Sunday, September 24, 2006

A trip to Alligator Pond

My friend Jan Voordouw of the Panos Institute of the Caribbean and I took a break from journalistic endeavours to travel through Jamaica's still pristine southwestern coast yesterday, spending awhile in the little fishing village of Alligator Pond before taking a remote road along the Caribbean and seeing nary another soul and, indeed, no signs of human habitation at all for many miles. Given such conditions, the area is reportedly a favored point on entry for drugs and firearms coming into Jamaica, the latter of which are increasingly arriving from Haiti, many officials say. It was enjoyable nevertheless to find a part of this heavily touristed island where fishermen can still ply their trade unencumbered by sprawling private hotels, and the gentle hospitality of country people is still the rule of the day.

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