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Port AntonioJamaica

Still glittering from its years as a glamorous getaway for the stars, this secluded Jamaican town offers the chance to escape the crowds and slow down.

Port Antonio’s remote location on the rugged northeast coast, surrounded by lush mountains on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other, has ensured the pace of life has remained slow and the vibe laid-back. Discover the breathtaking beaches and lush landscapes so commonly associated with Jamaica.

The town first gained fame as a bustling banana port, before becoming a hub for tourism around the turn of the 20th century. Hollywood stars descended decades later, most famously swashbuckling actor Errol Flynn, cementing Port Antonio’s reputation.

Frolic at Frenchman’s Cove beach. This sheltered stretch of sand surrounds a point where a river flows into the sea and is regarded as one of Jamaica’s most beautiful. The beach has even made multiple appearances in films.

Tour the Titchfield Peninsula, where several stately gingerbread-style homes and historic sights are located. Walk down King Street, home to Victorian-era houses that offer a glimpse into Port Antonio’s past. See Fort George, which has been converted into a school, but still sports its defensive cannons.

Float across the aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon, a lake that retains an otherworldly shade of blue due to its depth. Hire a local guide to take you out on the water for the day in a traditional wooden vessel.

Marvel at the massive mistake that is Folly Mansion. This dilapidated grand home was the brainchild of an American millionaire and featured 60 rooms spread over two floors. For reasons still not fully understood, the concrete structure began to crumble shortly after being built and now stands in a fascinating state of disrepair. Nearby sits the candy-striped Folly Point Lighthouse, which has stood as a beacon since the year 1888.

Relax at Reach Falls, an enchanting waterfall located 45 minutes from Port Antonio. This cascade has a naturally formed heart-shaped Jacuzzi and was featured in the film Cocktail.

Fly into Kingston or Montego Bay and take a public bus, private coach, or a rental car to Port Antonio, a town that combines quintessential Caribbean charm with a unique history.

Top Hotels in Port Antonio

Sea Cliff Resort
Sea Cliff Resort
3 out of 5
Ross Craig, Long Bay, Portland
The price is CA $179 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Long Bay Beach and within 9 miles (15 km) of Boston Bay Beach and Reach Falls. Blue Lagoon and Winnifred ...

3.7/5Good! (49 reviews)

"Rustic property. Perfect location for quality time- away from the hustle and bustle of commercial life. No television in the room. Easily connect with the sounds of the ocean’s waves hitting the rocks and the cool breeze that comes with it - no need for air conditioning! No mosquitoes!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Sea Cliff Resort
Bay View Eco Resort & Spa
Bay View Eco Resort & Spa
3 out of 5
Anchovy, Turtle Harbour, Port Antonio, Portland
The price is CA $79 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Situated by the ocean, this spa resort is within 3 miles (5 km) of Portland Parish Church, Port Antonio Square and Musgrave Market. Blue Lagoon and Errol Flynn ...

4/5Very Good! (25 reviews)
over all great stay

"It was a great place to stay! If I could change one thing it would be the water pressure !"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2020

Bay View Eco Resort & Spa
Moon San Villa at the Blue Lagoon
Moon San Villa at the Blue Lagoon
3 out of 5
Blue Hole Road, Drapers, Port Antonio, Portland
The price is CA $215 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Offering direct access to the beach, this Port Antonio hotel is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Blue Lagoon, Winnifred Beach and Boston ...

4.2/5Excellent! (37 reviews)

"Breathtaking view, amazing staff & couldnt ask for a better location"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 13, 2020

Moon San Villa at the Blue Lagoon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Port Antonio

Cozy Locale Inn
Cozy Locale Inn
3 out of 5
15 Cinnamon Avenue, Port Antonio, Portland
The price is CA $76 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Winnifred Beach and Boston Bay Beach. Blue Lagoon and Portland Parish Church are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the amenities offered and the spaciousness of the property. The close proximity to Boston Jerk Center, Blue Lagoon and Frenchman's Cove Beach was really convenient. Looking forward to staying here again."…"

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Cozy Locale Inn
Private Estate, Ocean Views, Fully Staffed, Pool, Sleeps 14 in Villa, Cottage
Private Estate, Ocean Views, Fully Staffed, Pool, Sleeps 14 in Villa, Cottage
San San Estates, Highway A4, Port Antonio, Portland

Situated on the waterfront, this resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Portland Parish Church, Port Antonio Square and Musgrave Market. Errol Flynn Marina and Bikini ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Spectacular View, Stately Villa

"We were 2 families of 5 each with kids ranging in age: 5-15. House is up on a hill, ~1 mile from the main road with a long driveway and a very remote feel. The house is perched on the top of a very lush and tropical hill with an abundance of plants and flowers. Our kids enjoyed walking on the paths ..."…"

Reviewed on May 4, 2018

Private Estate, Ocean Views, Fully Staffed, Pool, Sleeps 14 in Villa, Cottage
NEW Little Cottage-big View
NEW Little Cottage-big View
47 Williamsfield, Port Antonio, Portland
The price is CA $116 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within 6 miles (10 km) of Blue Lagoon, Portland Parish Church and Port Antonio Square. Winnifred Beach and Musgrave Market ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Couldn’t ask for more!

"Every time we stay in this cottage it gets better and better! This time we were able to see so many hummingbirds throughout the property and even feed them!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2020

NEW Little Cottage-big View
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Port Antonio

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

Loved Portland!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 14, 2020

Portland, Port Antonio is a Diamond in the rough. This seaside town is underdeveloped on the tourist sector, but very authentic country town feel. The Beaches n Rivers, People, Natural Beauty, and Food are the Diamonds.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 5, 2020

We love Port Antonio. It is the only parish we spend time in. Lush, green, and beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 14, 2019

Take a raft ride at the Blue Lagoon!

5/5 - Excellent

Kim

Oct 26, 2018

This place is post card perfect. Visit the various beaches and definitely the Blue Lagoon. Port Antonio has become a favorite.

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