This unspoiled area is one of the few fishermen’s villages that welcomes tourists — not a tourist area that tolerates fishermen. Treasure beach is truly the most coveted part of the island, and the least damaged by mass development and all-inclusives. You can glimpse the soul of Jamaica here, embodied within a vibrant and artistic community known for its tolerance, warmth and hospitality [see NY Times Article]. You can walk deserted beaches, or snorkel, body-surf, or fish. You can photograph and share the lives of our fishermen neighbors; or you can enjoy the privacy of an acre-plus lot, shielded by trees and flowers. For a night out, you can choose from so many fine dining establishments, including the stunning 77 West that just opened on our beach, or the hip famed boutique hotel Jake’s, site of the well known Calabash Literary Festival where the likes of Zadie Smith and Jamaica Kincaid have read.
Billy’s Bay Learning Centre
The Billy’s Bay Learning Centre, located in the Billy’s Bay community of Treasure Beach, was created to provide educational opportunities to children whose parents can’t afford to send them to school, or who attend irregularly due to cost, and to provide school readiness activities for younger children to help prepare them for primary school. A collaborative effort of the Treasure Beach Women’s Group and the Billy’s Bay Gospel Chapel, the Centre holds sessions every Saturday, free of charge to any child in the community who wishes to attend.
The Billy’s Bay Learning Centre is funded solely by donations. All contributions go directly to program costs- small teacher stipends, snacks and supplies. Please consider supporting this important program, and help make a difference in the lives of the children in Treasure Beach. Donations can be made to the Treasure Beach Women’s Group (be sure to stipulate they are for the Billy’s Bay Learning Centre).
- school supplies (i.e.: paper, pencils, rulers, glue, etc.)
- educational aids (i.e.: posters, maps, models, laptops, etc.)
Principal: Siseenia Moxam-Nelson
The Treasure Beach Turtle Group
During the last 6 years the Treasure Beach Turtle Group (TBTG) has done an amazing job of turning around an area known for hunting sea turtles and their eggs to preserving them now making Treasure Beach the second largest recorded sea turtle nesting area in Jamaica.
Just last summer in less than a mile stretch of beach we recorded a total of 145 nestings; 18 in June, 42 in July, 39 in August, 29 in September and 17 in October. This translates to approximately 21,750 hatchings!
We offer sea turtle nesting tours from July 1 through November 30 and have just opened a museum highlighting the natural resources found here on the South Coast. This organization was created to promote education and the conservation of Jamaica’s natural resources.
Coordinator: Camar Clarke