Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica. The name is evocative of the 1960’s, once the playground of jet-setters including Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlton Heston, and The Beatles, all who frequented this Caribbean destination.
Located on the northeast coast, in the parish of Portland, this beautiful off- the-beaten- track spot has a sleepy charm where you will find the real Jamaica. Gracious friendly people, a pristine beach, and villas (all surrounded by lush vegetation) perched overlooking the turquoise ocean.
For those looking for an all-inclusive resort vacation, look elsewhere. Frenchman’s Cove, has something different for the traveler who is looking to escape: comfortably furnished spacious villas with breathtaking views and daily maid service. A crystal clear stream winds down to a private beach and bar (where jerked fish or chicken are available for lunch served by staff). You can count on a “grass roots” vacation with very little intrusion from the outside world: no phones, international newspapers or TV’s.
Frenchman’s Cove is a 3 hour drive from Kingston. At your request, they will arrange for a car to pick you up and take you back through the hills (think hairpin turns and lush scenery) or along the coast (in the dry season the rocky riverbeds are roads, and in the rainy season, they are rivers!). The reliable service is worth the $120 USD.
True to the best design of the era, the villas have a spacious, open feel to them. Built in the early ’60s, the villa walls are hand-cut Jamaican hill limestone, the wood ceilings and trim, Honduran cedar. With the many floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors, tropical greenery appears to spill inside.
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