Where: Jacob Taylor Beach, Fishing Village, Craft Market in Duncans, Trelawny, Jamaica
This nice swimming beach and its shops are just outside the gate at Silver Sands Villas and are a short walk from there. It was formerly Duncans Public Swimming Beach but was privatized, rejuvenated & renamed in honor of a well-known Jamaican, Jacob Taylor (see below). It's also known as Fisherman's Beach. There is a small fee for using the facilities which include changing rooms, showers, bathrooms, picnic tables, swings for the kids and good lighting.
There are quite a few zinc-roofed craft huts here with some nice selections: wood carvings, straw bags, t-shirts, dresses, jewelry, artwork, etc. The vendors are all friendly, welcoming and happy to answer questions. Shop, or swim, or get some tasty fresh fish from Julet's cookshop and kick back on the beach and relax. Hang around for the fishermen to return with their catches of the day & cook yourself a yummy fish dinner later!
Jacob Taylor O.D., JP
Jacob Taylor was born in 1918 in Balaclava, St. Elizabeth. Beside his many talents in Civil Service, he was a founding member of the Beach Control Authority (BCA), created in 1956. The BCA's purpose is to balance beach usage among the interests of developers, the public and Jamaica's fishermen. Mr. Taylor was awarded the Order of Distinction (O.D.) in 1977 for his work in this field. After retirement, he worked as a consultant for the NRCA where he was Manager of the Lifeguard Examination/Certification Programme up until the time of his death on August 11, 1995 at the age of 77. This beautiful beach was named in his honor.
Good place to shop for wooden crafts
"Jacob Taylor Beach, Craft Market and Fishing Village is located a short (less than a 2 minute) walk from Silver Sands. There you will find a craft market with local crafters who are not pushy. They will take the time to answer questions, explain the wood they are carving and even show how something is carved. If given the time, they will do custom work. In addition to the wood crafts, there two variety stores; the handmade baskets are one of the many items they sell.
The fishing village is another part of Jacob Taylor Beach. You can talk to the fishermen, ask questions about their fish traps and what type of fish they catch. It is very interesting if you want to see a little something more of Jamaica than the inside of an all inclusive resort.
These are genuine, nice people and I have been to this area many times in the past three years and felt very safe at all times. There is a Monument to Jacob Taylor. This is very laid back, not a lot of action type of place."