Hellshire Beach, Portmore

#16 of 31 in Beaches in Jamaica
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.
There 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.
Further 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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  • The hustlers/ business owners/ kids are playing tug of war 2 get you 2 patronize their business and if u ask anyone a question it seems like ur indebted 2 them 2 buy something from their business. I....  more »
  • I love the simple and good vibes at this beach. it's not touristy and amazing food options- local vibes!!!!!!  more »
  • Beautiful sand and waters I enjoyed myself here. The restaurant are also great and of course the people are wonderful.
  • I couldn't decide between lobster and fish so I went ahead and ordered both. They did well with their seasoning and all. By the way I got the fish from Prendys and I never went in the water as it didn't look clean.
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