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Introducing Long Bay

Guess what – there is a beach in Jamaica where there are barely any hustlers and free spirits congregate out of sight of big-shot resorts. And it ain’t Negril. Come to Long Bay, a rugged 1.5km-wide harbor and hamlet of freaks, geeks, backpackers, bohemians and surfers. A number of expats have put down roots and opened guest houses here, and it’s not hard to see why. There’s not much to do but chill or surf.

The bay has rose-colored sand, deep turquoise waters and breezes pushing the waves forcefully ashore. Canoes are drawn up on the beach, with fishing nets drying beside them. There’s a dangerous undertow, so avoid swimming, but surfers love the waves. Surfboards are often available for rent on the beach (per half-day US$10), as are boogie boards (US$3).

The public library offers internet access, which is becoming increasingly common in local guest houses as well.