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Top Choice Seafood in Black River

Cloggy’s on the Beach

This beachside joint is your best culinary bet in Black River; it’s an all-round pleaser with a relaxed vibe, great bar ambience and excellent seafood. Try a cup of conch soup for a revelation, and follow that up wi…
Memorial in Black River

Zong Massacre Memorial

Virtually unnoticed by passers-by, this is a memorial to what came to be known as the Zong massacre – the throwing overboard of 133 African slaves by the crew of the slave ship Zong in 1781 for insurance purposes. T…
Church in Black River

Parish Church of St John the Evangelist

There has been a church on this spot since the early 1700s, though its current incarnation, built from yellow bricks shipped from England, was completed in 1837. Inside there are handsome mahogany pews, and a plaque…
Historic Building in Black River

Magdala House

This beautiful two-story Victorian building with decorative fretwork was built in the 1890s for Thomas Leyden, one half of the Leyden and Farquharson Shipping Company that ensured Black River's prosperity for decade…
Bridge in Black River

Iron Bridge

Immediately east of Main St is an old iron bridge, once known as the Imperial bridge, as it was constructed with materials from different corners of the British Empire. It's a good spot for watching American crocodi…
Notable Building in Black River

Waterloo Great House

This elegant townhouse, a splendid example of the Jamaican vernacular style, with a shady wraparound veranda and jalousies, once belonged to John Leyden, the logging magnate whose family transformed this town. In 18…
Notable Building in Black River

Invercauld Great House

Built in 1894 by Thomas Patrick Leyden, the son of shipping magnate John Leyden, Invercauld is a beautiful Georgian building with gabled roofs, bay windows and decorative fretwork. Afterwards it belonged to the Farq…
Jamaican in Black River

Waterloo Great House

There’s a raffish quality to the colonial bar inside the Waterloo Great House that looks like it could have sprung from a Graham Greene novel. Good for a drink or big portions of typical Jamaican standards, as well …
Seafood in Black River

Sister Lou’s River Stop

The fact that this is a popular tour-boat stop for croc-spotters hasn't impacted negatively on the taste of Sister Lou's stuffed crab backs and pepper shrimp at a shack that looks like it's been part of the landscap…
Jamaican in Black River

Tasty Foods

This warehouse, left over from Black River's trading boom, is now home to a sweet eatery where you can chow down on ackee and saltfish for breakfast and brown stew fish, oxtail and chicken in various guises the rest…