Port Antonio awaits: its beaches, rafting, culture, and more!

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.

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Beaches, Rafting and Culture

Top Hotels in Port Antonio

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Great Huts
3 out of 5
8-10 Boston Bay, Port Antonio, Portland
$60
per night
Sep 19 - Sep 20
4.5/5Wonderful! (91 reviews)

This Port Antonio resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Boston Bay Beach, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Reach Falls and Somerset Falls.

4.5/5Wonderful! (91 reviews)

"Great Huts is a gorgeous rustic property. I love how natural the setting feels and that they truly incorporated the beauty of nature within the property. The Snake Trail is incredible along the cliffs, with beautiful views of the ocean and a great view of the sunrise (I was there in August, I know ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Great Huts
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Jamaica Palace Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Williamsfield, Port Antonio, Portland
$112
per night
Sep 19 - Sep 20
3.4/5Good! (66 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Blue Lagoon and within 6 mi (10 km) of Port Antonio Square and Musgrave Market. Errol Flynn Marina ...

3.4/5Good! (66 reviews)

"My stay there was very relaxing and i love the decor of my room. The staffs was very pleasant and welcoming, i fell in love with 3 person there.. Fred, yanique and the older lady in the dining area(i can't remember her name). Sorry im not that good with names. 1 issue i have is they need more jamaican ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Jamaica Palace Hotel
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Goblin Hill Villas at San San
3 out of 5
San San, Port Antonio, Portland
$152
per night
Sep 19 - Sep 20
4.3/5Excellent! (63 reviews)

This family-friendly Port Antonio resort is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Winnifred Beach and Boston Bay Beach. Musgrave Market and Errol Flynn ...

4.3/5Excellent! (63 reviews)

"Loved the ocean view, cleanliness, and open space Loved that the staff was friendly, available but at the same time stayed out if the way. Didn't like there was no clothes iron in my room. The safe was also paid to use without clear instructions how."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Goblin Hill Villas at San San

Popular things to do in Port Antonio

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
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Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park

4.5/5 (33 Ratings)

The backdrop to Jamaica’s lovely beaches is this large park, featuring lush rainforests scented with the fragrance of coffee plants.

Winnifred Beach
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Winnifred Beach

4.5/5 (22 Ratings)

Discover a lovely vacation location, with white sands, crystal seas and friendly smiles, away from tourist hubs in Portland Parish.

Holywell Park
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Holywell Park

Quietly observe the peaceful, lush beauty of Jamaica’s mountains in this retreat that provides the perfect daytrip from bustling Kingston.

National Gallery of Jamaica
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National Gallery of Jamaica

4.5/5 (28 Ratings)

Discover the most famous Jamaican artists of the last 100 years in the oldest museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. 

Somerset Falls
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Somerset Falls

4.5/5 (35 Ratings)

The songs of tropical birds fill the air as you wind your way through a narrow gorge to secluded cascades with natural pool.

Bob Marley Museum
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Bob Marley Museum

4.5/5 (109 Ratings)

Learn how a poor Jamaican man from Trench Town became an international pop star thanks to his thought-provoking lyrics and feel-good reggae music.

Top activities in Port Antonio

Bob Marley Museum in Kingston & Blue Mountain Coffee Tour
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Bob Marley Museum in Kingston & Blue Mountain Coffee Tour

$164

Discover Jamaica's majestic Blue Mountains and visit Bob Marley in Jamaica's capital, Kingston on this day-long tour. Make a brief stop at National Heroes Circle and The National Stadium to take pictures with a life-size statue of Bob Marley.

Green Grotto Cave Excursion
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Green Grotto Cave Excursion

$69

Descend beneath the earth's surface for a chance to explore the Green Grotto Caves—underground passages filled with mystery and adventure. One of Jamaica's most popular natural attractions, these caves offer a fascinating look at the island's distinctive geology and history.

Excursion to the Bamboo Blu Beach Club
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Excursion to the Bamboo Blu Beach Club

$45

Unwind to the sound of sea waves and swaying palms as you relax at the Bamboo Blu Beach Club, the hidden jewel of Ocho Rios. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation as you stretch out on the soft, white sands of the private beach, enjoy a game of volleyball, and indulge in Jamaican cuisine.

Jamaican Capital City Tour with Bob Marley Museum
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Jamaican Capital City Tour with Bob Marley Museum

$235

Fall head over heels for Jamaica's laid-back island vibes during a guided tour of its largest and most populous city. Join a local guide and unlock Kingston's endless charms with stops at sightseeing destinations like Spanish Town, Kingston Harbour, Devon House, El Centro, and the Bob Marley Museum.

Blue Hole & Island Gully Waterfall Adventure with Lunch
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Blue Hole & Island Gully Waterfall Adventure with Lunch

$70

Set off for a day of adventure in paradise, with a trip to the magnificent Blue Hole and Island Gully Falls, which is nestled in the hills of Ocho Rios. Whether you are looking for an adventure or a relaxing time, we have options for you.

Private Kingston Day Trip From Ocho Rios
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Private Kingston Day Trip From Ocho Rios

$150

After morning pickup from your Ocho Rios hotel, travel in an air-conditioned private vehicle south through the forest of Fern Gully. Keep your camera handy for photo ops as you cross through the mountains.

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