Jamaica’s Blue Lagoon is a small inlet off San San Bay in the northeast part of the island, a little east of Port Antonio in Portland Parish.
Legend has it that the Blue Hole is bottomless, but a more scientific approach puts it at about 210 feet deep. Whichever you want to believe, the lagoon’s depth is responsible for its amazing turquoise colour.
The water in the lagoon is brackish, since it is partially fed by a fresh water spring.
There are all sorts of stories about the Blue Lagoon. One is that the actor Errol Flynn would dive to the bottom of it using only a snorkel. Not sure if that one is true!
The inlet was traditionally called the Blue Hole, but the popularity of the 1980s movie The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields (I’m still unclear as to whether any of it was actually filmed here) resulted in its name being changed. In my opinion, this actually helps save some confusion, since there’s a second Blue Hole in Jamaica, a land-locked pool up in the Blue Mountains.
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