Part of the reason I wanted to go to Jamaica was to visit the Blue Lagoon – purported to be a large, deep, and stunningly beautiful cove near Port Antonio (sometimes called the Jamaica of 100 years ago). It is known for its emerald-green and azure crystalline waters, and it boasts some Hollywood connections (i.e., this is where Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins swam together in the film of the same name).
So was it worth it? You ask. Well, yes and yes… the lagoon is indeed beautiful – a hue of magnificent turquoise blue (largely due to its great depth – running about 185 ft deep).
Surrounded by lush, steep hills, the Blue Lagoon has a dreamlike feel upon your first encounter, a virtual Shangri-La! Created by underground mineral springs (there were actually spots where you can see the mineral water bubbles through the ground), this is an unspoiled oasis that is truly worth your while (and still relatively non-touristy, not to mention the ultimate in seclusion style – you won’t find all-inclusives here!!).
While the Lagoon is spectacular, it is also quite small (I guess I should have expected that). Never fear though, as there is plenty of other tropical paradise to be found – such as the Frenchman’s Cove beach retreat (pictured below), that enlivens the whole experience. I have to say, the peaceful getaway to the white-sand beaches of the cove was probably one of the highlights of my trip!
Swimsuit: A. Che Swimwear | Wrap: Etro | Hat: Old Navy | Sandals: Banana Republic | Sunglasses: Dior