a stay at Treasure Beach you will be treated to a colorful
display of butterflies, birds and beautiful wildlife, everything
from hummingbirds to parakeets, green lizzards, doves and
pelicans.You will watch dolphins, colourful fish when snorkelling
and if it is the right time of year, you might even see turtles
at the beach and fireflies at night.
Watch out when you're driving and remember that in Treasure
Beach, cows and goats always have the right of way.
the natural beauty of Treasure Beach is only half its magic.
You'll have the opportunity to learn about the rich culture
and easy-paced lifestyle where fishing is still as important
as it was half a century ago.
day, you can watch fishermen preparing their boats for a journey
to sea where they land their catch. Early in the mornings,
look for the boats coming in. You're welcome to walk over
to see the boats unloading a colorful array of fish and lobster
and it might be possible for you, to buy from them.
Beach is a relatively new name. In the 1930s, a Canadian built
a hotel called "The Treasure Beach Hotel". Soon
after, the name took hold for the whole area.
first inhabitants of the area and Jamaica were the Tainos,
previously called the Arawak Indians. These people, known
for their grass skirts, are displayed on Jamaica's crest,
coins and bank notes. The tribe lived peacefully by their
fishing and hunting skills. "Hammock," "tobacco,"
and "canoe" are some of the few words that survived
from this time. These people were of small stature and fair
skinned. They became victims of the genocide by the Spanish.
Columbus reached Jamaica in 1494 on the second of his
three voyages . He would have come ashore at St. Ann´s
Bay and declared Jamaica a Spanish posession.
Pirates found their way to Treasure Beach. One of the
more notorious, William Rackham, made Pedro (the original
name for this area) his headquarters. He would sail
out, scuttle and plunder passing ships. Eventually,
he was caught and hanged on a little cay, called Rackham
Cay. His name survives in Billy's Bay, a small fishing
village located two miles down the road.
Billy's Bay, English soldiers in the 17th century built a
lookout at Starve Gut Bay and changed the name to Fort Charles.
The soldiers never left. Their legacy remains in the fair
skin and blue or green eyes of the Treasure Beach people.