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Don’t Know How To Become A Pirate? Welcome To Jamaica

Posted on November 17, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment



Jamaica

The pirates wanted an impeccable base to pillage the jewels and money passing through the ships of Spain’s New World that sailed the turquoise waves toward Cadiz. No other place than Jamaica, positioned beneath the eastern part of Cuba and in the core of Spanish Main, magnetized the buccaneers. Jamaica became their center of operation and many amongst them also continued ransacking in the exterior of Port Royal.

Précis

Flanked by the Blue Mountains and sun-drenched tranquil marine, Port Royal seemed an artful creation of the Divine. This creation was soon entitled as “wickedest city in Christendom” after it was smacked by a quake in 1692 submerging 66% of this land in the same tranquil marine. A native dweller in Port Royal says that this city of Jamaica was a hometown of Pirates. He can still notice the evidence of pirates everywhere in the city.

Enter the era of pirates from Port Royal. The remnants of this port can be found at the end of a 9-mile route known as Palisadoes that partly surrounds the Kingston quay. You can find vehicles on rent near Norman Manley airport on the same route. Pick up any car and start your tour of 380 miles, from Port Royal to view the city of Jamaica. Driving through Kingston, past a marooned freighter, and encircling through the island you will witness the pirate-veiled exquisiteness of emerald forests, sugarcane pastures, and soaring peaks, adorned with the sight of cerulean Caribbean Sea.

Port Royal JamaicaBegin in Port Royal

This is the place where the bandits rejoiced their victory and drank beer. However, this blustery commune is now a hushed fishing township, where the wharf’s feet are doused by Red Stripe. City’s primary civilian, Captain Henry Morgan, allegedly plundered the invulnerable Spanish throttlehold of Portobelo, Panama and jubilantly revisited Port Royal in 1668. The funds to build St. Peter’s Church, the interior of which is made up of silver, is said to have been bestowed by Captain Morgan. Along the way, notice the features of Fort Charles that are unchanged since the earthquake of 1692. The equipments, dishes, tubes, and some more archaeological relics that were salvaged from the drawn area of the town can be examined in Maritime Museum. Take a look at the drawn buccaneer ship Ranger from the original ramparts of the once British Military procession campus. The ancient and phenomenal Old Gaol survived the earthquake and is still standing, being used as a pharmacy.

Capital Kingston

Now let us move to the part of Jamaica that is mostly represented by dance-areas, melodies and t-shirts of Bob Marley. KingstonWe are talking about the capital city of Jamaica that can be reached by driving east besides the Palisdoes, Kingston. The earthquake led expatriates to leave this land and to form this city of Kingston. A museum on Hope Road attributing Bob Marley’s songs was once where he resided. On Highway A1, 18 miles to the west of Kingston is Jamaican ex-capital, Spanish Town, the central square of which is duly Georgian and embraces remnants of Old Courthouse of 1900’s. To the west of square was the previous courthouse, where the trail of John Calico Jack, a pirate leader, and his two feminine crews, was conducted. This courthouse was destroyed in 1760’s to build the Old Courthouse.

The pleasure of living in Negril

Take the northwestern route on A2 from Bluefields to arrive at Negril. The cottages at the top of Bloody bay in Rondel Village, along with its gusty and ingenious structural design, prove to be an idyllic resort to rest for a while. John Rackham and his cronies were incarcerated here. An amazing view of the shore with a series of lavish resorts can be seen from the windows. After a short nap or an overnight stay in Rondel Village, head to your next destination, Round Hill.

round hill jamaicaOn Round Hill

Drive north and then east ahead of Negril and witness the picturesque panoramas of the azure water from most of the 41 miles toward Hopewell, a messy little hamlet on Montego Bay. A woody peninsula, Round Hill that protrudes into the harbor of Montego Bay toward the west, can be seen after some miles of driving. Round Hill Resort, a five star resort, is one of the most lavish resorts on the islet. To get the best sights of the city and the bay, you can ascend to the apex of the Round Hill. Here, on the top are the remnants of Round Hill Fort that safeguarded the quay from the buccaneers in 1800’s.

Ocho Rios

Drive 63 miles north along the dramatic shores of Montego Bay toward Ocho Rios, where you will again notice the ocho rios jamaicasketches of Henry Morgan. Next, move east of Ocho Rios for 20 miles and look at the huge estate known as Firefly, where the famous British writer Noel Coward resided for the final twenty years of his life. A neighboring spot was Henry’s favorite place to openly attack the fleeting vessels. Morgan was secluded by Coward in his composing room which was known as “Room with a view” because it had bulky bulwarks with an amazing view of the harbor of Port Maria. It is also said that the hole besides the gravesite of Coward that leads to a tunnel was recurrently used by Henry to find his way into the sea.

Return to Kingston

If you are don’t covet to hear more of pirate anecdotes, move east to arrive at Port Antonia. This is a stunningly pictorial gateway back to Kingston. The route here is rich in sceneries, fudging the Blue Mountains as your car takes a circular path from the eastern tip toward Kingston in the west. On your way, halt at the Boston Bay and try jerk beef to satisfy your hunger. Boston Bay is a sloppy village positioned at the shores of the sea. While taking pleasure in your meal, keep an eye on the sea waves. May be pirate vessel transverses the water?

Trip Tips

A trip to Jamaica is best in all seasons of the year.

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