Frenchman's Cove
Frenchman's Cove
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You've always wanted to enjoy elaborate, fruit-flavored cocktails on a beautiful tropical beach, so here's your chance; this beach offers spectacular sand, surf and service.
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  • Cortni J
    London, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    White Lotus Season 3?
    This place s breath-taking. The fresh water, natural pools, hotel architecture is really something from a film. You park at the top of the road and walk down to the beach. Path is paved, smooth and safe. You need to pay cash for meals and entrance. Jamaican dollars are best, as USD exchange rate is pretty terrible. You can hire chairs if you wish. The fried fish was the best meal I had in Jamaica. It was safe, friendly and quiet. Locals were gathering and everyone was very respectful and enjoying themselves.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Sasha_Roberts
    Los Angeles, California11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointed
    I have been here before and it is a beautiful beach. My niece, who is a local to Portland loves this beach and we have been coming here for years. When I was here last the admission was $1000 and this time it was 1800 and there was no local rate. I don’t know how much the lounge chairs were because no one offered us one. No one offered to serve us drinks either at first. We went to the bar and I was told my drink was $800. I accidentally spilled my drink and I did manage to get the attention of a server- when he brought my drink he told me it was $900 - to make it worse he never brought back my change. I think it will be a long time before I go back again
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 24, 2023
  • MMC_Lady
    London, United Kingdom76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Perfect Beach
    A day's trip to Frenchman's Cove is worth a must when you go to Portland. It has a long history of being one of Jamaica's first resorts, a place that was the destination of Hollywood stars of yesteryear, however, somehow got left behind when other areas of Jamaica were being developed for tourism. However, this only adds to its charm and beauty. The soft white, gold sands, the blue azure of the Caribbean Sea, and the cooler freshwater rivers from the Blue Mountains envelope the beach before running into the sea making this place like a piece of heaven on earth. It is still a resort that you can stay at and the villas and rooms are further back so that from the beach you cannot see the accommodation. For daytrippers like me and my family, there is an entrance fee varying for children and adults, while those under 3 years old are free. There is a bar and grill where you can purchase delicious, reasonably-cost food, drinks, and sun loungers. Thankfully, the beach was not crowded, with only a few people there. Over the river are two large swings and a natural tree canopy overhanging much of enhancing the beauty of the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
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Jenna M
Huntington, WV6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Don’t waste your time or money. Go to the local free beach that is way more beautiful. For starters, the security guy (Dean) charged us $1000 JA dollars per person. I only had $20 US. He kept the difference which is fine but at least offer change back. Parked and walked to the beach. No one was on the beach. Bar was closed. Restaurant had 4 meals you could choose from (I’m vegan and couldn’t eat anything). My bf and I decided to leave because it just wasn’t a good experience. Within 20 minutes the security guy (Dean) would NOT refund our money. He chose to watch whatever he was watching on his phone. Ultimately $20 is not worth it. I frequently come to JA and was very disappointed with this beach. I always wanted to go to Portland but it wasn’t worth the 4 hour drive from mobay. Check out the blue lagoon and go river rafting if you do go to Portland.
Written June 4, 2021
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Simas
New York City, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is paradise on earth. We were just hustled and intimidated at Winnifred Beach moments earlier and decided to leave and actually enjoy a beach in Portland. Look no further! $1500 JMD for a tourist, $1000 JMD for a local, well worth the peace of mind you will have in terms of safety and comfort. This place is clean, pristine and beautiful. There is both the Caribbean Sea and the Frenchman Cove river on the same beach! Swings and sand, tables, etc. Everything there, no type of intimidation, a nice sense of security. Beautiful park, everything was amazing.
You can see some of the videos that we took via our YouTube Channel, Avri & Simas
Written February 10, 2020
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Kris Spice Rack W
O'Fallon, MO4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Beautiful beach. There is an entry fee that goes toward maintaining the beach. Cove is large, and the beach is rock free and sandy. There is a restaurant with waiters that will bring your food and refreshments to you on the beach. Bring cash in smaller denominations if you would like to order from the menu. Great beach for young children because of the soft sand and shallower water.
Written January 30, 2020
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justformemories
Toronto, Canada27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Beautiful beach and river! This beach is quaint, relaxing and clean. The staff are helpful and kind. There are swings along the beach and another in the river (great for photos!). There is a restaurant beside the beach that will set up a table and serve food and drinks right on the beach. I thought that the prices were reasonable.
I would recommend visiting here if you want to experience a beautiful beach in a less touristy but beautiful parish. There is also an entry fee (I believe it is per person). The drive is a bit bumpy and the roads can be narrow, if you are travelling through the mountains, but I would visit again.
Written December 11, 2022
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Shakira D
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This is my second time visting the Frenchman’s cove beach. First of all!!! Let me say beautiful 🤩 LOVEEEE the scenery and comfort. My first visit it took a while to get the lounge chairs and the beach wasn’t full so it wasn’t so busy. My second visit took forever to get the chairs! The beach was full. I saw workers sitting down in corners and talking on the phone. The water seemed to be rough, so I’m assuming the lifeguards would be on high alert ‼️. That was not the case. I saw them talking to visitors and sleeping, not doing their jobs. After receiving my chairs, a lot of black birds started to swarm the beach. The took a dump on my boyfriend’s arm so we had to keep shifting around to prevent anymore of that. I decided to order food from them seeing that they don’t allow outside food or drink. I ordered a hotdog with fries and a burger without cheese with fries around 2:10, the cashier lady aka the waiter told me my order would take 10-15 minutes that escalated to an hour and half. When I finally got my order the fries were soggy + no salt+ the hotdog was sooo tiny the bread swallowed it and the burger had noooo moisture no presentation! Just not good. I spent $3600+ JMD for crap food and an entry fee of $1500 JMD to get very poor services. I tried speaking with one of the workers and they did not respond, I only got ignored. I don’t recommend this beach at all. Not coming back!
Written February 23, 2023
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Paul K
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Arriving at this beautiful area one could see it has seen better days. 1800 Jamaican Dollars each person to enter was too much for the privilege. Take your own chair, each sunbed 300 Jamaican Dollars a day. Once we got over the shock of how unkept the Bar/restaurant was, a new coat of paint would have helped, we went with the flow. A very nice guy helped us with our beds and offered to bring drinks to us. He encourage us to order lunch if we wanted it, which we did. This was 11 am. We did not want to eat until 2 so at 11.30 we pre ordered for 2. We wandered up, a trestle table by the waiter who took our order, which again had seen better days and we waited. After 35 minutes a girl came up to ask what we were waiting for, we told her, she went away. By 3 we were still waiting then being given the excuse the fish had been burnt. We were told to wait 15 minutes longer but refused paying for our drinks and left. We were under the impression this was a Marriott? If it is, Marriott need to get down there and review its premises and operations. Pity because it really is a beautiful place.
Written April 17, 2023
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Arlene H
Northport, NY151 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The surroundings are amazing the view is breath taking but there is no Vibe. I paid $10USD to enter but would have loved to have a little reggae music in the background . As I said I don’t know who is in charge but please take note to make this experience unforgettable we need a little more effort to make such a lovely environment more welcoming.
Written February 10, 2020
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Keiranfrantic
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We visited in December as we were in the area seeing family. It’s winter so we knew the waters would be choppy. As we approached the gate we were given the option to turn around before paying admission (1500JMD cash). The security guard wanted us to be aware the beach wasn’t its best; rough waters and seaweed patches.

Nonetheless we paid and entered a family of 5 adults and 2 children. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful beach, the family took Pictures on the swing in the river and the swings by the beach! It was a good day out!!

In summer I can imagine it being a hot spot and rightly so!
Written December 5, 2022
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Lars H
Easton, MD22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Small beach (modest entry fee required) in a cove - and yes, a river does run through it! Good place for families with small children as it is very manageable. Our daughter (12) enjoyed the swing over the cool river and the warm surf washing into the cove from the sea. There is a passable restaurant/bar and waiters will serve you on the beach - my daughter loved the Orange Cake (we enjoyed the rum punches). Villas are available for rental. Clean toilet and shower facilities are available to beach guests. I’m told Tropicbirds nest on nearby cliffs and “ early birds” to the beach might see them flying out in the morning. Overall, this James Bond beach is actually quite nice!
Written March 17, 2020
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J-RO
Milton, Canada194 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Nice beach with a place to grab food and drinks. Costly $1500 Jam or $15 USD for entry.
Food is costly. But you can't bring in drinks or food so you stuck paying for it. Staff were assertive
Tons of black birds
Written December 26, 2022
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