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Treasure Beach & Around

Introducing Treasure Beach & Around

The sun-kissed land southeast of Black River is sheltered from rain for most of the year by the Santa Cruz Mountains, so there is none of the lush greenery of the north coast. Instead, you’ll find a thorny, surreally beautiful semidesert, a landscape almost East African in its scorched beauty. Acacia trees and cacti tower over fields of scallions guarded by fencerows of aloe vera. The region remains unsullied by resort-style tourism; here you can slip into a lazy, no-frills tropical lifestyle almost impossible to achieve elsewhere on the island’s coast.

Dividing the plains north to south is the aforementioned Santa Cruz range, a steep-faced chain that slopes to the sea and drops 520m at Lover’s Leap.