Bet you didn't know this about Winnifred Beach

Saturday, May 09, 2015

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WINNIFRED Beach in Portland, which was last year spared from the hotel developer's backhoe when a court ruled against plans by the Government to privatise it, has been listed among the '10 best beaches you've never heard of'.

It was the only Caribbean beach on the list, which also featured "gorgeous waters and picture-perfect shorelines" in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, North and South America.

'Ten of the best beaches ... that you've probably never heard of' was published by the UK Guardian on April 27.

"The rest of the world may not have heard of Winnifred, but it's famous in Jamaica for the simple and quite depressing reason that it's one of the few remaining free public beaches on the island, as the majority (either) charge or are for the exclusive use of resorts," the article said.

Describing its physical state, the Guardian said Winnifred Beach had soft, white sand and calm turquoise water perfect for swimming.

"Watch the local lads catch angelfish with their bare hands. Go on the weekend and see Jamaica at play: reggae pumping out, the sweet, smoky aroma of jerk chicken in the air, beach shacks selling cold beer, families hanging out, and football matches you might be able join in," the article urged.

The other beaches on the Guardian list were:

* Vault Beach, Cornwall, UK;

* Praia do Rosa, Brazil;

* Playa del Silencio, Costa Verde, Spain;

* Memory Cove, Lincoln national park, Australia;

* Shelly Beach, Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa;

* St Lucie Inlet, Florida, US;

* Torre Lapillo Bay, Porto Cesareo, Puglia, Italy;

* Banana Beach, Phuket, Thailand; and

* Redi, Maharashtra, India.

Winnifred Beach is operated by the Winnifred Benevolent Society.

Government, through the Urban Development Corporation, intended to turn the beach into a beach park, complete with "a ticket office, guard post (and) business offices". It also planned to build beach cottages and sell residential lots as Fairy Hill Phase Two.

According to the 2009 environmental impact assessment of the project, "The main feature of this development will be the 29 residential lots ranging in size from 821 to 1,505 metres-square. Beach cottages will also be constructed to provide temporary dwelling opportunities for beach patrons and other visitors to Portland who are desirous of extending their length of stay."

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