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Live from monkey island in Jamaica
by Wellesley Gayle, June 2017
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.
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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P.S. Stay tuned for my Port Antonio trip review - you are going to love it!
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A patriotic Jamaican who adore its culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
efforts have earned this site featured positions in local publications,
including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers,
as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies
and universities. Read more about him here.
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