Port Antonio Travel Guide

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Port Antonio Highlights

  • Pro
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     Quiet, hassle-free and few tourists. 

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     This may be about to change. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Jamaica's best kept secret...for now. 

Port Antonio Things to Do

  • enjoy the reach falls

    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...

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  • river rafting at rio grande

    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...

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  • Raft ride on the Rio Grande

    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...

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  • Frenchman's Cove

    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...

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  • Visit the Blue Lagoon

    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.

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  • Hiking in the mountains

    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 :-P

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  • Titchfeild Hill

    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...

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  • Walk around

    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...

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  • New waterfront.

    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...

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  • Winnifred beach.

    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,...

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  • Adam and Eve

    Frenchman's Cove: the nature all around looks like a paradise, so my husband and I felt like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (unfortunately just for a moment!!).

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  • A beautiful tropical garden

    In the tropical garden of Frenchman's Cove there are many trees, the same little plants that I try to grow with difficulty at home. I wondered to see them so big in their habitat.

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  • Frenchman's Cove

    Frenchman's Cove is a small bay with a beautiful white beach and a little river sorrounded by a garden that looks like a jungle. Here you can sunbathe hearing the chirp of birds.

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  • The Blue Lagoon

    Imagine a virgin forest that seems to plunge into a bright blue-green sheet of water. This is the Blue Lagoon, even called Blue Hole. The lagoon is about 64 metres deep, but for the romantic souls it is without end.

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  • Frenchman's Cove, just east of...

    Frenchman's Cove, just east of Port Antonio on the main road, is one of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean.

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Port Antonio Hotels

  • Geejam

    San San Po Box 166 Drapers, West Indies, Port Antonio, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Mocking Bird Hill

    Mocking Bird Hill, P.O. Box 254, Port Antonio, Jamaica, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Goblin Hill Villas

    San San Beach, Port Antonio, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Port Antonio Restaurants

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    Frenchman's Cove

    by Joan58 Updated Feb 21, 2003

    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!

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Port Antonio Nightlife

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    by hanspeter_W. Written Mar 6, 2012

    enjoy a local bar....having a rhum-coke or a mud-slide

    mostly jamaican bars are hold by friendly ladies

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Port Antonio Transportation

  • FAST TAXI EVER

    IN THE PORTLAND EVRIONE IS A CAB DRIVER.FROM FRENCHMAN'S COVE TO PORT ANTONIO USD 2DRAPERS - WINNIFRED BEACH USD 2JAMAICANS DRIVES VERY FAST SPECIALLY IN THE SWEEPS,BUT WHEN YOU SCREAM OF FEARTHEY SLOW DOWN.IN A SCHOOLBUS AIMED TO SEAT 14 PERSONS, WE WAS 22.

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  • Well the options are buses or...

    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...

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Port Antonio Local Customs

  • Reggae

    These people live in houses without windows or doors, but there'll be giant speakers on the porch blasting reggae into the jungle. Everywhere you go music, music, music and (thankfully) none of it American (you're definately not in Belize).

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  • Coconut juice.

    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...

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Port Antonio Warnings and Dangers

  • Sunburn

    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...

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  • A Jamaican saying

    '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...

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  • PLEASE be really careful if...

    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...

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Port Antonio Off The Beaten Path

  • Stay at the Famous Frenchman's Cove...

    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...

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  • A local market

    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...

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  • A walk in the jungle

    If you are at Frenchman's Cove, don't remain just on the beach. Going around in the park you'll find many beautiful spots and a luxuriant vegetation.

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Port Antonio Favorites

  • Sustainable Development is local...

    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...

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  • Enchanted places

    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...

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  • Went to some wicked dances and...

    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 etc

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