On April 1, 2018, the UDC (Urban Development Center) reopened Walter Fletcher Beach to the public. The Beach is now open from 9 am to 5 pm at a cost of $200Jmd. for children and $500Jmd. for adults. The UDC plans to host the official opening ceremony in the near future and is now accepting venue rental requests.
For over 10 years, Montegionas have referred to the beachfront property as Aqua Sol Theme Park until it closed down on August 8, 2017, by the UDC for renovation and upgrading. The UDC stated that the closure was “… in keeping with our corporate commitment to bringing our recreational facilities on par with global standards of service,”
Although the theme park’s features such as go-karting, snorkeling, ice cream, and restaurants are no longer available, light snacks can be purchased on the property and the beach is currently equipped with change rooms, Life Guards and Security Personnel on duty.
The International renowned beach is known for its beautiful Coral formations that come right up to the shoreline and is home to a variety of marine life including lionfish and turtles. The beach’s calm, bright blue water is perfect for swimming or snorkeling and has been ranked the 49th Best Beach by TripAdvisor located just 15 minutes outside of the city center.
According to the official UDC website … Although The UDC is a Government-owned company, it was taken off the central Government’s Budget in 1987 and is required to be self-financing. The UDC has a combined asset base valued at approximately J$41 Billion, mainly in land and buildings.
‘Since 1968, the UDC has effectively transformed Jamaica’s most viable urban centers and strategic rural towns, whilst preserving the natural environment, traditions, and customs and spurring economic development. The mission of the UDC is to improve the quality of life for citizens in designated areas through the planning and implementation of development projects including physical, secondary and social infrastructure and the delivery of quality service to clients.
The Corporation has also completed numerous Agency projects including those under:
The Comprehensive Rural Township Development Programme (CRTDP)
San Jose Accord for Sports and Culture
Health Services Rationalisation Programme (HSRP)
Schools Building Programme
Police Station Upgrading Programme
The Lift Up Jamaica Programme
The Inner City Renewal Programme
Northwestern Schools Programme
For more information on the UDC contact them at Montego Bay, St. James 42 Fort Street. Telephone: (876) 656-9290 Email: [email protected]