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Port Antonio
& Northeast Coast
Sleepy Portland parish is the least developed resort area in Jamaica, and the most rugged
and scenic. Forested mountains with deep gorges and rushing rivers beckon hikers. Along the
coast, the surf rolls into perfect beach-lined coves. Pocket-sized beaches line the shore.
The beauty of Portland cannot be overstated. But the parish, long considered ‘the next
big thing’ in Jamaican tourism, struggles to attract its rightful share of tourists. Several of
the area’s attractions have closed for want of visitors; others have been put on hold, awaiting ‘redevelopment.’ A new cruise-ship marina is underused. However, Portland remains a
forward-thinking place. It’s the first parish in Jamaica to adopt the Green Globe 21 program
() principles, which mandate sustainable environmental and social
practices. The parish council will be first to tell you that, in Portland, the future is green.

Hugging the coast to the southeast of Port Antonio is a succession of appealing communities: Fairy Hill is famous for its gentle beaches, Boston Bay for its burgeoning surf
scene and famous jerk cuisine. Long Bay, with its dramatic setting and mellow vibe, has
a countercultural appeal, making it irresistible for navelgazers and stargazers alike. Further
off the beaten track you’ll find unspoiled fishing villages where travelers can ease into a
laid-back local lifestyle.
HIGHLIGHTS
„ Port Antonio Wander the streets in Jamaica’s most picturesque town (p124)
„ Frenchman’s Cove Watch an afternoon disappear on a sublime white-sand beach next to a

freshwater stream (p133)
„ Rio Grande Valley Drift merrily merrily

merrily merrily on a raft down the Rio
Grande past the former banana plantations
in this verdant valley (p139)
„ Kwaaman and Tacky Waterfalls Contem-

plate these wonderful primordial falls from
the pools below (p143)
„ Boston Bay Stuff your face with fine Jamai-

Kwaaman &
Tacky
Waterfalls
Frenchman's
Cove
Port Antonio

Boston
Bay

Rio Grande
Valley

can jerk and shred some waves with local
surfers (p137)

„ AREA: 820 SQ KM

„ PORT ANTONIO DEC AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE: 28°C

PORT ANTONIO &
NORTHEAST COAST

The only town of any size is Port Antonio. With a lively market and an interesting collection of Georgian buildings mixed with tin-roofed shacks, ‘Portie’ is lively by day and peaceful
by night. Inland are lush expanses of tropical rain forest and the Rio Grande Valle...
PORT ANTONIO &
NORTHEAST COAST
lonelyplanet.com
Sleepy Portland parish is the least developed resort area in Jamaica, and the most rugged
and scenic. Forested mountains with deep gorges and rushing rivers beckon hikers. Along the
coast, the surf rolls into perfect beach-lined coves. Pocket-sized beaches line the shore.
The beauty of Portland cannot be overstated. But the parish, long considered ‘the next
big thing’ in Jamaican tourism, struggles to attract its rightful share of tourists. Several of
the area’s attractions have closed for want of visitors; others have been put on hold, await-
ing ‘redevelopment.’ A new cruise-ship marina is underused. However, Portland remains a
forward-thinking place. It’s the first parish in Jamaica to adopt the Green Globe 21 program
(www.greenglobe21.com) principles, which mandate sustainable environmental and social
practices. The parish council will be first to tell you that, in Portland, the future is green.
The only town of any size is Port Antonio. With a lively market and an interesting collec-
tion of Georgian buildings mixed with tin-roofed shacks, ‘Portie’ is lively by day and peaceful
by night. Inland are lush expanses of tropical rain forest and the Rio Grande Valley, one of
Jamaica’s best territories for hiking, bird-watching and other outdoor pursuits.
Hugging the coast to the southeast of Port Antonio is a succession of appealing com-
munities: Fairy Hill is famous for its gentle beaches, Boston Bay for its burgeoning surf
scene and famous jerk cuisine. Long Bay, with its dramatic setting and mellow vibe, has
a countercultural appeal, making it irresistible for navelgazers and stargazers alike. Further
off the beaten track you’ll find unspoiled fishing villages where travelers can ease into a
laid-back local lifestyle.
Port Antonio
& Northeast Coast
AREA: 820 SQ KM
PORT ANTONIO DEC AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE: 28°C
HIGHLIGHTS
Port Antonio Wander the streets in Jamaica’s most picturesque town ( p124 )
Frenchman’s Cove Watch an afternoon disappear on a sublime white-sand beach next to a
freshwater stream ( p133 )
Rio Grande Valley Drift merrily merrily
merrily merrily on a raft down the Rio
Grande past the former banana plantations
in this verdant valley ( p139 )
Kwaaman and Tacky Waterfalls Contem-
plate these wonderful primordial falls from
the pools below ( p143 )
Boston Bay Stuff your face with fine Jamai-
can jerk and shred some waves with local
surfers (p137)
Waterfalls
Tacky
Kwaaman &
Cove
Frenchman's
Port Antonio
Valley
Rio Grande
Bay
Boston
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