Unlike many other island nations in the Caribbean, Jamaica is comprised of just one large land mass. This makes travel by ferry less necessary than it is among nations made up of a group of islands. Still, ferry services are available to and from certain areas of Jamaica.
Visitors to Kingston can take a ferry to Port Royal and catch a glimpse of the colonial history of Jamaica. Although Port Royal was originally an island, the fishing village is now connected to the mainland by the Palisadoes, a series of small cays that have, over time, formed a roadway. While Port Royal may be reached by car, many visitors opt to ride the ferry ride instead. The price is right, and the scenic views are unmatched during the half-hour ride.
Port Antonio also has a ferry; it travels to and from Navy Island 24 hours a day. Reachable only by ferry, Navy Island is notorious for the wild parties Errol Flynn and his Hollywood pals used to throw. Flynn once owned Navy Island and, though it is now slated for development, it is a great picnic spot for vacationers hoping to enjoy the natural scenery of Jamaica. The ferry ride is only a short seven minutes.
In 2014, the Port Authority signed with Paradise Ferry to create a ferry that would connect Jamaica's most popular tourist destinations of Montego Bay, Negril, and Kingston. Plans are in the works to get the service up and running by January 2015, allowing tourists to see more of the island than they might have been able to do previously.
Though ferries are not entirely necessary in Jamaica, they can make for a great and affordable experience when you need to travel from place to place.
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