Hellshire Beach, Portmore

#16 of 29 in Beaches in Jamaica
Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Hellshire Beach, Jamaica, is located near Portmore, and famed for its fried fish and safe swimming. It has near white sands with a very small trace of black sand. Exposed when there is a sea running to the south, the waters close to shore are often quite cloudy due to the stirred up sand.
It is a popular public beach conveniently located for the residents of Portmore and weekend visitors from Kingston.
Once called "Healthshire" due to its reputation as a health retreat its name has since evolved into "Hellshire" though both pronunciations are technically correct. In the early nineteenth century, colonial records describe hundreds of runaway slaves escaping to "Healthshire" where they flourished for several years before they were captured by a party of Jamaican Maroons.
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  • Portmore is not far from Kingston but it has its own vibe still. Hellshire beach in Portmore is a must. Great food! Friendly residents! Beautiful shores and a hidden treasure off the beaten path...  more »
  • Be careful on the crooks at Hellshire Beach. I am born Jamaican and always want to support the locals. I went to Hellshire recently and picked 7 fish for them to cook. They took the fish in the back.....  more »
  • Beautiful sand and waters I enjoyed myself here. The restaurant are also great and of course the people are wonderful.
  • I couldn't decide between lobster and fish so I went ahead and ordered both. They did well with their seasoning and all. By the way I got the fish from Prendys and I never went in the water as it didn't look clean.

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