Photo Essay: Helshire Beach, Jamaica

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

As the northeast continues to be pounded with snowstorms there seems to be no end to the white out and plummeting temperature. The cure? Sun, sand, sea and we’ll add, city. Head to Kingston, Jamaica for some much needed island heat. As a destination, Kingston is woefully misunderstood. Jamaica’s capital city does have a gritty reputation, but the city is more relaxed than headlines would have you believe. There is a pulsating nightlife, a party for every day of the week, a booming local music scene and quiet enclaves perched on hills with spectacular vistas.

 

Of course you need beach time thrown in between dutty wine sessions or to at least recover from a long night out. Long time local hangout of Kingstonians, Helshire is set apart by the seafood offerings along with azure water. I never go to Jamaica without visiting Helshire. Arguably, the best seafood in Jamaica comes from Helshire’s shores. The beach is lined with thatched roof restaurants serving fish, crab, lobster, and shrimp. Diners choose how their meal is prepared. Escovietch fish, grilled lobster, curry crabs are a few popular selections. Dishes are prepared in cast iron pots sitting on top of blazing wooden fires.

 

Seafood spread of Escovitch fish, curried crabs and garlic shrimp. Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Seafood spread of Escovitch fish, curried crabs and garlic shrimp. Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Parrot fish. Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Parrot fish. Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Rico prepares lobsters. Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Rico prepares lobsters. Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Fried snapper. Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Fried snapper. Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

Seafood spread of Escovitch fish, curried crabs and garlic shrimp. Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Seafood spread of Escovitch fish, curried crabs and garlic shrimp. Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

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Wooden huts line the beach. Photo by Diana O'Gilvie

Wooden huts line the beach. Photo by Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

2 Comments

  1. iTravelistaAugust 14th

    great photos! 🙂

  2. DianaAugust 26th

    Respect! Thanks for stopping by.

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