Black River is the capital city of St. Elizabeth parish and a must forJA South Coast visitors. We stopped on the main street to do some cell phone, CD (gospel), and flip flop shopping. Then we headed to Paradise Dock for lunch and our Black River boat tour.
From our pontoon boat we explored the brackish waterway with narrated highlights from our guide Elvin. We saw crocodiles big and small, 3 types of egrets, heron and osprey. We glided past lily ponds, through a mangrove alley, and into broad waters where two rivers meet. The mountains were visible in the distance beyond.
In 85 degree heat, the breeze on the water was refreshing, too. We ate lunch outdoors under a thatched roof, enjoying curry and jerk chicken, festival (bread), and a very tasty roti veggie wrap. Cold soft drinks with names like Island Flava and Ting, allong with bottled water (Wata) also helped keep us cool.
We hsd a nice talk with our chef Andre Brown (search for him on Facebook). He is pictured here at left, with his assistants Tamika and Hamilton.
From here we ventured up the hill to Brumpton to meet Sam’s family. More on that to follow.