I'm on my way to Saturday
And I wish you'd come along with me
I'm on my way to moon lit skies
And I think I'll stop at paradise...
CARIBBEAN FOLK SONG
Is there a man or woman whose soul never has been stirred
by the dream of retreat from the rigors of jangling city life of harsh
northern climate and even perhaps
from the primly regimented burden of harsh northern ways?
If so, their numbers are few.
The dream comes to nearly all of us. -
Typically, from the idea of a more pleasant Elsewhere
it evolves to something concrete and ultimate:
Sthe gem-like image of a sun-drenched island, not too large and not too small
shaded by graceful palms and embraced by temperate seas of exquisite color.
In such a classical dream-setting life would be infinitely sweet,
relaxing, delicious and self-prolonging.
But under southern skies that are short air-hours from the world to the north
... -'-- i that seeming dream world, that ideal world has always existed.
SIt exists in a richness and beauty that mocks imagination.
It lies waiting as it always has receptive to those who are visionary enough to seek it out
Port Antonio-A seaport town strung like a neck-
lace around a sapphire bay. The best view of Port
Antonio is from a vantage point such as the veranda
of the Bonnie View Hotel.
No mere back country
village, Port Antonio is the
trading center for this sector of Jamaica and there
are few necessities or luxuries that cannot be pur-
chased there, including the finest imported per-
fumes, liquors, foods, woolens and other free port
In addition to hotel night life there is native night
club night life, exuberant and friendly.
The island's gently
in a park-like manner with thousands of graceful
palms and with an abundance of fine native trees.
It has its own gently sloping beach-where Royal
men-o-war used to be careened-and it has its
own rocky coasts where the skin or scuba diver
can spend hours or years among the beautiful
wonders of the tropical underwater world.
For lovers of water skiing there are no finer waters
on earth than those which Navy Island borders.
For yachtsmen, Jamaica's richly varied north coast
is another sort of paradise. Navy Island and Port
Antonio are the ideal bases for its enjoyment and
And for fishermen this area also is a paradise. The
nearby waters teem with marlin, sailfish, wahoo
or kingfish, albacore, dolphin, barracuda, jack
grouper, snook, tarpon and an infinite variety of
Each year Port Antonio hosts the colorful and excit-
ing Jamaica International Fishing Tournament, a
tremendously festive week-long affair. Every day
starts with cocktail parties. Then each morning the
35 boats going out to sea-then the waiting-then
the boats start coming in and the news starts to fly
about the catches. Seeing up to 11 huge marlin
weighed and hung up on display is quite a sight.
This is done at Railway Marina. The whole area
is decorated a big marquee, tents everywhere, flags
and pennants and all the boats moored alongside.
The whole community gathers there and it doesn't
matter if it rains. It goes on just the same. The year
before we had rain during the tournament, plenty
of it. It didn't trouble anybody. The fish came in
just the same.
Then there is rafting on the nearby Rio Grande. To
the outsider this sport or form of adventure may
sound tame and dull. Actually it is a great and
memorable experience that, in the West Indies can
be found only here. It takes about four hours to
be poled down the channels and through the rapids
of this fine river by deft and precise native experts
on buoyant, fifteen foot long beds of native bam-
boo. It is exciting but safe, uniquely picturesque
and not the least of its appeals, uniquely romantic.
On every hand the views are breath taking. To
the south is the idyllic, red-roofed shipping town,
nestled against green forested hills that rise range
after range until they blend into magnificent Blue
Mountain Peak 7,400 feet high but almost close
enough to reach out and touch. To the west
stretches Jamaica's jagged green coast line, where
white surf endlessly foams and spumes against
beaches, cliffs and coral reefs. To the east is the
harbor channel where great ships regularly bring
visitors to experience the wonders of the parish.
Just beyond is picturesque Titchfield Peninsula. ..
To the northwest juts Folly Point at the tip of
another longer peninsula with its red and white
candy-stripe lighthouse. And looking north across
the low ruins of the old fortifications is the smooth
blue eternal sea. Wherever you look-day and
night and everlastingly-there is the impact of
Above the somber rocks,
moist with trade wind driven spray,
amid the blazing white bursts of frangipani
the Island houses rise,
as indigenous as the fragrance of jasmine.
Beyond broad overhanging roofs are the mists of morning,
the sun shadowing clouds at noon, the midnight rain.
Wide terraced areas welcome sun and shade
through tropical days.
The walls are primarily of the "Persiana,"
a tropical device serving as door, window,
venetian blind and storm shutter.
A family may arrive or depart with only an hour or so required
for opening and closing the home.
These are houses of simple materials,
mellowing with weather.
The terraced platforms
and house foundations will be native stone.
The wood used will be durable hardwood such as cypress.
Both houses shown, designed by Alfred Browning Parker, F.A.I.A.,
are extremely flexible as to the size of family that could be housed in each.
by putting bunk beds in some of the spaces
as many as four children could be housed
in one bedroom area. The bedrooms can be considered, in one sense,
as bunks on a ship because all waking activities will probably be spent
in the larger areas of the houses and outside.
The usual concern with studies and with clothes and dressing is
minimized in this type of dwelling.
On the other hand,
the houses are scaled so
that a couple could go down for some weeks of privacy
and not feel that they were rattling around in the spaces.
The detached quality of various
subordinate buildings helps greatly in this regard.
These are tropic houses for an Eden redolent with history ...
YACHT CLUB & MARINA
This marina will provide for the yachtsman:
1. Slips and moorings.
2. Adequate fueling facilities to handle both deisel and gasoline fuel.
3. Lubricants 8. Minor repairs
4. Fresh water 9. Transportation
5. Ice 10. Stores
6. Storage 11. Standard spare parts
7. Laundry facilities 12. Shower & lounge
Jamaica has very few marinas as we know them here in our country.
Alfred Browning Parker, F.A.I.A., is presently designing
a yacht club and marina
to be constructed on the southern tip of the Island.
This phase of building will in all probability
be the first major construction on the Island.
These facilities will so be planned that they will conform
to our master architectural plan
with a capacity for expansion as the need arises.
Yacht Club facilities will provide for a club house,
bar, dining room, and overnight accommodations.