Jamaica is redefining the ‘wet bar’ with The Pelican Bar, located just off of Treasure Beach in the South West of the island nation. The rustic wooden bar is built on a sand bank about a quarter mile out in the Caribbean Sea.
We chartered a fishing boat from the wonderful Jakes Guesthouse for a 20-minute sunset trip to The Pelican. The owner, Floyd, mixed us rum and Ting, a grapefruit soda and sold us Red Stripe beer, which we drank while dangling our feet off the dock. Unfortunately we didn’t see any dolphins or pelicans on our trip.
We met a Canadian/Jamaican resident who told us The Pelican Bar was completely destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The owner of Jake’s Guesthouse donated wood while other neighbors helped rebuild the wet watering hole.