At first glance, the ramshackle fishing village of ALLIGATOR POND is not one of the most attractive spots on the south coast. But if you’re passing, it’s worth stopping to get the feel of a part of Jamaica pretty much unsullied by tourism, and to eat some superb seafood. Where the main road into Alligator Pond opens up into an unofficial town square, a dirt road to the right leads to several small shacks selling lobster and fish fresh from the boats.

There’s no tourism scene here as such, but there’s a bar at the water’s edge, and local families arrive at the weekends for a day on the beach. It’s also a great spot for watching the sunset – or the moonrise over the hills, which slip down to the sea in the unmistakeable shape of an alligator’s head.

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