Frenchman’s Cove is a 45 acre historic site in the lush, green, and wet parish of Portland. Upon entry one will find that this lady may not be that easy to get, and may in deed have wicked intentions. She smiles at you with her well manicured gardens and tropical plants, while at the same time displaying her huge green trees. Now, as you get lost in the spell of all the beauty that surrounds you…the chirping of birds and the sound of water whispering promises of a day lost in paradise…there lying straight ahead is the shameless Frenchman’s Cove. The waves lick at you invitingly, but the calm fresh river water beckons to you ‘no need to rush man, no need’, ‘I will guide you there midst a green, lush forest and soft white sand”. Suddenly you become aware of the pristine sand winking up at you with each kiss of the sun. You consider the heightened experience you just had and smile back…turn and nod at the beach attendant, while at the same time realizing why Frenchmen got caught up in this magnificent cove.
Frenchman’s Cove is a beautiful beach to visit if you are looking to really get away. It is quiet, peaceful, and the trees have grown tall which creates a secluded effect. There is a restaurant (I recommend not eating the burger), a life guard, and a charge to get in.
The option of either swimming in the ocean or the river is nice and that adds a lot of fun for children, because they are able to play in the river more so than the ocean which has a slight under toe. I must say I felt the difference in temperature when the cold river water mixed with warm ocean water…this added to the experience. One may also get a glimpse of topless sun bathers, even though it is not a topless beach, but thongs are allowed.
I definitely recommend Frenchman’s Cove as one of Jamaica’s finest and sexiest beaches.