San San Beach

San San Beach, Portland, Jamaica
San San Beach

We decided to visit beautiful San San Beach on Jamaica’s north coast this Easter weekend. The sun was shining as we drove along the mountain road from Kingston admiring the lush green mountains. Dropping down onto the north coast reminded me why I love heading over to this part of the island. The bright blue Caribbean Sea shimmering in the sunlight as white horses gallop towards rustic local beaches.  We make our way through Port Antonio and past the gleaming white edifice of the elegant Trident Hotel.

The only way to spend Easter weekend.

We pulled into San San Beach to find it delightfully deserted; our very own tropical beach. This was all the more surprising as we had just driven past a packed Frenchmans Cove. Then the reason became clear – weed. Not the type you smoke but the type that gets washed ashore after a week of strong winds and high seas – which is what the north coast has had. There was a solid thick line of seaweed running the entire length of the beach at the water’s edge.

Trees at San San Beach
Trees at San San Beach

Fortunately we found a nice clear quiet area to settle down with our picnic. Amazingly, the sea was clear – crystal blue and warm. In we plunged to swim and float around enjoying having the place entirely to ourselves.

San San Beach seaweed
San San Beach seaweed

At one point we received the inevitable visit by Captain Fox in his wooden boat offering trips around the Blue Lagoon – well worth it if you haven’t done it before, except we have, many times. Old Foxy never remembers us and gives us the same pitch each time – or maybe he does remember us and thinks we might just be too polite to say no thanks. As a crestfallen Fox departs San San Beach in search of more willing clientele, we lie back in the shade of a tree listening to the sea roll ashore. This is the life.

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