Southfield to Black River St Elizabeth - Drive downhill from Southfield to Cross Roads; turn left at the shell gas station into Pedro Plains Saint Elizabeth .
Continue on the plains through to the Treasure Beach coves of Great Bay Calabash Bay Frenchman’s Bay Bill’s Bay on the narrow winding roads to Fort Charles District and beyond.
Pick up the main road near Parrottee (a seaside village) through Black River westwards. I was amazed by the number of properties on the Treasure Beach stretch offering vacation accommodation, places to eat and interesting sea view stops.
On the Pedro Plains the temperature edged up a few notches....Houses and Cottages are beautified by pretty trees and shrubs of a mix of orange, pink, white and yellow blooms.
Animals grazed in the fields along the route while in the distance Great Pond is transformed into dried clay – water totally absorbed by the Jamaica summer heat.
Properties on Route
Treasure Beach Shopping Plaza – several shops here including:
Turn right after the shopping plaza – straight ahead for Taino Cove Hotel - with the entrance to Great Bay Beach is on the left. On the straight into the Treasure Beach more properties:
The Tree Stop – (a tree in the road on right)
Beyond the tree the following properties:
After the Yabba Restaurant a sign points to the South View Hotel the pot holes became wider causing my already crawling speed to reduce further. The upside was, I had a chance to enjoy the remoteness of the area. More properties:
Now into the The Billy’s Bay area - extremely dry with a forest of logwood trees to the right contrasted by the amazing view of the Caribbean Sea on my left. More properties:
On a cliff overlooking the seafront at Fort Charles I met a visiting family enjoying the ocean view below and stopped and chatted with them for a while - guests at Pon the Rock Guest House directly across the road.
Back On the main to Black River
After Fort Charles the road became more inland leading back to the main. At a fork in the road, go left for Parrottee (seaside village near Black River) and right for the Old Iron Bridge – entrance to Black River Town.
On the road into Black River more properties:
Across the old Iron Bridge is main street Black River where the seashore is up and personal to the road separated only by the sea wall on main street Black River.
Accommodations of the Black River sea front:
Waterloo Guest House Black River St Elizabeth
Heading out of Black River
My rear view mirror reflected Black River High School as I headed out of town, next stop “Border District” – literally on the border of St Elizabeth and Westmoreland parishes - a well known food stop for fried Fish and Bammy (cassava bread).
This off-the-beaten-track drive on narrow this potholed road through these Treasure Beach coastal communities was a great experience with pleasant surprises.
Ideal for a quiet no fuss, no hassle Jamaica visitor experience.
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