Currently working with a wonderful Jamaican woman at her eco-friendly base in St Margaret’s Bay, Portland. Polly’s place has a special feel, due in large part to the completely authentic Jamaican vibe you find here. Unspoiled.
At the moment we are building some outdoor showers, with the help of Yellow, (the construction guy here) for visitors to use after they swim in the sea or for guests who stay here. We are using stones from the shore as the flooring and recycling old wood and zinc for the walls.
There are three cottages, two small one room cottages and one larger cottage, all with electricity. The larger room has inside bathroom, the other rooms have outdoor bathroom.. Polly continues to recycle materials in much of the building and landscape design on the property. (She also has two rooms available about a quarter mile off the main road, fully furnished with water and electricity). There is a bar on the premises, playing reggae and dancehall on Friday nights with local DJ’s providing the music, and talented youth on the mic.
St Margaret’s Bay appears to have been somewhat overlooked by the Jamaican tourist industry, (thank goodness) most likely because it does not have the ‘pretty’ white sand beaches. It has beautiful black sand, and even more beautiful stones that wash up on some of it's shores. The Charles Town Maroons are very close by in Buff Bay, Slave ships used to come here, and there are amazing stories about the Africans who fought and won their freedom. They are the Charles Town Maroons, who can take you hiking from the sea to the mountains, and teach you about their very important history. http://www.maroons-jamaica.com/q/index.php/component/k2/item/25-about-us
We are collaborating and developing craft products, using driftwood, stones and sustainable materials found close by. Crochet covered rocks to use as paperweights, beaded curtains using local bamboo, driftwood and recycled beads that would otherwise be destined for the landfill.
St Margaret's Bay is a beautiful location, and Polly's Place is a great place to be if you want to learn more about Jamaica and the black history here in a hassle free zone. Support Jamaican entrepreneurs who are working with the environment in positive and progressive ways. Link us here to contact Polly.