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Day 282 of 365 Things to Do, See & Eat in Jamaica – Visit the Goat Islands

Goat Islands

Actually comprising two islands joined by a network of mangroves, the Goat Islands feature an amazing beach hideaway just south of Old Harbor Bay. Recently endangered by plans for a logistical shipping development, the islands are safe for now and definitely worth a respectful visit. The islands were once the location of a United States army base during World War II. There are remains from the war period that can be visited, including an aqueduct, a water well, a landing strip for seaplanes, and a number of piers. The main attractions are the glorious plants, trees, birds and wildlife that make their home on these islands. The goats for which the islands are named tend to hide out in the thick brush of the interior, but you may catch a glimpse of them if you’re lucky. The islands are critical for protecting the shorelines of Clarendon and St. Catherine, particularly during high seas, hurricanes and floods. You must get advance permission from the Urban Development Corporation before making a visit to the islands. Failing to do so may result in prosecution.

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.

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