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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Regardless of its small size, it is full of awesome adventures and amazingly unique discoveries. One of those special gems is Floyd’s Pelican Bar.


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About Floyd’s Pelican Bar

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Many refer to Floyd’s Pelican Bar as the “coolest bar in the world”; once you visit there, you will know exactly why.

Floyd Forbes, a fisherman, had a dream of a bar literally rising out of the water on wooden stilts, a drinking haven in the middle of the sea. By lugging wood into the bay on his fishing boat and building his dream bar one plank at a time, Floyd had realised this dream by 2001.

Initially, Floyd used the sea bar as his little saloon where he and his other fishing buddies would play some dominoes and enjoy a few cold drinks after a long day of work. A win-win situation for all parties involved, the local tourism industry soon learned about Floyd's rundown paradise and assisted him in turning it into an authentic bar.

The bar's walls are covered with a tremendous amount of seemingly random memorabilia. These trinkets include everything from flags flown in all directions to license plates from all over the world. The Pelican Bar is situated on a sandbar that extends out in all directions for a considerable amount of time and provides areas for convenient walking.

Disaster Hit the Pelican Bar

Hurricane Ivan caused Floyd to lose his bar in 2004. Floyd's Pelican Bar was not an exception to the widespread damage that the category 5 Hurricane inflicted on the Caribbean and the United States.

The natural disaster completely destroyed the bar, and Floyd lacked insurance to pay for the damage. Local business owners couldn't afford to lose the bar because it had become a pillar of the community and brought many tourists to Treasure Beach, a small resort town, so they all came together.

The bar was rebuilt with help from the community as a whole. The new bar was finished in a month thanks to contributions from others and lumber donated by Jake's Hotel in Treasure Beach.

Where is Pelican Bar Jamaica?

Geographically, the bar is situated in Jamaica's bread basket parish of Saint Elizabeth. It was constructed on a sandbar in Parrotee Point, a region of the Caribbean Sea called Parrotee Bay, about a mile offshore. Parrotee Bay, Treasure Beach, or Black River in the Parish are the available routes for patrons to take to get to the bar.

The closest town, Black River, is about seven miles away, while Treasure Beach, a much smaller town, is about 12 miles away.

You typically don't even need to worry about getting a boat ride to the bar because most independent tour operators have agreements with the boat operators.

Depending on where you board the boat, it will take 10 to 25 minutes to get to the Pelican Bar. Every day, local fishermen use their boats as a means of transportation to get there.

Daily boat rides from Parrotee Point, Treasure Beach, and Black River are offered to the bar. It is only 10 minutes away from Parrotee Point, but other than that, it will require a lengthy boat ride. The Pelican Bar is included in the majority of daily tour packages offered by private tour operators in Jamaica. Since you can have a day of adventure for a low cost, it is advised to select one of those choices.

The day tour is streamlined by the nearby presence of additional fascinating attractions. Most tours to the bar will also include stops at YS Falls, the Black River Safari, and Appleton Rum. Because the distance between the three attractions is less than an hour, it is simple to combine two stops on a day tour.

Here are some popular points/stops that can give you an idea of how long it will take you to get to the bar:

  • Falmouth Cruise Ship Port: 2hrs & 24 minutes (122km)
  • Ocho Rios via Hwy 2000: 3hrs & 36 minutes (165km)
  • Montego Bay: 2hrs (93.0km)
  • Lucea, Hanover: 1hr & 50 minutes (85.0km)
  • Negril: 1hr & 31 minutes (81.8km)
  • Sandals Whitehouse: 33 minutes (29.1km)

Address: Salt Spring Junction, Jamaica
Phone: +1 876-354-4218

If you decide to take a visit, your experience will definitely be a memorable one.

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References & Sources For Where is Pelican Bar?

  1. Floyd's Pelican Bar Jamaica Tour - A Bucket List experience (2020) Island Basking Travel Guide. Available at: https://www.islandbaskingtravel.com/jamaica/floyds-pelican-bar-jamaica/ (Accessed: October 23, 2022).
  2. (2013) Floyd's pelican bar, Atlas Obscura. Atlas Obscura. Available at: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/floyd-s-pelican-bar (Accessed: October 23, 2022).

Where is Pelican Bar? | Written: October 23, 2022

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