Weekend Escape: Riding the Waves in a tranquil atmosphere

September 13, 2019
A patron enjoys a drink at the bar at Waves Beach.
Darrieux Murphy rubs some sunblock on his friend, Lisa Matthews, as they prepare to soak up the atmosphere at Waves Beach in Hellshire, St Catherine, on Wednesday.
You can relax under one of the many cabanas at Waves Beach.
Akino, a massage therapist, can make your journey to Waves worth the while.
This bird surveys the cool, blue water of the Caribbean sea.
How do you like your seafood? Just tell Sophia Leach, and consider it done.
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If you’re in the Corporate Area and desire to be on the beach but do not have a ride or the gas money to travel too far, then Waves Beach in Hellshire, Portmore, St Catherine, is the perfect spot.

Though it’s close to the bustling municipality, it is still so secluded and tranquil that you might be tempted to believe that you are somewhere on the north coast.

Grab a cool beer from the bar and relax under one of the many cabanas. And while you’re there, enjoy a massage from Akino, a trained masseur who will soothe any ache in your body.

A quick dip in the calm sea will leave you surprised at the coolness of the water despite the heat always associated with the Sunshine City.

And, if the tranquillity is not enticing enough, then there’s the food from the restaurant on the beach; the dishes are done to order.

“We have the greatest in food this side of Portmore. We do fried fish, steamed fish, regular seafood, and we have offerings for persons who don’t eat seafood, like wings and nuggets,” Sophia Leach, manager, boasted to THE WEEKEND STAR.

She said that Waves became operational seven years ago and that for a cost of only $200 for adults and $100 for children, beach lovers can enjoy a fun day away from the noise of the nearby urban areas.

The beach is open to the public 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. On holidays, it’s open from 8 a.m. until the last person comes off the beach.

Leach said that her staff prides itself on offering top-notch service to the venue’s patrons, who she says are mainly from Kingston.

“We have free Wi-Fi [and] waiters that serve you on the beach. If you want to be there for the entire day, we take your order, deliver your meal and your drinks to you,” she said. Persons can also rent Waves if they want to host an event.

“We do parties here; we have an outside bar. We close the main bar, and the entire beach and bathroom facilities are yours,” she said. Although it is located beside two other beaches, Leach said the quality of the experience at Waves is second to none.

“We don’t compete with anyone, others compete with us,” she said.

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