Monkey Island - Just offshore from the Folly Ruins
Monkey Island is situated offshore from the folly ruins. The stretch of water separating the Island from the mainland is very shallow (about ankle deep at low tide) so it is easy to walk across. However, watch your step if you are walking barefoot as the sea bed is dotted with sea urchins (known locally as "sea eggs").
The island gets its name from the colony of monkeys which Alfred Mitchell's explorer son-in-law Hiram Bingham bought in to Jamaica. Rather than keeping the monkeys in his mansion (the now ruined folly mansion), Mitchell let them live on the island.
On the island you will find a well-shaded beach, a small walking trail, a diving platform and great views of the coast.
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