Laid-Back in Long Bay
At rugged and windswept Long Bay just east of Port Antonio, you’ll find mostly remnants of what appears to have been a lively beachfront. Regularly craggy seas, that make it a not so great swimming beach, plus the last few hurricanes, seem to have taken their toll on the beach life. Despite the obvious ruggedness, there is a very gentle, innocent, and peaceful air to Long Bay. The blonde Rastas from Belgium in residence in the community add to the unique dynamic of this town. Just as you enter town from Port Antonio, there is a grassy turn-off alongside a house, the first public entrance down to the beach. There is a little sign “C-Life” on the electrical pole and you will be sure to see the yellow and black flags down on the beach. I am so excited for you to meet my new friend Cliff, the owner of this fine “establishment”. He has a little bar with beer and soft drinks and does the cooking himself in his makeshift kitchen – fish and lobster is mostly what’s on the menu. There is no hustle, he’s happy just to chat or let you enjoy the view. There is a fab domino table set up (the Bird of Paradise flower is a particularly nice touch and alludes to his aesthetic sensibilities) and he has planted his beachfront with driftwood and flowers and has raked it in a very zen fashion. The breeze is fabulous, and his smile and low-key manner are infectious.
By Tracy Barry