Live from monkey island in Jamaica

by Wellesley Gayle, June 2017

wellesley on monkey island in jamaica
Wellesley 'monkey-ing' on Jamaica's Monkey Island

Did you know that there is a monkey island in Jamaica?

Yes, there is!

And can I tell you that I learned about it from one of my readers? It always fascinates me that I seem to learn more from you my readers than I give - even after 3,500 pages of articles!

So anyway, back to the story, a few weeks ago, Donovan asked the question on the site (which, by the way, I facilitate here), and of course I got curious.

My co-writer, Rosalee did her research and responded articulately, but you know I not satisfied until I visit there myself - and so I did last week when we went to gorgeous Port Antonio, during my wife and I anniversary.

monkey island in jamaica

We sailed on the blue lagoon, up to alligator head, and across to the now well talked about, monkey island.

I made two videos, completely unadulterated, so you could see and hear me live at the monkey island - real time - absolutely no edits!

So what is so special about the monkey island? According to JamaicaTravelAndCulture, the island got its name from the colony of monkeys which Hiram Bingham, the famous Alfred Mitchell's explorer son-in-law, brought to Jamaica.

Rather than keeping the monkeys in his mansion, Mitchell let them live on the island. Today there are no monkeys there but it's remoteness and isolated shaded beach are worth the trip, never mind the fact that it walking up the island, could be a perfect hiking trip.

The island is actually just minutes away from the blue lagoon and provides a breathtaking view from the series of villas on the coast of San San in Port Antonio, here in Jamaica.

I now invite you to watch both videos on YouTube.com


  • This first one - showing me climbing the island - and getting breathless - don't laugh now :-), and
  • This one - where I actually showed you the island - live from our tour boat.


I hope you find them educational - just remember not to laugh at me now :-)

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If you like it, please share using the links below.

Regards,
Wellesley

P.S. Stay tuned for my Port Antonio trip review - you are going to love it!

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Jun 12, 2017
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Awesome
by: Anonymous

Hi Wellesley, thanks for your continued effort to educate Jamaicans and non Jamaicans about the wonders, intrigue and beauty of our island Jamaica.

I was looking for the monkeys ,but saw none, however what I saw was sufficiently fascinating.. I can see why the British call Jamaica the fairest of the Isles. Continue to explore ,I love it

Jun 11, 2017
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monkey island here in Jamaica
by: Arlington Bloomfield

My friend Wellesley I was not aware that we have our own monkey island here in Jamaica.
I enjoyed the tour and looking to go there in the near future. Thanks for the info my friend.

Jun 11, 2017
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our little but "talawa" country
by: Bridgette

Dear Wellesley,
I have been meaning to write for ages just to say that what you are doing is wonderful. You spread interest and excitement in our little but "talawa" country and I enjoy reading your information and tit bits!

I am away from Jamaica most of the year but try to connect as often as possible. You can view my connection with the island on Facebook: Lansdowne Jamaica.

I continue to look out for your articles.

Regards
Bridgette

Jun 11, 2017
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love your video
by: Carmelita

Well, well! Hello my Jamaican friend. What's up man?

Well let me tell you how much I love your video tour of Monkey Island. I was laughing when you started to run and got out of breath. Were you afraid? I would. I love outdoor, but afraid of lizards snakes or things like that.

The rest of tour was also breathtaking. You sure have a beautiful wife. Hug and kiss her for me, don't have to know her to send her hugs and kisses.

Keep up the good work my friend and you helpful info of the the beautiful Island of Jamaica, where the rum and reggae come from.
Love you man. Peace out

Carmelita

Jun 10, 2017
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Monkey Island
by: Anonymous

Definitely worth getting close!

Jun 09, 2017
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Amazing site
by: Anonymous

This seems to be so fascinating id love to visit. Csn you arrange a trip for Heroes week

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