Off to Pelican Bar | Treasure Beach

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Off to Pelican Bar

By PETER NEVILLE-HADLEY, Meridian Writers’ Group

Last Updated: April 4, 2010 12:00am

TREASURE BEACH, Jamaica — Treasure Beach, on Jamaica’s southwest coast, has a row of small, quiet hotels rimming a bay shared with local fishermen. At the shoreline they sell their catch from cool boxes, and fork-tailed frigate birds with narrow wings and long, pointed beaks hang almost stationary above them on the breeze.

But the fishermen also do business offering a taxi service out to an extraordinary watering hole perched on stilts over a submerged sandbar.

It’s a 30-minute ride out to the Pelican Bar in an outboard-driven fishing boat at speed over a half-kilometre of sea seemingly more potholed than the country’s roads, and the trip is a thrill in itself.

While holding on tightly as the prow slams into yet another wave there’s always the prospect of a calming drink at the end of the ride.

The Pelican Bar itself is an idealized tree house, a hut assembled mostly from mangrove wood, with sides a grid work of woven sticks, and a complex jumble of branches to hold up a shaggy grass roof. It looks at once sturdy and fragile... (continue reading at Off to Pelican Bar | International | Travel | Toronto Sun.)

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