PELICAN BAR – BLACK RIVER, JAMAICA
Most of my readers know I try to stay as far away from typical touristy stuff as much as possible, but when I planned this trip to the south coast I asked my readers who know the south to give me some suggestions for things to do. Even though I already knew about this attraction Pelican Bar was one of the ideas you guys gave me. I have to admit I was excited about it because I love boat rides!
My hook up for a boat captain was really easy – I had been hanging out at a roadside bar and the owner of the place told me she knew a guy with a boat she could hook me up with for the excursion. All I had to do was meet back at her bar at 2:30pm. Perfect! And I couldn’t have been luckier with the captain because he was cool enough to let me drive the boat! And he brought a friend who was also cool enough to realize that I should be IN my videos instead of just taking the videos – so he took over the filming while I was driving the boat.
My boat ride was $2000 jmd and in my opinion it was well worth it. Being the only passenger, getting to drive it myself and have the ocean air in my face the whole time – I was so at peace with the whole thing. The ride is about 15 minutes one-way (depending on where you start off). These boat captains will pick you up in the boat at any hotel along the coast and take you away to the bar in the sea! Once you arrive the captains are as patient as you want them to be. My guys just hung out laying on the boardwalk while I had my fun, which consisted of sitting on the boardwalk sipping on a rum and Coke in the strong ocean breeze.
When I floated up to the bar there were lots of other tourists there – one of my pet peeves. But they soon left and I was alone with the two Italian ladies from my last blog post. We prearranged meeting here. At Pelican Bar there really is a bar – drinks are typical tourist prices; $500 jmd for a rum and Coke so I only had one. I can’t say the bar is exciting but it was definitely ambient and relaxing, I LOVED it. I would do it again and again just for the boat ride, scenery and smell of the ocean air.
One thing to note about Pelican Bar – there is obviously no restroom so you must either have a bladder of steel or be okay with standing in the seawater to relieve yourself. True story.