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“Quirky activity” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pelican Bar

Pelican Bar
in the Caribbean Ocean | 1/2 mi nw of, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
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Cuisines: Seafood
Description: #1 ranking in several Lonely Planet categories! In many YouTube videos also
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Description: #1 ranking in several Lonely Planet categories! In many YouTube videos also
Sydney, Australia
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Quirky activity”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

It's worth the trip to the Pelican bar - fun little bar on a sandbank so you can swim around while you have a red stripe. We hired a boat for US$70 near the Golden Sands hotel and took the 30-40 min trip. It was fun but quite choppy however coming home was quite scary and dangerous. Make sure it is a really calm day before you take this option. We found out later that you can drive down to a point and take a shorter boat trip out - our hotel was charging US$80 (for 2 pax). Have a few beers and a swim out there - fun way to spend a couple of hours.

Visited March 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Fun at a restaurant bar built on a reef in the sea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This restaurant bar is about a half mile off the south west coast of Jamaica near Black River a former sugar port where you can go on safari to see crocodiles. I travelled here from Negril with Reggae Tours on March 14 2013. This is an excellent ground transfer and tour company.

The trip from Treasure Beach to the bar is by a 30 open foot fishing boat with an outboard. The trip takes 7 minutes each way. The menu is limited either lobster with rice or grilled fresh caught fish. Divers spear fish from the reef to order that are then immediately grilled.

The restaurant is decorated with flags and car licence plates from around the world. So bring your own to help add to the collection. Guests have carved their names on almost every possible surface. Bring a hat, swim shoes and snorkel gear. There are a lot of fish, stingrays and offer sea life to be seen as well as lots of pelicans.

The bar is very rustic and a lot of fun. Its busy but i enjoyed socializing with guests from many different countries as well as some locals. It gets very hot on nearby Treasure Beach as well as on the deck of the bar. The sun is very strong here and it doesn't take long to get a sun burn.

The drive from Negril to Black River was on rough roads with lots of road reconstruction underway. The going was slow at times but it was an enjoyable trip. I also visited the YS Falls and zip lines on the same trip. This took a full day from 8-5 to complete.

This is a really unique place and I highly recommend it as a place to visit and enjoy lunch. I travelled here with my wife and teenaged daughters. My teenagers loved this place but I don't think I'd bring young children here. Like the beach in Negril you will smell and perhaps see people using marijuana at this restaurant/ bar. The ganja smokers were discreet while we were there but the odour was strong. Don't go here if you object to having to smell marijuana smoke.
In fact if the odour bothers you you may want to Cuba instead of Jamaica.

The staff are very friendly and helpful. The boat men and the spear fishers were very cool and funny. We enjoyed a lot of laughs on the boat rides. The boats were rustic too but they worked well and the boat men were excellent operators and the boat rides were safe and comfortable. The boat rides also offer some great photo opportunities.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hartford, Connecticut
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“It's gotten pricey and crowded”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Time was when Pelican Reef was a kicky place for a few people to have a simple meal of fish and peas-and-rice. Nowadays it hardly serves food at all, and there maybe several dozen who have come for drinks and chat. As one might expect, Floyd has raised prices to what the considerable traffic will bear.
It's still a fun trip down the Treasure Beach coast (a bit more than a half-hour from our Hikaru at Billy's Bay, a bit more from Jakes at Calabash Bay).
But: Keep an eye on the weather. There can be quite an afternoon breezy chop on the water. If you've come from Black River, as some do, it's downwind back. If you've come from Treasure Beach, it can be a choppy ride home. On a very windy day, stay home

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Peterborough, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Unique!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

This has been on my list for a couple years now, finally made it! Love the drive from Negril, lots to see and we stopped along the way to check out different areas. Took the boat ride from Black River area rather than Treasure beach as it was getting late in the day. Pelican Bar is definitely a cool, unique little place. Laid around watching the sea, snorkelled for awhile...had a chill time for sure! Had a couple drinks but didn't eat so I can't comment on the food. Interesting to look at the items left by people, the names & comments carved and written on every plank of wood! Glad we went!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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“Daytime drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Hired the owner of a boat to take us out to the Pelican Bar for some drinks on a beautiful afternoon. Drinks are pricy compared to elsewhere in Treasure Beach, which I suppose is to be expected. Still, a super fun place to hang out with friends!

Visited February 2013
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