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Voyage of Traveler / Blog » Traveler Postcard From Jamaica, Mon!

Voyage of Traveler / Blog

March 16, 2010

Traveler Postcard From Jamaica, Mon!

Filed under: Year 3: July09 - July10 Greece to Newport Beach, CA, Caribbean — mrlawlerjr @ 1:03 pm

March 16, 2010
Port Antonio, Jamaica
18-10.8N, 076-27.2W

Day-O!  Port Antonio was the inspiration for the Harry Bellafonte’s “Banana Boat Song.” (”Work all night for a drink of rum!  Daylight come and me wanna go home.”)

We just departed the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, where we stayed for three nights.  The marina is named after the actor who had a vacation home here.  Did you know he made 60 films back in Hollywood’s golden years?

A few days before our arrival Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz were wrapping up “Knight and Day,” expected to be released this summer.  We met some of the locals who assisted with the production, and they said the celebrities were nice and fun to work with.  TC also filmed “Cocktail” here.

We rented a car and had a local show us around–really the best way to see a new country.  Highlights included swimming under a waterfall, seeing the Palace Hotel, and having some good, local Jamaican food at a locals’ favorite beachfront restaurant outside of town. Brian had ox tail, Kellie had curry goat, and I had jerk chicken.

We feel like we could have stayed another week or two, as there was so much we didn’t get to see: the beaches and nightlife of Montego Bay, watching the sunset at Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios, touring the Bob Marley Museum, seeing Goldeneye, the estate where Ian Fleming wrote most of his novels (hey, I’m a big James Bond fan.)  Oh, well.  Next time.

Jamaica is a great place to visit, but not so much to cruise around.  Officialdom is the problem.  It takes a half a day to check in and then another half day to check out, and you must check in and check out each time you move the boat, even if it is to the next harbor a short distance away.

Jamaica is a huge island, the third largest in the Caribbean (behind Cuba and Hispanola).  It has a population of 2.5 million, about of third of whom live in the capital of Kingston, and boasts the world’s greatest coffee (from the Blue Mountains) and the world’s fastest human being (from last summer’s Olympics.)

But the big news is that Yansen quit.  He missed home, his mother is not doing well, and he was becoming unhappy on Traveler.  We had a farewell Captain’s Dinner for him last night and remembered all the amazing experiences we have had together. I put him on a bus to the airport this morning.  It was sad saying goodbye, and we hope to see him again.  We wish him a “Happy Long Life.”

So now it is just Kellie, Brian and me, and we are underway to Cartegena, Columbia, 475 nm due south, a three-day passage.  We expect to arrive at Club Nautico the afternoon of March 19.

The next time we will see this latitude (18N) we will be approaching Manzanillo, Mexico, on the home stretch, around the first of June.

Living the Dream,
Michael
with Kellie and Brian

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