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Hellshire Beach, Portmore

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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.Paid entry sectionThere is a section with life guards and a buoyed off swimming area approximately 200 m long. It has changing/showering facilities which are kept fairly clean. This has a number of tables and benches in the shade of grapenut trees and there is a fish restaurant and bar.Free sectionFurther to the west there is a free entry to the beach and here there are a large number of fried fish and other stalls.
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  • My family and I went for the day, we had a blast on the beach and enjoyed ourselves immensely. However when we ate at one of the fish joints we were flabbergasted by the bill. $234 for lunch!!! The fo...  more »
  • When you go, if you can ignore the parking guys, just park yourself because they will try to get you to use their food hut. walk around and choose one, get the price first before ordering, in fact get...  more »
  • One of the popular beaches in jamaica. Not the best but still great experience. It is wavy and there is seaweed/garbage floating around. Best part is the food that is available at restaurants right on...  more »