Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer
PORT ANTONIO, Portland:LOCATED IN the heart of Port Antonio, adjacent to Navy Island and along the coastal shore, is one of Portland's pristine beauty spots, the Errol Flynn mega-yacht marina, which is a favourite getaway for many.
Built in 2002 with the intention of attracting large luxury yachts from Europe and North America, the Port Antonio mega-yacht marina, which underwent a name change in 2009 to the Errol Flynn Marina, is a rare beauty.
Fitted and furnished with a 32-slip mega-yacht facility offering safe, sheltered berthing in attractive surroundings, the facility also boasts a promenade, gift shop, two restaurants and bar, a pool bar, Internet access, laundry and showers, five different types of gazebos, and an ice cream parlour.
"We are open to the entire public. The intention at first was to attract mega yachts to the facility, but that did not materialise, at least not yet. It is a beautiful facility, which caters to the local people and foreigners who are captivated by its natural look. Every effort is made to accommodate the local persons, who flood this facility, especially during public holidays," said Dale Westin, general manager of the marina.
A variety of seafood, including fish, lobster, shrimp, conch, oysters, and crabs, is available at the two restaurants, along with curried goat, jerked chicken, and pork chops. And not to be outdone is the nearby pool bar, which serves Jamaica rum punch, a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and fruit juices.
The facility is further complemented by a 200-metre stretch of white-sand beach for swimming, with several coconut and almond trees offering shade to its users from the hot sun.
The eco-friendly facility also provides relaxation to honeymooners and others seeking a picturesque location to chill, socialise, and to admire a delicate touch of nature at its best.