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Kareem’s Quest | Relaxing at the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

While driving on the peninsula towards Norman Manley Airport, I found a hidden gem, the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club, which has been in existence since 1884. After turning off the main road, there is a two-minute journey to get to the property, where there is always a security posted at the entrance.

The setting is very laid back and spacious, as persons can sit outside and view the yachts floating on the sea, while listening to soothing music in the background. For those who prefer the inside setting or want to watch a sport match on the big-screen TV, that option also exists.

“Most, if not all, of our guests are captivated by the beautiful view from our marina, they also enjoy the exclusivity of our club as well as the quiet and peaceful atmosphere,” stated Meliesha Lewis, hospitality manager.

The club boasts many amenities, like a swimming pool that can be used by members and a kiddies play area.

Recently, they have been promoting the restaurant and bar, which has gained critical acclaim. The first thing you must try is their signature lemonade which is infused with mint.

“It was created by one of our bartenders. It’s well received by our guests and they always recommend it to their friends. Now it’s one of our most popular non-alcoholic beverages. Some persons, however, choose to ‘spike’ their lemonade to give it a little kick,’ stated Lewis in a jovial tone.


While I was relaxing and quenching my thirst, I placed my order, which took about 15 minutes to be prepared. I tried the pan-seared crab cakes with mash potatoes, which was savoury and the texture smooth.

“All meals are done to order, so there will be a little waiting time; but once it arrives, our guest are impressed with the presentation and taste. We have always had consistent positive reviews on our pan-seared crab cakes. This one on of our must-have dishes.”

After finishing my meal, I walked around the property and observed the beautiful mangroves and the panoramic view of the ocean. Fortunately for me, there was a sail boat race with six participating boats.

“We have different race series that take place throughout the year. The most popular one is the Sundowner Races that runs for nine weeks, from the last week in May to July. We also have an Independence Regatta, which is followed by a fleet inspection by the governor general or the custos.”

When I was ready to leave, they enticed me with their free soup, which is served as part of their happy hour.

“We have happy hour every Saturday and it runs from 6pm to 7 p.m. Every guest gets a complimentary shot, free soup and a two-for-one drink special. We also extend our kitchen hours to 8:30 p.m., for persons who may want to order something to eat.” Lewis shared.

Who is it for: Couples that are looking for a different dating experience. Persons who want to feel like they are out of town.

Must-try drink: Dream Cloud. It’s a mixture of simple syrup, lime juice, peach schnapps, cherry brandy and tequila.

Must-try food: Jerked shrimp pasta.