Visit Pelican Bar - You truly have to see it to believe it! Pelican Bar is located literally in the Caribbean Sea protected by a reef. The bar is about a 20 min drive from Whitehouse and ten minute boat ride. Once you've arrived you'll experience gorgeous 360 views of the sea and mountains of St. Elizabeth. You can go for a quick dip or bring your snorkeling gear to get a glimpse of the exotic fish that live beneath the bar. Hungry? We've got you covered! Enjoy freshly caught fish or even shark, you'll have to chase it down with an ice cold red stipe of course.

Appleton Rum Tour - For our Rum lovers, Appleton Estate is a great place to learn about the history of rum and how it is made. The tour is very interactive as you get a chance to experience how they turned the rum in the olden days. The best part is the amazing rum punches you get enjoy after the tour is completed. (You can always just skip to this part as well).

YS Falls - One of Jamaicas premier natural attractions. Experience this seven tiered waterfall that turns into a fresh water pool at the end. The lush grounds are perfect for picnics or to just spend time in nature. There is also zip lining available so you can get the most of this beautiful experience. Food and drinks are also sold on property.

Jam West Adventure Tours - Jam West is perfect for the adventurous traveller. They offer horseback riding along the coast, zip lining, ATV's and race car driving. They also include free transportation to and from the villa or hotel.

Black River Safari - For the reptile lovers, Black River's Safari is definitely a must visit. Watch crocodiles in their natural habitat as you cruise through Saint Elizabeths famous "Black River".

Rick's Cafe - Voted one of the world's best bars, Rick's Cafe should definitely be on your radar. The vibes provided by the DJ are always immaculate. Experience, in my opinion one of the most beautiful sunsets from the cliffs of Negril. For my thrill seekers, you can jump from the 40 feet high cliff into the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. (There is also a lower ledge that is about 8 feet above the water)

The Jungle Night Club - For night-life, you'll definitely have to visit The Jungle. This is my personal favorite spot to on Thursdays for ladies night. The music is great and you'll a nice mix of locals and tourist coming together to just have a good time. They also have an amazing restaurants to soak up all of the liquor from the night.

Water Sports on Negril's 7 mile beach - From parasailing, water skiing, paddle boarding, tubing, luxury yachts or just lounging around on the white sand. The choice is yours.

Day Trips

Visit Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios.

Places to eat & drink in Jamaica

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If you're staying at one of the villas the best place you can eat is right at home. Your personal chef will make you whatever your heart desires, from local cuisine to just about anything from around the world. One of my favorite things to do is pick my own fish from the fisherman (who will literally come right up to the shore) and have the chef fry or escovitch (fried and then put in a vinegar and onion sauce) it.

For going out we'd recommend the following:

Luna Sea Inn - If you'd like to try a local dish for breakfast I'd recommend the ackee and sailfish with bammy (cassava) or fried dumplings and callaloo.

For lunch or dinner, you can try fried or curried shrimp or lobster either grilled or fried and put in a sauce of your choice. They also do a pretty good chicken or shrimp alfredo.

You can stop for jerk chicken at "Border Jerk" on your way down from the airport. They also have soup and pork options as well that can be paired with "festival" (similar to a fried dumpling but a little sweeter) or fried green plantains or breadfruit.

For a local favorite, you can visit "Border" (located on the border of Westmoreland and Saint Elizabeth) for fresh fish and bammy.

Blue Ocean offers a live band on the weekend and also do seafood pretty well.

If you're already in Negril you can try Rockhouse, located on the cliffs of Negril. I'd definitely recommend their oxtail patties and pesto pasta. You can also try their sister restaurant located next door called Pushcart.

Skylark is another good option that is located on the seven mile beach. You can request to have your table put directly on the sand accompanied by candles for added ambiance. They specialize in making dishes with coconut involved in some way. Their jerk chicken pasta is amazing!

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