HELLSHIRE BEACH JAMAICA
Hellshire Beach is located near Portmore, and famed for its fried fish and safe swimming. The paying section of Hellshire Beach faces east towards the Blue Mountains. The Hellshire Beach has near white sands with a very small trace of black sand. Exposed when the beach is running to the south, the waters close to shore are quite cloudy due to the stirred up beach sand.
The Hellshire Beach is the most popular public beach conveniently located for the residents of Portmore and also a very popular weekend destination for the people. There is a section with life guards and a buoyed off swimming area approximately 200m long. It has changing and showering facilities which is often kept clean. There is a proliferation of shops in fact almost 50 that sell fried fish and a whole host of recipes.
There are a number of tables and benches in the shade of grape nut trees and there is a fish restaurant and bar. There is no charge to enter the Hellshire Beach, because it is a public beach.
Due to the fact that there is a free entry to the beach and here there are a large number of fried fish and other stalls and the Hellshire Beach, area gets very busy especially during public holidays. The Hellshire Beach has a broad swath of very clean, near white sand some 200m long.
It is fringed by trees, and has numerous facilities: bar, restaurant, well appointed changing rooms & showers. The Hellshire Beach, can get crowded in the holiday season, but out of season its peace and quiet unless on a weekend. The Hellshire Beach is part of the protected Jamaican National Heritage sites and has many species to be seen on coral reefs which can be viewed by snorkelers, and divers probably using local boats to access the best locations.
The Hellshire Beach is home to many fishermen who ply their trade from off the beach. It has become a popular stop for patrons from who seek to buy salt water fish directly from the fishermen. In fact the Hellshire Beach, allows buyers to choose the fish of their choice as well as the crustacean of their choice. This has made the Hellshire Beach, very popular for dining. Almond trees provide a considerable amount of peaceful shade.
Located off the Portmore causeway, immediately to the east of Greater Portmore, access to the beach is not controlled however there are several police patrols both day and night that guard the surroundings of the Hellshire Beach; It appears to be on what was formerly the site of a fishing village. Hagglers' stalls are located on the boundary of the beach, and unless one ventures too close there is little disturbance from hawkers.
However, a few hawkers also seem to congregate at the Hellshire Beach.