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Author Topic: LOST PORT ROYAL - Jamaica  (Read 5538 times)
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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2009, 11:14:55 am »

                                                "Travelin' to Pirate Country"

                                                      A Visit to Jamaica ..

                                                            Port Royal

The drive out onto the Palisadoes (the long, flat spit of land leading out to Port Royal from Kingston) was very scenic. Becoming very narrow at spots, it was easy to see the harbour waters on the right, and the ocean waves not far away on the left. I could imagine how this fragile link to the mainland, only opened in 1936, could easily be cut by storms. Tall skinny cactus plants (like scaled-down saguaros) were growing amongst the sand dunes and mingling with the mangrove bushes. I later learned that the area supports a rather rare, precarious ecosystem.

Cactus and mangroves

Our stop, the Morganís Harbour Hotel, was at the end of the line.  We went in, and beyond the lobby, it opened up to a sandy beach, an enclosed salt water bathing lagoon, an open-air dockside restaurant, and a small marina. A building with a large "1692" on it, and a sign that read "Buccaneer Scuba Club" caught our attention. As the hotel overlooks the sunken portion of Port Royal, I thought perhaps this was a joke. I later learned they really do have a scuba club there, for the sunken city, along with various shipwrecks, is of great interest to scuba divers. We also learned that this building was the Pitch House, an 18th c. storehouse (though some told us it was a survivor of the 1692 earthquake). Now it hosts dances within its walls.

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