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“Nice Hike” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Navy Island

Navy Island
Off the coast of Port Antonio, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Ranked #12 of 17 Attractions in Port Antonio
Type: Beaches, Islands
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Nice Hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Wear better shoes than flip flops. There are rough trails and they are continuously overrun with jungle. Not sure if there are actual caretakers to the property once owned by the later actor Errol Flynn. Portions of a ruined resort, as well as Flynn's home/pool are still visible and accessible, but beware of dangers due to rotting wood, hornets nest...A "rasta" makes his home somewhere on the island, so don't be surprised if he emerges from the vines. He may try to sell you something or trade.

Visited March 2013
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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Navy Island - So much potential”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I enjoyed trekking to the beach on the far side...It was beautiful. I also enjoyed the beautiful views of the rest of Port Antonio from there.

Visited January 2013
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“An old Navy base”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Apparently there is an old abandoned hotel but not a lot else - you might get a local to take you but no idea what for

Visited March 2012
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Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica
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“glad we survived to tell the tale”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

navy island is an uninhabited tropical island 10 minutes travel time by kayak off the coast of port antonio jamaica.the leeward side of the island is an important nesting site for a large population of egrets,wheras the windward side is difficult to traverse as the terrain consists primarily of sharp coral rock.the island was formerly owned by the notorious hollywood film star errol flynn who according to the local newspaper,the daily gleaner on his death commented,"he loved more women,drank more booze and got into more scrapes than anyone in the history of hollywood". after flynns demise the property reverted to a funky boutique hotel with adjoining privately owned cottages,,but for the last 20 years the property has been reclaimed by the jungle..my neighbor rueben and i bicycled our infatable kyaks to a nearby coastal beach park (the erroll flynn marina) and set off on the short paddle cross the harbour channel and decided to explore the ruinate and soak up some of its debaucherous history.Feeling adventurous,we decided to circle the entire island along its coast,traveling clockwise from our landing site..the first half is easy traveling past abandoned villas and deserted beaches..upon reaching the coral headlanes however all but the most rugged footwear is soon shredded..unprepared in our lightwait water socks,we headed inland whereupon we discovered a giant tortoise shell illegally poached for the meat..after some debate,we decided to carry it home and headed inland to what appeared to be an abandoned golf course whose grass had grownabout 5 feet tallso only ones head could be seen..take two steps and the undergrowth sucked the shoes off your feet..now the midday tropical sun was starting to take its toll and we slowly reversed and sought relief in a thicket of dwarf almond trees with exposed roots similar to mangroves..this was even more difficult terrain..at one point i fell among the roots and couldnt extract myself without reubens help..both exhausted,we decided the torrtoise shell was a curse and we abandoned it..continuing only by scrambling along the tops of the dwarf almonds..eventually we spotted a small coconut palm..picked 2 and smashed them qpen against a rock..revived,we found an overgrown path..then a wild gros michel banana tree appeared and we gorged ourselves,laughing like madmen..another hour along abandoned paths and we were back to our boats....and giving thanks...

Visited August 2011
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