Quiet, hassle-free and few tourists.
This may be about to change.
Jamaica's best kept secret...for now.
Reach Falls (sometimes spelled Reich Falls) is the most natural and undeveloped large waterfall in Jamaica. The main waterfall is about seven meters high and 20 meters wide, falling in to a large pool below. It is here that scenes from the Tom Cruise movie cocktail were filmedThe scenery surrounding Reach Falls is stunning and showcases natural...more
Torrential rains rushing down from the Blue Mountains feed the Rio Grande River. Bamboo rafts where originally used to transport produce, especially bananas, from the interior of the island.The legendary Hollywood star, Errol Flynn, who made Port Antonio his home, introduced rafting for fun. Today Rio Grande Rafting is an established attraction...more
Errol Flynn allegedly created river rafting in Jamaica on this river, this was our 2nd or 3rd time doing one of these trips and our guide was the least personable one that we've had. The raft ride was much longer than the one we did on the Martha Brae River but it's the same principle, you sit on a little bench at the back end of the bamboo raft...more
Our 2nd stop was at Frenchman's Cove, a small beach near Port Antonio. For our group they had a buffet lunch served, for everyone else there were just beach chairs and loungers, I presume for a small fee. The cove is a lovely place to go for a dip in the water or relax on the beach, there was nothing in the water that required water shoes although...more
Our visit to the Blue Lagoon was just a brief stop, we didn't even have time to take a quick dip. Tour guides stop you here because it has been used as a film location for several movies including "Cocktail", "Club Paradise", "Mighty Quinn" and "The Blue Lagoon" but there was no one in the water and big signs saying swim at your own risk.more
The mountains around Port Antonio not only provide for a spectacular backdrop to the city, but they make a great place to get away from the city too.Spend a day and hike in the mountains and take off a little weight you may have put on by just lazing on the beaches all day :-Pmore
One hundred years ago (give or take) Titchfeild peninsula used to be an exclusive gated community for the wealthy. These days though the houses on Titchfeild peninsula are old and run down, as illustrated in the opposite picture. Up here you will find several guesthouses, including the one we stayed at, Ivanhoes. As well, a tiny military base and a...more
Though Port Antonio's main draw is it's ideal location for exploring the mountains, rafting down the rio or just lazing at the beach all day, since you are here get out and see the city.The cities main landmarks are the clocktower, the georgian courthouse and an interesting looking mall that has several architectural styles mixed. It's pretty neat...more
Port Antonio has a newly redesigned waterfront area complete with benches, walkways and spaces to park yaghts. It is a nice quite place to take a short stroll or eat some lunch. When I was in Port A. there was no restaurant on the waterfront, but apparently a nice seafood restaurant called Norma's has recently opened here (thanks Island_luv for...more
About 8 or 10km east of Port Antonio is Winnifred beach. You couldn't make a better choice in choosing a beach in the Port A area to spend the day at. Though Winnifred is technically a public beach, and hence should be free of charge, I came across a fellow claiming that he cleans the beach and I should pay him to get in. If you meet such a person,...more
San San Po Box 166 Drapers, West Indies, Port Antonio, Caribbean
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Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
San San Beach, Port Antonio, Caribbean
Good for: Couples
At Frenchman's Cove there is a little tipical restaurant on the beach. Just a cabin with some tables on the sand.
Favorite Dish: We found the restaurant a little expensive, so we drank just a beer and went without lunch. Anyway the grilled fish dishes were really tempting!
enjoy a local bar....having a rhum-coke or a mud-slide
mostly jamaican bars are hold by friendly ladies
Well the options are buses or taxi, be prepared to sit on a strangers knee in a taxi or mini bus, this is perfectly normal, you share taxi's and hail them from the side of the street. Be aware that the driving has a high degree of creative licence and expect an interesting ride on the 'wrong' side of the road, due to very rough surfaces (again...more
208 Reviews and Opinions
Throughout Jamaica you will find street-side vendors selling what they call 'jelly'. Jelly is basically frozen/frosted coconut juice, and when bought from street vendors typically comes in a plastic bag of some sort, making it awkward to drink. Sometimes street vendors also just have coconuts and machetes, they split it for you, and you drink...more
Yeah yeah, we all know to put on sunscreen when being exposed to the sun, and I willingly adhere to this as I would rather not get skin cancer. Well let me just say that even on overcast days, when the sun doesn't seem much of a threat, you can still get good and burnt. I used sunscreen, but figured, hey, its cloudy out why put more one, the clouds...more
'June too soon, July stand by, August prepare you must, September remember, October all over'. This is the hurricane season. In 1988 hurricane Gilbert passed over Jamaica and caused great damage. The Blue Lagoon Restaurant was completely destroyed. The restaurant was rebuilt in 1995 and is a nice construction made of stone and wood. At the entrance...more
PLEASE be really careful if swimming if you are on a non tourist beach, the locals are used to the dangers, but you DO NEED TO BE CAREFUL, for example, near me was a beach called Runaway bay, many, many tourists have died here and yet I had it recommended to me, it was the family I stayed with who would not let us go. The only other things I would...more
Everyone talks about going to Frenchman's Cove Beach and what a beautiful and amazing experience, but you can actually stay at the Frenchman's Cove Resort with 17 Villas that surround that famous Cove hidden within the lush vegetation that makes up the 45-acre property. For as little as $130 per night, you can have a private, adventurous holiday or...more
To visite tourist places is interesting and fun, but the most absorbing experience is to be among the local people. In Port Antonio I went around Musgrave Market. I have no pictures of this market because I felt a little embarassed to take pictures or to film the real life of people living here. They seemed don't notice a group of tourists, but I...more
The Port Antonio Community is seeking to support local development as it struggles for tourism in competition with the "all-inclusive gated-resort" message that is so well ingrained in the Jamaican marketing message. A beautiful area like Port Antonio is considered "too unsafe" for tourists and this message is being reinforced by the large resorts...more
At Port Antonio there isn't mass tourism. East of the town there are some expensive holiday villages and private residences. Now they are trying to promote the tourism and organized tours on the Rio Grande, when you can sail down the river rafting for three hours. I didn't do it, but it has to be a wonderful experience by hearsay. Just one week on...more
Went to some wicked dances and saw some excellant local Mc's, in Priestman's river and POrt Antonio, Celebrated Jamaican independence day in Port Antonia which was really great.. Didn't visit any restaurants, just ate good home cooking, oh yes went to a little cafe hut near Dragon Bay. The people, meeting some interesting musicians/rappers etcmore