Birthplace and later home of reggae-revolutionary Peter Tosh, BELMONT is a slow coastal village with a lot of life going on beneath the surface, stretching back from the main road into the hills above. Just three kilometres from the public beach at Bluefields (and 19km from Sav-la-Mar), Belmont has its own deserted fishing beach at the village’s southeastern end which in some ways is even more attractive – and you’ll always meet some interesting locals while you’re there. Offering a range of accommodation from basic to exclusive, the village is certainly a great place to relax, swim, take a boat trip, and discover rural south coast Jamaican life.
The region southeast of town as you continue along the A2 (though long forgotten by all but the most learned and aged locals) is known as Surinam Quarters in honour of the English who resettled here when the former British colony was captured by the Dutch in 1667. The scenery becomes drier, with swaths of pasture and plenty of cattle.