What to do and see in Port Antonio, Jamaica: The Best Places and Tips

October 22, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Port Antonio is the capital of the parish of Portland on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, about 60 miles (100 km) from Kingston. It had a population of 12,285 in 1982 and 13,246 in 1991. It is the island's third largest port, famous as a shipping point for bananas and coconuts, as well as one of its most important tourist attractions, tourism being a major contributor to the town’s economy.
Restaurants in Port Antonio

1. Reach Falls

East of Port Antonio, Port Antonio, Jamaica +1 876-276-8663
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 640 reviews

Reach Falls

Reviewed By Christine09 - London

Reach Falls are beautiful and its so much fun climbing up them. Our guide book says its strenuous, its not, but you do need beach shoes as the rocks can be tricky. Our guide was great though and even carried our camera, so there are some hilarious pictures of us scrambling through Waterfalls and swimming in the crystal water.

2. Rio Grande

Port Antonio, Jamaica
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 318 reviews

Rio Grande

Reviewed By PabloFabulo - London, United Kingdom

Sometimes our holidays are too hectic as we arent the sort who do resorts, so inject ourselves with some much needed heavy duty relaxation we booked up with Steve, who rafted us 8 miles down the Rio Grande, expert rafting skills. We had some gorgeous swims along the way and stopped off for a bit of delicious Jerk Chick nicely cooked by Miss Belinda. Steve organized our Taxi to pick us up from Hotel and then pick us up again at St Margaret bay at the end of the river. Magic time

3. Frenchman's Cove

Port Antonio, Jamaica
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 778 reviews

Frenchman's Cove

You've always wanted to enjoy elaborate, fruit-flavored cocktails on a beautiful tropical beach, so here's your chance; this beach offers spectacular sand, surf and service.

Reviewed By Dianelg - Los Gatos, California

I visit Frenchman's Cove with a conference, where all group members are made to feel welcome. Some stay at the Great House for direct access to breakfast and our meeting area, some stay in villas with stunning ocean views. For some guests, it would be very helpful to have a golf cart or two to get around. The staff members are very responsive and help our guests navigate the local area. The grounds are maintained beautifully and have informative signs about trees and vegetation.

4. Winifred Beach

Port Antonio, Jamaica
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 376 reviews

Winifred Beach

Reviewed By BZTMAN - Trelawny

first the road has been fixed which is a HUGE plus. despite being a relatively windy day the sea was calm and the water clear. area was relatively clean though at the back they could use some better garbage disposal methods. had excellent fish and bammy, However the price was very steep. Be sure to settle the price of meals BEFORE they start cooking. Generally a great day. One of the few FREE public Beaches left in Portland.

5. Blue Lagoon

Port Antonio, Jamaica 18777679993
Excellent
54%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 705 reviews

Blue Lagoon

Sheltered, white sand beach with calm waters perfect for swimming.

Reviewed By RoamingYardy - Kingston, Jamaica

If you must go to one place in Portland Jamaica, let it be blue lagoon. Getting there from Kingston was a breeze it cost about $500 by country from halfway tree. Once in Port Antonio you can take a regular taxi and they could drop you there . Once there you will be beset upon by men offering tour guide rates. The boat ride was cheaper than rafting but cost can be between $4000 -$6000,
The tour was well worth it as we saw the luxury homes there up close, visited monkey island.
After swimming on the beach you will be directed to a natural spring pool where you can wash off and cool out. To me this was the best part of the trip
Caution: I dont advise visiting there when it rains as that when the eel come out. Yes I said Eels.

6. Boston Beach

Port Antonio, Jamaica
Excellent
47%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 292 reviews

Boston Beach

Watch the young and adventurous surf the waves as you chow down on jerk pork, the Jamaican dish this beach is famous for.

Reviewed By Mmerlot - East Grinstead, United Kingdom

We were staying at Great Huts and soon realized we could swim to the beach, so not worth paying the entry fee. The beach is small, not really clean and the facilities were all closed when we were there. Good for surging not so much for swimming

7. Errol Flynn Marina

Port Antonio, Jamaica +1 876-715-6044
Excellent
32%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 147 reviews

Errol Flynn Marina

Reviewed By Pat H

Lovely, clean and well maintained public marina, great place to walk in for lunch or a snack. They have a beautiful pool for boaters, as well as clean, modern showers and bathrooms.

8. Somerset Falls

4 Just past Hope Bay on Rte. A | Hope Bay, Port Antonio, Jamaica +1 876-913-0046
Excellent
54%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 147 reviews

Somerset Falls

Surrounded by lush greenery, these falls are best approached via gondola.

Reviewed By Candy M - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

It was well worth the 3 hour drive from Runaway Bay. It was my friends' first time in Jamaica. Being from Jamaica myself, I had been there and needed them to experience it. The ride there was beautiful, we stopped and ate.. immersed ourselves in the culture of the locals. Ate what they ate, where they ate and chilled where they chilled ... in passing of course. But Somerset Falls was a great reward at the end of the journey. Please see photos attached. I have videos as well at some point I'll add them.

9. Boston Jerk Centre

Fairy Hill, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Boston Jerk Centre

Boston Jerk Center is an organic, literally home grown, natural mall focused around jerk cooking. It is focused around 7 jerk pits, but jerk, and associated foods, are not the only items for sale there. Fresh fruit juices, or even just fruit, and jewelry are part of the mix, and there's even a resident DJ, DJ Sheppy with his musical shack.

Reviewed By CyndyandByron - Bridgeton, New Jersey

Even Jamaicans from all over the island come to this East Coast Jamaica jerk center. The pork and chicken jerk was good, but the roast breadfruit was extra scrumptious. Steamed fish and lobsters were also available.This is not a restaurant row with linen napkins and tuxedoed waiters, but there are 6 or 8 different jerk stands and people have their favorite. It is not cheap and is usually purchased by the pound, but is a beach experience that travellers in the area should try once.

10. San San Beach

Port Antonio, Jamaica
Excellent
23%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
13%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 139 reviews

San San Beach

Beautiful beach with calm waters protected by a coral reef, perfect for swimming and scuba diving.

Reviewed By islandlorna2 - London, Canada

Just beautiful Enjoyed another beautiful beach in Porty Beautiful view and crystal waters, enjoy !!!

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