"Take a Boat Tour on the Black River" Jamaica Things to Do Tip by no1birdlady

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  Local man in dugout canoe on the Black River.
by no1birdlady

The Black River is Jamaica's longest river at 70km but is only navigable for 12 miles upstream. It enters the ocean at the town of Black River on Jamaica's sw coast and that is where the boat trips leave from. There are crocodiles along the river and this is Jamaica's only significant refuge for them. In 1996 there were apx. 300 living here. We saw 2 of them lying along the edges. We saw a lot of birds such as N. Jacanas, White-crowned Pigeons, Yellow Warblers, Antillean Palm Swifts, Least Grebes, Purple Gallinules, Loggerhead Kingbirds, Least Bitterns, and Smooth-billed Ani. Local fishermen go out into the swamp in their dugout canoes and put down conical funnel-shaped shrimp pots that are made out of bambooo in the traditional manner of their West African forebearers.

Directions: Boat tours leave from Black River just beyond the bridge over the river in this small town.

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  • Written Nov 20, 2005
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