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Day 269 of 365 Things to Do, See & Eat in Jamaica – Sail Over to Pedro Bank

Pedro Bank
Written by Staff Writer

Pedro Bank in St. Elizabeth represents part of the vast underwater cultural heritage of Jamaica named by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. The site includes a number of shipwrecks and other interesting finds both above and below the surface of the sea. Early settlers found the location less than hospitable and excavations here indicate that the Spanish might have experienced the largest losses of ships, cargo and people in the 16th and 17th centuries. For example, in 1691, four merchant ships of the Spanish Armada carrying loads of silver from Cartagena to Spain ran aground and were a total loss. The area is about 80 miles southwest of Jamaica, with most of its waters navigable except for the submerged reefs, among which is the dreaded eastern portion which the Spanish sailors called “La Cabeza de la Vibora” – the head of the viper – now known as Pedro Bank.

About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.

Photo Source: Kimberlee Cooke-Panton


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