The tropical splendor that awaits visitors to the beautiful island of Jamaica has long been a defining factor for guests who find themselves wanting to return to this vibrant destination year after year, driven by the many Jamaica excursions they can experience. Drawn in by the turquoise waves, emerald palm trees, and sugar white sand beaches, Jamaica is a place that offers up pristine beauty without hesitation. However, for the many gifts nature has bestowed on this island, there have also been moments throughout history where nature has been far less kind. Of all the stories of nature taking its toll, that of the Sunken Pirate City is the most well-known cautionary tale and one that travelers to Jamaica with a heart for history will be thrilled to hear, with remnants of this incident still visible below the waves.
A Story Sunken in Time
When the English took Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655, Port Royal quickly became an epicenter of lewd and lawless entertainment. As this harbor on the southeast coast of the island grew in population, its reputation became tainted with an influx in pirates, prostitutes, and liquor. To top off this trend of chaos, famed pirate Henry Morgan was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1675. Disaster struck on June 7, 1692, a massive 7.2 earthquake hit the island and the following tsunami combined with geysers and landslides pulled the majority of the original Port Royal under the sea, taking nearly 2,000 lives with it. While it was a tragedy in its own right, many saw it as a sign that cities built on destructive behaviors would ultimately pay a price.
The Sunken Pirate City Today
Over 40 feet of water covers the remains of the original city today, but it hasn’t stopped travelers, academics and researchers from finding a way to interact with this incredible pirate story from the past. Diving is allowed at the site with special access granted on the part of the Jamaican government. The majority of items that have been recovered from the Sunken Pirate City to date are on display at The Museum of History and Ethnography.
Things to Do Nearby
While the underwater adventures and historical significance of the sunken pirate city are sure to inspire, this area of the island is packed with the potential for added fun and excitement too. For those visitors to Jamaica who are hoping to create an itinerary that takes every must-see landmark into account, adding the following stops to your must-do list is sure to take your trip to the next level of memorable. Whether you’re one for history, water adventures or flavor, these stops are sure to please.
Visit Fort Charles for Jamaica Excursions
Located at 1 Queen Street in Port Royal, Fort Charles is a great place to visit for anyone in Jamaica with a heart for military history. Built between 1650 and 1660, this was the very first fort constructed in Port Royal and today, stands as a reminder of the story that frames Jamaica’s past. Visitors can come and tour the site and gain some insider information as to how the fort protected the shoreline long ago. Guided tours of Fort Charles are available daily for $15 per adult and the site is open for visiting Monday through Sunday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Dine at Beachview Restaurant and Bar
When your Port Royal adventures have left you with an appetite to attend to, enjoy a meal at a locale where savory flavors and an amazing view are served up in equal measure. Beachview Restaurant and Bar is located at 23 Foreshore Road and is open to the dining public daily between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm. This laid-back, inviting and vibrant restaurant serves up traditional island favorites in a setting that’s as fun as it is welcoming. Sit back and enjoy the view of the water while sipping on a handcrafted cocktail in style. Questions concerning large group reservations can always be directed to 876-421-4109.
If you’re hoping to enjoy the waves and sites of Port Royal in style, book a wave runner with the team at Pirates of Port Royal Exotic Tours and Excursions. Guests can customize their watery excursions by enjoying independent rentals and spending time zipping over the turquoise waters or heading out with a guide and enjoying hidden away coves and beaches over the course of 2.5 hours complete with narration and insider information. Sunset yacht sails are also available upon request. For more information on the water experience you’d like to have be sure to contact the team at 876-431-4467.
Book a Historic Trip to Jamaica
Whether you’re visiting to make the most of the island’s natural beauty or interested in discovering more about Jamaica’s turbulent pirate past, there’s never been a better time to book a trip. The professionals at Jamaican Treasures are excited to help you find the ideal vacation rental villa for your stay. Enjoy accommodations that are as comfortable as they are luxurious from the moment you walk through the door. Contact us for more information and to begin planning!