Summer is here!!! If you are anything like me, you are looking for things to do with your family and I wanted to share with you a place that is VERY dear to my heart, Treasure Beach! As many of you know, I’ve owned a sweet little villa in Treasure Beach for the last 10 years, called Shakti Home. It was just a basic, little 2 bedroom house on the beach but when I saw it, I fell in LOVE! Over the years we have put so much love and work into it and have created a very special place for others to enjoy. Just have a look at some of the reviews we get from guests who stay there….it is truly a magical spot. But its not just Shakti Home that is special, it is the wonderful community of Treasure Beach that fills our heart and soul. Treasure Beach is where we go to as a family to be together, to feel the sand between our toes and give thanks for life and all its blessings. For us, Treasure Beach is the an amazing community of people that represent the very best of Jamaica. People who respect each other, who care for the earth and who believe strongly in preserving the beauty and vibe of this very special place. I was there last weekend and was inspired to share this blog of my 10 Favorite Family things to do in Treasure Beach. I hope that you make time to take a trip there this Summer!
So much love,
If you want the ultimate boat trip to remember, then Captain Dennis’s Adventure Tours is voted one of the best things to do in Treasure beach – not to be missed! Captain Dennis so knowledgeable about Treasure Beach, its people and its history. You will get to see the gorgeous coast line from his decked out Canoe and get up close and personal with local wildlife like swimming with the dolphins, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the pelicans nesting, and see crocodiles in their natural habitat – how cool is that?! Most of all, Captains Food is INCREDIBLE!! After a stop at the famous Pelican Bar, he will cook up crab and lobster on a beach only accessible by boat for you that you will never forget – it’s my kids absolute favorite thing to do when we go to TB!!
No visit to St. Elizabeth, Jamaica would be complete without doing some tours like the Black River Safari & Pelican Bar Boat Tour! You’ll begin your adventure right from the beach at Shakti Home and be taken to marvel over the stunning scenery, get some great photo opps of the scene and wildlife to take your memories home. I know that seeing young crocodiles being fed by your fearless tour guides, majestic mature crocodiles swimming around the boat, and others wandering freely around the edges of the river will just totally make your holiday. You’ll never forget the unique experience of a jungle river trip! With knowledgeable and friendly guides who have lots of experience in leading boat trips, no one trip will ever be the same experience – so you might want to go twice!
Way Back When Black River Tour
From merchants to mistresses, soldiers to slaves, Jamaica’s colourful history is laid bare in The Way Back When Black River Tour. Take a walk back in time to see, taste, and experience Black River’s history. This one is one to love!
For the trip of a lifetime, don’t miss out on the YS Waterfalls tour, which starts along the foot of the Santa Cruz mountains through a 3 mile stretch of giant bamboos bordered by stunning orange groves and sugarcane fields. Take a refreshing swim in the Falls and basque in the lush surroundings.
Better Than A Bonfire
If you love wildlife and sea turtles in particular, you’ll love the Better than a Bonfire tour! See how these beautiful sea turtles are protected during the hatching season up close and personal. It’s an epic experience that you’ll never forget!
If you or your family love art and being creative as much as my family does, then mosaics with Ronda is the perfect way to spend your day. Ronda Darlyn is the resident mosaic artiste at Jakes hotel, and really knows her stuff! You’ll learn about tiles, how to cut them, the different surfaces that can be mosaiced and the most appropriate adhesives. My kids and I love being able to be creative with the things around me, so picking a project with Ronda using everything from mirrors, trays, or picture frames was super fun! And the best part – you’ll have your own little treasure to take home from Treasure Beach! You can give Ronda a call to book at (876) 425-1670.
You know I could not to a great things to do list and not include YOGA!! Just off the beaten track in a quiet and tranquil area, you’ll find Jakes hotel. Yoga classes at Jakes is a great way to get your holiday off to a relaxing start to help you sleep and unwind after your long journey. Recharge your batteries and stretch your aching muscles with resident expert yoga teachers. Practice your new-found yoga techniques around the beautiful venues of Jakes hotel, on the beach overlooking the water, and as the sun sets over the bay. You will be completely spoiled by the perfect ocean sunsets and private decks to enjoy your practice.
You’re bound to work up an appetite walking on the beautiful sands of Treasure Beach. There are so many great options to get great local food in Treasure beach – especially sea food!! First, dine at Jack Sprat – you’ll love the local fish and traditional cassava bread (we call them bammies), fresh pancakes, cream, fruit, and more!
Eat till your heart’s content and enjoy the lovely surroundings and great company of Smurfs Cafe, where you can get some of old time coffee from Darn hand roasted over an open fire.
If you love your veggies, you must try Gee Whiz, the award winning vegetarian restaurant with superb tasty vegetarian food.
Don’t leave Treasure Beach without diving into Delvin’s famous jerk chicken and pork but remember it’s only available on Saturdays! You’ll be looked after by friendly and hospitable staff who’ll make you feel so welcome you’ll never want to leave.
And if you stay at Shakti Home, I can tell you that our cook, Miss Audrey is the best of the best!!!
Now, that’s what I call a complete food experience!
The Treasure Beach Sports Park, is located on the Jamaica southern coast of treasure island. With a goal of becoming the leading sports academy of the island, the sports park is a go to venue for a variety of top sports. Check out this amazing video!
The park has a picturesque 21 acres of sports land, with 3 football pitches, a top-quality cricket oval, Gatorade fitness trail and pavilion as well as netball, tennis, and kids play area as well as quality bathroom and changing facilities. Whatever sports or athletics you want to see or take part in, the sports park is the perfect place to play in and get some exercise!
If you’re looking for a uniquely Jamaican gift to bring home or remind you of your time at Treasure Beach, then shop at Callaloo. With beautiful Jamaican prints and sumptuous beauty products made with local ingredients, you’ll find something for everyone. If you’re looking for handmade textiles, fashion or furnishings by local designers, or unique local potter, then you’ll find your own treasure here at Treasure Beach.
Get yourself out on foot or in the saddle of a mountain bike and see what views and wildlife you can find off the beaten track. Get ready to discover the real Jamaica. Walk, bike and swim in freedom – you are safe here. Treasure Beach is a community based environment with conscious people and lots of low-key fun awaiting you. Grab a few cold beers with some great picnic food and hit the trails round treasure beach – you won’t be disappointed.
Bring a guide to help you get the most out of the waterfalls, great jungle wildlife and vegetation. Bike or hike for some of the best views of the local countryside and find your way to laid back living. Explore the local villages along the length of the beach and try some local food and drinks to refresh you while you travel.
Everyone loves a love story, right? Have you heard the legendary story about Lover’s Leap? Star-crossed lovers who were enslaved on the island met secretly at the Yardley chase plantation. The plantation owner wanted the female slave for himself and the lovers decided they would rather die than be separated, and tragically leaped off the cliff edge to their death!
Experience the complete Lover’s Leap tour of the legendary location. With a sheer 1700 foot drop to the ocean on the east side of Treasure Beach, Lover’s Leap is, as its name suggests – spectacular. Just stay clear of the edge!
Last, but certainly not least, is my beloved om away from home – my beach house, Shakti Home! It really is the beach house you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’re on honeymoon, a romantic getaway or just want a relaxing vacation, Shakti Home really is the perfect retreat.
Enjoy 360-degree views of Treasure Beach, soak in the sun, snooze in a hammock or read a book whilst enjoying the beautiful ocean views. You’ll love swimming in the cove our amazing new plunge pool. Fill up on Miss Audrey’s amazing freshly prepared meals each day – you’ll never want to leave!
Shakti Home has 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6 comfortably. Sitting right on one of the safest and most serence swimming coves in Treasure Beach, its beautifully furnished with a super king-sized beds, walls studded with conch shells and a shaded treehouse deck, this is the ultimate in relaxation and private luxury.
Take advantage of our limited summer special before we’re all booked out!
So, that’s my list. There is tons more on my website at shaktihomeja.com.
I hope you will be able to experience even one of the many wonderful things to do in Treasure Beach this summer with your family, and all year long!