Robin's Bay offers one of the last pieces of undeveloped coastline in all of Jamaica. The area known as Robin's Bay comprises of 20,000 acres of land spread over a 15 mile coastline.
Robin's Bay boasts three beaches, two of which are public beaches and one is part of the Strawberry Fields Together resort, although guests may pay a small fee to use this one. Within hiking distance there are two waterfalls, Tacky Falls and Kwamen Falls. Tacky falls is named after the Coromantee slave Tacky, who lead the slave rebellion in 1760. Both are hidden deep in the jungle and are rarely visited by tourists, if you make the trek to visit one of these waterfalls it is likely that you will have the whole place to yourself. If you are interested in seeing these falls then it is best to hike with a guide. Another attraction nearby is the Green Castle Organic Farm which offers farmyard tours, demonstrating organic farming techniques. Small bars and restaurants are dotted around the Robin's Bay area offering food and drink options.
Robin's Bay came to the attention of the international community in the 1970's when it became a popular destination for hippy travellers. A squatter's settlement (known as Strawberry Fields) became established in Robin's Bay and was supposedly frequented by members of the Rolling Stones and other luminaries of the hippy movement. The area has recently been reopened as a resort named "Strawberry Fields Together" (formerly Sonrise) which offers simple picturesque cottages in a laid-back setting. Other accommodation options nearby are River Lodge, a converted 16th century fort and the Robin's Bay hotel.
However, the future of Robin's Bay is uncertain as developers are attempting to purchase the land to build a large resort hotel. Robin's Bay residents and action groups are fighting this purchase due to the potential influence it would have on the environment and the livelihood of local residents.© 2008 Jamaica Travel and Culture .com