When you're on the hunt for perfect places to stay in Treasure Beach, Black River or elsewhere in St. Elizabeth, check out the hotels and lodging options we have listed below! This 2nd largest Jamaican parish offers so much diversity - from mountainous terrain to plains to rivers to waterfalls and beaches.
We have divided our listings into 5 sections: (1) the Black River and Parottee area in the southwest; (2) the southeast (nearest to Manchester), which includes Junction, Yardley Chase, Southfield and Lover's Leap; (3) Santa Cruz & Malvern, in the central part of the parish; (4) the Treasure Beach area; and (5) Cockpit Country (the District of Look Behind) in the north, including Accompong and Maggotty.
Black River / Parottee, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Paradise Ocean View - Black River
About 10 minutes from Black River, this charming spot offers 4 unique, round, nicely furnished and equipped cottages, and they're right on the beach. An extra bonus is their fabulous restaurant and bar. See the review from Jamaica My Way, a friend and one of my favorite (and trusted) websites, for all the details. (Photo by JamaicaMyWay.com). Call Kenneth or Barbara at: 876.379.5224 or 876.965.2780. Find them on Facebook.
Idler’s Rest Beach Hotel – Black River
For visitors looking for the quieter side of Jamaica, this small inn is about 1 ½ hours from Montego Bay’s airport and 3 hours from Kingston, in the small fishing village of Black River on the South Coast. The very large and brightly colored rooms have private baths, A/C, wireless internet, TV, and many have private balconies or verandahs. Each is decorated with antiques and accessories from around the world. And there is a hammock outside your door for extra relaxation. Helpful staff will try to accommodate your every need. Continental breakfast is included with the rate, and their beachfront restaurant serves dinner. NOTE: Idler's Rest is suffering in the reviews on TripAdvisor.com lately. Not sure whether it's the place or that guest expectations are too high. This is not a luxury accommodation, but one designed for more "rugged" travelers. Phone: 876.965.9000. Visit them on the web.
Port of Call Hotel - 136 Crane Rd., Black River
Port of Call Hotel offers 19 spacious and comfortable rooms in a variety of configurations, all with en-suite bathrooms. Some have one double bed, others have one double and one single. There is also a master suite with king-sized bed which offers views of the pool and beach. Amenities include A/C, cable TV, hot water, and internet service. There is a fresh water pool and a beachfront restaurant onsite. Phone: 876.965.2360, 876.965.2410, 876.382-5385, 876.466-9698.
Ric's Sunset Beach Villa - Parottee (just outside Black River)
Located along Parottee Bay between Black River and Treasure beach, this stylish beachfront villa would be a fabulous choice for a group of family or friends, or for several couples sharing. The rate is currently US$190 per night (1 night minimum) for up to 10 guests. It features 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and an extra outdoor shower and toilet. Two large suites on the 2nd level have en-suite bathrooms and separate entrances. One has its own verandah and kitchen. The two bedrooms on the main level share a bath. Amenities include ceiling fans, a well-equipped kitchen, and its own private beach just steps away. There's also a kayak available for guest use. A groundskeeper is on site and a cook is available if desired. Check them out at FlipKey.
South Shore Guest House - 33 Crane Rd., Black River
South Shore Guest House offers 8 roomy, no-frills, budget-friendly rooms with en-suite bathrooms right on the beach. The rooms have cable TV and hot water, and some have A/C. There is a popular outdoor bar and restaurant onsite, and meals can be prepared to order. Phone: 876.965.2172.
The Cove in Jamaica – Fort Charles (just outside Black River)
Just two miles from the town of Black River, this 2-story guest house is situated on the cliffs, between Billy’s Bay and Fort Charles Bay, overlooking the Caribbean in the Treasure Beach area. It has a tropical contemporary look with a 1950s laid-back feel. There is a 3-bedroom self-contained villa which accommodates 6-8 people, plus 9 clean and simply furnished double rooms, all with private baths, A/C, satellite TV, DVD and mini bar. Some have private verandahs. Breakfast is included in the rates and the on-site restaurant serves local cuisine. Short walk to the swimming pool and private beach. Phone: 876.965.3873 or 876.997.7690. Visit them on the web.
Southeast Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Dream Enterprise Villa - Cheapside (near Junction)
This large, modern, attractive and reasonably priced rental home is located in a residential area about 5 minutes from Junction and near Lovers' Leap. There are 4 bedrooms, each with king sized bed and en-suite bathroom, and the home can accommodate up to 12 guests. Amenities include a large, fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, DVD player, and a solar-powered water heating system that reduces the carbon footprint of the Villa. They can also arrange for a private chef to prepare your meals, if desired. Junction has plenty of markets, restaurants, bars and entertainment, and other services you may need. Enjoy the beaches of the South Coast around Treasure Beach, a 30 to 40 minute drive from this area. Check the prices, read what other travelers have to say, contact the owners, and book your stay at TripAdvisor.
Hill Top Villa - Junction
If you're looking for a reasonably priced private home to rent in St. Elizabeth, Hill Top Villa may be the ideal spot. The clean, modern, stylishly decorated 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home sleeps 6 people. The home sits on a private hill with spectacular views. Amenities include hot water, cable TV and Internet. It's a short walk into town for shops, supermarkets, banks, restaurants, car rental, nightlife and taxis. They can also arrange for someone to cook your meals, if desired. Minimum stay of 2 nights. Find the rates, read what other travelers have to say, and contact the owners at TripAdvisor.
Junction Guest House - Junction
This relatively new guest house in Junction, which is in the hills about 30 minutes by car from Treasure Beach, offers 48 rooms in a variety of configurations. Guests can choose from rooms with 2 beds, rooms with 4 beds, a junior suite or regular suite. Or select a room with its own kitchen. Modern amenities include A/C and ceiling fans, cable TV, Wi-Fi and hot water. Junction Guest House has a ballroom, a lovely swimming pool, a restaurant and bar. The ballroom and the outdoor pool area can accommodate special events such as weddings and conferences. Lovers' Leap and area beaches are nearby. Phone: 876.965.8668. Visit them on the web.
Lovers' Leap Guest House - Yardley Chase, Southfield
This unpretentious guest house is right next door to the famous Lovers' Leap. There are 8 clean and basic rooms with private bathrooms and 2 suites, all featuring A/C, ceiling fans, and hot water. Some rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. There is also a swimming pool, a small restaurant and bar on the property. Poolside rooms are a little more expensive. The beaches of Treasure Beach are about a 20 minute drive from here. Phone: 876.965.6004, 876.469.9974.
Ocean Breeze Hotel - Yardley Chase, Southfield
In the southeastern corner of St. Elizabeth and very near the famous Lovers' Leap, you'll find the attractive, family-friendly Ocean Breeze Hotel at 1,700 feet above sea level. They offer 24 light & airy one-bedroom apartments, each with its own bathroom & covered patio. Each room is tastefully decorated with tropical furnishings, TV and some rooms have A/C. Some rooms have ocean view, while others have a garden view of the lush hills. They also offer a private oceanfront gazebo with the stunning Caribbean Sea as its backdrop and a ballroom that accommodates 120 guests, making it a spectacular location for a wedding. Phone: 876.965.6000. Visit them on the web.
Seaview Villa Resort - Southfield
Another option very near Lovers' Leap is the family-owned Seaview Villa. They offer 13 standard rooms with double beds and en-suite bathrooms, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, hot water, and one unit has a full kitchenette and two beds. There is a swimming pool and an upper deck with sea views. Rates include complimentary continental breakfast, and there is a restaurant and bar onsite. Phone: 876.965.6068.
Southern Comfort Guest House - Junction
In the southeast part of St. Elizabeth parish, not far from Alligator Pond, you'll find this colorful new guest house. There are 10 clean, comfortable and budget-friendly rooms, each with bathroom, that can accommodate about 16 total guests. Amenities include cable TV, A/C, Wi-Fi, free parking, and there is a hot tub and washer/dryer on the premises. Junction is a growing town and this guest house is very close to shopping, restaurants, pharmacies, and everything else you could need. Lovers' Leap and area beaches are nearby. Phone: 876.842.8383. Find them on Facebook, or contact the owners via AirBnB.
Santa Cruz, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Blair's Palm View - Boxwood, Santa Cruz
This attractive guest house may be the best option in the Santa Cruz area if you're looking for a central location from which to explore St. Elizabeth's well-known attractions, such as YS Falls, Lover's Leap, the Appleton Rum Factory and Treasure Beach, all of which are nearby. Blair's Palm View offers 12 clean and spacious rooms, featuring A/C, cable TV and internet service. Guests say the rooms on the upper floor are quieter. There is a café, bar and swimming pool onsite. Phone: 876.966.4072.
Kool Rooms Guest House - Cogill Road, Santa Cruz
If you're looking for a place to kick back in rural St. Elizabeth, this guest house may fit the bill. Located just west of the last stoplight in Santa Cruz or the first left turn after you go through the stoplight toward Negril, you'll find Kool Rooms which is run by roots rock reggae singer Vernon Bourne, a.k.a. "Singing Vernon". He offers 4 clean, comfortable rooms with two queen-size or two double beds, featuring modern en-suite bathrooms, A/C and cable TV, all for a very reasonable US$50 per night. Guests must be at least 18 unless accompanied by an adult. Phone: 876.312.8735 or 876.387.9417. Visit them on the web.
Mikarabee Villa - Elgin District, Malvern
If you're looking for luxury in St. Elizabeth, this would be a fabulous choice! Elgin, 5 minutes from Malvern, is considered to have one of the purest environments in the world and as such, is home to many rare species of plants and birds. Mikarabee Villa was remodeled in 2011 and the decor is elegant, stylish and clean. There are 5 spacious bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, game room, washer/dryer, swimming pool, and the entire property is fenced and gated. The villa is fully staffed, sleeps up to 10, and has wonderful views of the South Coast. Visit them on the web.
Santa Crest Hotel - Leeds, Santa Cruz
This hotel was formerly Chariots Guest House. It's located in the center of Saint Elizabeth, just a few minutes south of the bustling town of Santa Cruz and about 4 miles north of Malvern. Santa Crest offers 28 budget-friendly single and double rooms with A/C, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and hot and cold water. There is also a pool and an on-site restaurant/bar. YS Falls and the famous Bamboo Avenue are nearby. The Appleton Rum Factory in Siloah is about 25 miles from Santa Cruz. A 30-minute drive will get you to the resort area of Treasure Beach. Phone: 876.966.3623.
Treasure Beach, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Aricona - Old Wharf Rd, Treasure Beach
How about your own private 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom "apartment" where you can get out of bed and take a dip in the sea? Aricona is on the bottom level of a split-level home. It is stylishly furnished, accommodates 4 people, and the amenities include A/C in the bedrooms, Wi-Fi, Cable TV, washer/dryer, full kitchen, private entrance, and beautiful gardens. There's a 2-night minimum. You can rent just one of the rooms (and the other won't be rented). The best part is that you'll be steps away from a small, secluded swimming cove. Contact the owner via AirBnB.
Banana Cottage - Treasure Beach
Welcoming Vibes Project is a developing eco-community in Treasure Beach (read more on their website). The first eco-cottage is Banana Cottage, a 2-bedroom private house located 5 minutes from the beach with an organic banana farm, quiet surroundings, singing birds, gentle breeze, insect-free spacious rooms, large kitchen, a beautiful view of the ocean and broadband Internet. Phone: 876.596.4500. Visit them on the web.
Barukamba - Billy's Bay, Treasure Beach
Looking for a real laid-back Jamaican living experience? Barukamba may be the perfect spot. Completely made out of wood, the cottage is built on a rock overlooking the ocean with one of the most beautiful ocean views in Treasure Beach. Billy's Bay beach is a 5-minute walk away. This is the cozy hideaway of famous Jamaican dub poet Muta Baruka and fashion designer Jackie 'Amba' Cohen. It sleeps a maximum of 4 people in a master bedroom and mezzanine. There's one funky bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. A great spot to get away from it all. 2-night minimum. Visit them on the web.
BeBe's Place Guest Cottages - Frenchman's District, Treasure Beach
Bernard (BeBe) and Lisa Sutherland own and operate this guesthouse with views of some spectacular scenery. There are three unique, nicely furnished and equipped cottages - Yellow House, Blue House and Castle House - with varying amenities. Rent an individual room or the entire cottage. Dine in nearby restaurants or do your own cooking. Phone: 876.965.3055. Visit them on the web.
Calabash House & Mermaid Art Gallery - Treasure Beach
Offering 4 light and airy guest rooms in the main house, each with private bathroom, Calabash House has a beautiful location on a great swimming beach. The rooms each feature unique mosaic artwork. Reserve the rooms individually or take over the whole house for your family reunion or event and include the separate Calabashment Cottage. Lots of amenities and very reasonable prices. The recently opened Mermaid Art Gallery hosts workshops through the year. Find some beautiful local crafts there. Phone: 876.818.9830 or, in the U.S., 610.566.3464. Visit them on the web.
Doubloon Villa - Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach
Very reasonably priced for a group of up to 8 people, this beachfront villa offers 4 spacious bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom, A/C and ceiling fans. You'll also have your own cook to prepare a delicious breakfast and evening meal if you want (food cost is extra). There's a lovely pool, beach, WiFi and all the modern comforts you could want. They book by the week. Phone: +44 (0) 1543 480612. Visit them on the web.
Driftwood Villa - Great Bay, Treasure Beach
Do you need a villa on the beach to call home during your vacation in Treasure Beach? The reasonably priced Driftwood Villa is a stylishly furnished 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom seaside villa with pool that accommodates 6 people. Aside from relaxing by the pool, you'll be just steps away from expansive Great Bay beach and some small coves. Amenities include TV, Wi-Fi, full kitchen, washer, and a cook/housekeeper and caretaker to make sure everything goes smoothly. The villa sits on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped property, so you'll have plenty of space to kick back and enjoy the scenery. Three-night minimum. Contact the owner via AirBnB.
Jake's Hotel – Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach
This charming boutique resort is probably one of the best known properties on Jamaica’s South Coast. Part of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell’s Island Outpost chain of unique lodging properties, the resort offers about 25 garden and oceanfront cottages (about 45 rooms) spread throughout a large and lush beachfront property. The “funky tropical” style cottages each has a unique design and color scheme (there are even some Moroccan domes and arches!), and are creations of theatrical designer Sally Henzell. Some have garden-view verandahs, others have decks over the sea, some have A/C and others are cooled by fans and beautiful ocean breezes. There are no TVs but they offer a “media” room for guests’ enjoyment. There are paved pathways to the beach but one unique feature is the saltwater swimming pool. Two on-site restaurants serve wonderful seafood, pizza and Jamaican cuisine. Phone: 876.965.3000, 876.965.0635 or 877.JAMAIC8. Visit them on the web.
Katamah - Frenchman's Bay, Treasure Beach
Katamah is a beachfront retreat in the heart of Treasure Beach. The warm, friendly proprietors offer a stylish Moroccan style main villa and ocean-side cabins. The rooms are stylish and well-designed. The property is lushly landscaped with fruit trees and flowering tropical plants. Each room is a bit different but all have en-suite bathrooms (some with outdoor bamboo showers!), free WiFi, full linen and towel service, daily housekeeping and breakfast service upon request. Katamah is close to the restaurants, bars and beaches of Treasure Beach and would make an ideal chill spot for singles, couples and families. Phone: 347.351.9065 (booking); 876.488.3947 (property mgr). Visit them on the web and check out their stellar reviews at TripAdvisor.com.
Marblue Villa Suites – Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach
This stylish guesthouse offers 5 lovely two-room Verandah Villa suites, each with beautiful Caribbean view and furnished in a Caribbean style, plus additional Domicil Junior Suites with private balconies, A/C, mini-bar and CD player. The furnishings are designed by the owners and handmade local cabinet makers out of cedar wood. Rates include full Jamaican or American breakfast. Guests consistently praise the food by the German owner/chef at the on-site award-winning Sea Side Restaurant. The thoughtful proprietors love to help plan tours. They were 2008 nominees for the Jamaican Hotel & Tourist Association Hotelier of the Year award. Phone: 876.965.3408. Visit them on the web.
Pelican's Reach - Great Pedro Bay, Treasure Beach
You'll have a hard time beating the price of this off-the-beaten-path beach house. Bright and airy with 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen & a large living/dining area opening onto an enclosed patio facing the sea. The villa is fully screened and has fans in every room. The roof-top sun-deck offers spectacular views of the mountains and the sea. Rent the whole place for 6 people for US$180 per night! Visit them on the web.
Southview Hotel –Bluntlers, Treasure Beach
In the hills above Frenchmans and Calabash Bays and about 1 mile from the center of the Treasure Beach resort area, you will find the 15-room Southview Hotel. There are a 2-story main building and several outbuildings amid this lush and green property. The lovely, clean, modern and spacious rooms boast of A/C, mini-fridge, microwave, satellite TV and balconies. Wireless internet is available. Enjoy the refreshing swimming pool or the beach is 5 minutes away. An on-site restaurant and bar serves local and continental specialties and room service is available. Southview is an eco-friendly zone using solar energy and locally-produced ethanol for backup generators. Phone: 876.965.0654 or 876.847.4900. Visit them on the web.
Sparkling Waters - Billy's Bay, Treasure Beach
This property offer 3 beautifully decorated 2-story/2-bedroom villas located directly on the Caribbean Sea - Villa de la Sable, Villa de l'Ocean, and Villa du Soleil. The shared grounds feature a pool, whirlpool tub, BBQ and private beach. The villas feature lovely bathrooms, hot water, satellite TV, stereos, WiFi, and A/C in the bedrooms, spacious living and dining rooms, and kitchen. They generally rent by the week. Phone: 876.927.8020. Visit them on the web.
Taino Cove - Old Wharf, Treasure Beach
This beautiful 8-room hideaway is run by Winnie Hylton and her friendly, hospitable staff. With a casual and funky décor, the spacious bright rooms are immaculate and nicely decorated; each has a private bath, A/C, wireless internet, and views of the Caribbean as well as the surrounding Santa Cruz mountains from the balcony. Taking advantage of Treasure Beach’s laid-back, relaxing, slow-paced vibe, the rooms have no TV to disturb your peace. (But the main house is equipped with TV & VCR if you miss it.) The property is situated on a private cove and within strolling distance of other nearby coves for swimming or snorkeling, and has a large heated pool and poolside bar. Breakfast is included in the rate and other meals are available. Phone: 876.965.3893. Visit them on the web.
Two Seasons Guest House – Billy’s Bay, Treasure Beach
This brand-new 10-bedroom guesthouse/B&B opened in May 2008 and is nestled in a neighborhood among the gentle green slopes of Treasure Beach, with a fabulous view of the Caribbean. The simple brightly-decorated rooms feature private baths, ceiling fan and cable TV. Some rooms include a kitchenette. Second and third floor rooms have especially nice Caribbean and mountain views. The guesthouse also offers a common living room with TV and DVD. The owner plans to add a swimming pool on site, but you are within walking distance from public beaches, bars and restaurants. The entire guest house can also be booked for private events or family reunions. Phone: 876.571-0818 or 876.836.8487. Visit them on the web.
Villa Arcadia - Billy's Bay, Treasure Beach
Get off the beaten path and rent this bright, airy and charming cottage just steps away from the beach. The cottage has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and sleeps 5. It would be ideal for a couple with kids or two couples. The grounds are nicely landscaped and there's a sparkling clean pool to enjoy. The house is fan cooled and has TV, DVD, CD, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster, and a recently added washing machine. The icing on the cake is that it comes with your very own cook and housekeeper, and all for a very reasonable price! Phone: 212.932.7864. Visit them on the web.
Villa Optima - Between Frenchman's Bay and Pedro Bay, Treasure Beach
If you have a group of up to 8 people, you may want to take advantage of this charming beachfront villa. There are 3 bedrooms & 3 baths. All rooms have A/C, fans, and the kitchen is fully equipped. It features cable TV, an ipod dock and a DVD and book library. A maid and chef is also provided and is included in the cost. There's also a playground for kids with swing and slide set and a trampoline. 2-night minimum.
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Wild Pine Cottages - Tide's Reach Lane, Great Bay, Treasure Beach
Enjoy rustic peace and excellent birding at Wild Pine. They are near a quaint fishing beach, and the guest house is ideal for couples, small groups or families. There are 2 double rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs, each with private bathroom, verandah, sun deck and shared kitchen. A small sheltered swimming cove is a few minutes walk away. Phone: 876.587.3402. Visit them on the web.
Cockpit Country / Northern St. Elizabeth (Accompong, Maggotty)
Mystic Pass Villas - Accompong Maroon Town
A couple of thatch-roofed, wooden-floored cottages welcome guests to Accompong, the Maroon village which was founded in 1739. Each features a single bedroom, indoor flush toilet and an outside shower. The rates range from US$50 single or US$60 double and rise during the annual January Accompong Maroon Festival. Contact Nervalee at 876.770.3680 about lodging.
Apple Valley Guest House – Maggotty
Maggotty is 13 miles north of Lacovia and about 3 miles from the Appleton Estate. Apple Valley Guesthouse is the red-roofed 18th century house on the hill just south of town. The Chinese-Jamaican Lee family offers 5 clean, basic rooms with private baths and hot water. Fans and/or A/C are available on request. Guests have use of the kitchen, and there is a restaurant which serves Jamaican food on the premises. Phone: 876.963.9508.