This rural, unspoiled Jamaican village sits at the foot of the John Crow Mountains where the rain forest grows right to the sea in some places. The beach is one of the loveliest in all of Jamaica, a mile long with a handful of cottages.
It offers a variety of swimming experiences from fairly heavy surf to gentle pools safe for young children. Air and water temperatures both average 80F degrees year-round.
Long Bay is the real Jamaica, not a resort relying on tourists. Women do laundry by hand, all school children wear uniforms, men toil, most people travel by bus, lush fruit and tropical flowers grow freely and are harvested by machete, chickens and goats roam loose, the food is fresh and very delicious, streets are safe to walk (but watch out for those buses). This is not merely a tropical vacation spot, it's a cultural adventure.