If you have never been told, then we are telling you now: the South Coast of Jamaica is a special place. About an hour and a half from Montego Bay, it is home to fishermen, small villages, quaint beaches, and some of the best seafood available on the island. Here is where you will find small villas and boutique hotels like Jakes Treasure Beach. But more on that another time.
Right now we want you to meet the Pelican Bar. A bar made of drift wood that sits in the middle of the ocean on the South Coast of Jamaica. Yep, you read that right! We were first introduced to this unique spot several years back and have gone back a few times since.
It’s very fitting that a spot like the Pelican Bar lives on Jamaica’s South Coast. That area is one of the paths less traveled on the Island. Less commercial. Less lines. All natural.
It came as no surprise that when we were first told that if we wanted to get to Pelican Bar that we had to get there by boat. After all, we are where we are. Ok, no problem. Whose boat? After some fact finding and negotiation with a local Fisherman who we hired for the day, we were taken about 10 -15 mins out to shore. It was a smooth ride over. A relaxing adventure within itself: the soft wind, the clear water, and the mountains that provided the backdrop back on the shore. Within several minutes we were able to make out a tiny object that is the ultimate bar and grill on water.
While being helped out of the boat we were greeted by Floyd, the owner of the Pelican Bar.
After accepting an offer of a red stripe beer (yes!), we proceeded to admire the spot; an idea that is so simple and ingenious! A grill in the back. Tables. Chairs. A bar. A spot that we will call a viewing deck. We couldn’t think of anywhere better to enjoy a drink. Lively conversation followed as natural as any would after a red stripe in an ideal location. Floyd shared with us his story, how he started this bar piece by piece and how it became bigger and more popular over the years. This little spot has been featured in travel magazines and on travel shows.
We hung out on the viewing deck for a while looking back at the shore, meeting new friends, and telling our “how we ended up at Pelican Bar” stories. We told you, it’s a special place.
We wanted to stay longer, but we had other plans that included fishing and a sunset ride back.
Have you been to Pelican Bar? Share with us your “how you ended up at Pelican Bar” story. We would LOVE to hear them. If you haven’t been, then add it to your list, and then check it off real fast.
– Pelican bar also does a great lobster on the grill along with other food options
– You can get there the way we did via a local Fisherman’s boat (be sure to negotiate a round trip price)
– Some hotels and villas also offer organized trips to Pelican Bar
– Don’t rush it, plan on staying a while. It’s worth it