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Monkey Island: Port Antonio Attractions & Sightseeing, Jamaica

Monkey Island

Portland

Monkey Island, also called Pellew Island, no longer has any monkeys. Monkey Island is situated offshore from the folly ruins. The stretch of water separating the Island from the mainland is very shallow, about ankle deep at low tide, so it is easy to walk across. However, watch your step if you are walking barefoot as the sea bed is dotted with sea urchins.

The island gets its name from the colony of monkeys which Alfred Mitchell's explorer son–in–law Hirman Bingham bought in to Jamaica. Mitchell who hailed from New York and married a member of the Tiffany family. The Mitchells lived in grand style with a large retinue of servants and many pets including peacocks and monkeys, the latter being allowed to roam free on the island offshore now known as Monkey Island.

On the island you will find a well–shaded beach, a small walking trail, a diving platform and great views of the coast.

The island sits at one end of a coral reef, which protects the San San Bay. It is surrounded by healthy sea grass beds and wonderful swimming areas. Jamaicans and visitors alike visit the island by boat, laze on the small beach, snorkel at the nearby reef and generally enjoy the gorgeous setting.

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