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Jamaica: Frenchman's Cove Beach

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Frenchman's Cove Beach | Jamaica | Americas

[Visited: April 2009]

Walking towards the beach through the forest, we passed a small river before reaching the beach proper. A horseshoe shaped little bay with a quite narrow opening into the sea, friendly waves lapping onto the beach but wilder ones in a distance. White sand blinded us, and we quickly got rid of our shirts and shorts, left our stuff behind, and ran into the inviting sea. For quite a while, the sea was shallow, but walking further in, it was more rough and there was a pretty strong current. The drop-off is quite drastic, and the waves become progressively higher here. Great to dive into and play with the waves as they roll in.

Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): Waves crushing on the beach at Frenchman's Cove

After diving through the waves of Frenchman's Cove Beach, you cannot feel the bottom anymore and you can swim. But not far, as a line clearly indicates until where you are supposed to go. From here, the sea is wide open, and the waves serious. They crash wildly on the rocky coast, and from here, the sea looks completely different and less friendly than from the beach. Instead of being bluish-green, it is deep blue here. While swimming at Frenchman's Cove Beach is limited, diving into the waves certainly is a highlight.

Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): Beach and river at Frenchman's Cove

If you want to cool off, there is a small river leading right up to a corner of the beach. It has quite some current, and you can let yourself float right into the surf of the sea after jumping into it on the side. Furthermore, a rope hanging from a tree gives you the possibility to mimic Tarzan, you can swing and let yourself fall into the cool waters of the creek after which you will float into the sea. At times, there can be a queue to have a go at it. Back to the beach, and you hear people screaming at the waves in joy. And then, it is time to stretch out, feel the warmth of the Jamaican sun around you, and relax.

Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): Playing with the waves: Jamaican enjoying the sea at Frenchman's Cove Beach
Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): River near Frenchman's Cove Beach
Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): River near Frenchman's Cove Beach just before reaching the sea
Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): River reaching the sea at Frenchman's Cove Beach
Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): Swinging over the river near Frenchman's Cove Beach
Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): Rough sea calming down near Frenchman's Cove Beach
Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): Waves crushing on the rocks near Frenchman's Cove Beach
Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): Waves at the beach of Frenchman's Cove
Picture of Frenchman's Cove Beach (Jamaica): Playing in the surf of the beach

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