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Whether you find yourself dipping your toes in Frenchman’s Cove, swimming under the rejuvenating waters of Reach Falls, drifting down the Rio Grande on a bamboo raft or dancing to the rhythms of street parties, night clubs and ska bars, you’ll discover that Portland is a elf-made mecca of natural attractions, bona fide Jamaican culture and insider cool.

  • Frenchman’s Cove

    Frenchman’s Cove

    A few minutes drive from Geejam brings you to Frenchman’s Cove, named by Conde Nast Traveler as being “probably the prettiest beach on the island.” Its freshwater stream pours into the sea to create an invigorating sensation while swimming in naturally heated seawater together with the coolness of the spring.

  • Blue Lagoon

    Blue Lagoon

    The neighboring Blue Lagoon is gorgeously situated in a protected alcove and is probably the most romantic place to swim on the island. Bring goggles to fully appreciate the plethora of abundant sea life.

  • Winnifred Beach

    Winnifred Beach

    Located in the idyllic village of Fairy Hill, Winnifred Beach, also known as the Rasta beach is a popular local hangout. The Rastafarians who keep it in pristine condition can cook you a mean Ital stew!

  • Rio Grande

    Rio Grande

    One of the more coveted outings in Port Antonio is rafting down the gently winding Rio Grande. What was once a means of transporting banana crops from the local plantations to Port Antonio’s bustling harbor became a popular leisure activity of Hollywood icon Errol Flynn and his guests. Today, experienced guides will share their knowledge about the river and its ecosystem and steer you to Belinda’s Riverside Canteen for an authentic Jamaican meal.

  • Reach Falls

    Reach Falls

    Reach Falls is ranked as one of Jamaica’s more exceptionally situated waterfalls. Located on Driver’s River, the falls are sheltered by virgin rainforest and accentuated by crystal clear rock pools, lovely bamboo stands and draping vines. Reach Falls has been the location for more than one Hollywood film, not the least of which was Roger Donaldson’s 1988 popular film Cocktail starring Tom Cruise.

  • Errol Flynn Marina

    Errol Flynn Marina

    Named in memory of the iconic film star who called Port Antonio home, the Errol Flynn Marina is a reminder of our town’s fashionable Hollywood heyday. Take a stroll down the boardwalk and imagine taking a trip back in time to an era when cargo ships used to unload bananas during Port Antonio’s boomtown years. Visitors can enjoy delicious homemade ice cream from Devon House or indulge in a refreshing cocktail at Marybelle’s Pub.

  • Rum Bars

    Rum Bars

    They say it’s not a proper rum bar if you can’t play dominoes and order a glass of fiery overproof white rum. There are several open-air bars in the area where visitors can take in the local scene while imbibing a delicious blend of rum punch, mixed drinks or in keeping with the true spirit, drinking the rum straight with no chaser.

  • Walkabout

    Walkabout

    Sample the catch of the day at fishing outposts along Folly Road, shop at craft markets, art galleries, supermarkets in Port Antionio’s commercial center, or enjoy a sunset promenade at Errol Flynn Marina or along Harbour Street where local vendors sell cold coconut jellies and other Jamaican treasures.

Local Cuisine

    • Boston Jerk Centre

      Boston Jerk Centre

      Jerk seasoning is one of Jamaica’s most prized culinary inventions and Portland offers some of the best tasting recipes hands-down. Just a short drive from Geejam is Jamaica’s famous Boston Jerk Centre, where you can taste the pimento, scotch bonnet pepper, herbs and spices in the air before ever taking a bite.

    • Piggy’s Jerk Centre

      Piggy’s Jerk Centre

      They say the best jerk chicken is at Piggy’s, a “shack” right in the heart of Port Antonio. Piggy’s chicken is so juicy and perfectly spiced, you may want to go more than once. Make sure to try the festival as well, which is achieves a perfect balance of crunchy shell and doughy center. Portland is known as the “birthplace of jerk,” Piggy’s exemplifies that claim. They also serve fresh fish, and delicious sides such as rice and peas, grilled vegetables, and a mouth-watering fish soup.

    • Soosoomba Vegetarian Restaurant

      Soosoomba Vegetarian Restaurant

      Owner Sista P is a Rasta elder who has worked diligently in the local community for years, and approaches her championing of vegetarian eating and its dietary health benefits with the same vigour and selflessness that she does in all of her endeavors. The one-stop, hands-down full-time vegetarian menu is a must and just an hour’s drive away in Hope Bay. Your body will thank you, and you will thank yourself.

    • Jah T’s Fry Fry

      Jah T’s Fry Fry

      The latest night food available or perhaps it should be called early morning food is in the Breastworks square heading south out of Port Antonio towards Moore Town. Jah T’s modest cook shop is sometimes open as day light heralds depending upon the steady flow of drinkers, clubbers, and party people still traveling home. Jah T, a Rasta elder, describes his food as ‘late night candle food.’
      The cooking is simple and mouth-watering, prepared on coal stoves and terrific either hot, freshly out of the pot or cooler from his glass display case on the counter. The fish dishes, plantains and dumplings are all cooked in coconut oil and especially the freshly grated local supply. His mix of dumplings, plantain, salt fish, and ackee with steamed vegetables are bar none, at any hour of the day or night.

    • Cliff Hanger

      Cliff Hanger

      Named for its dramatic location, Cliff Hanger sits atop a sea cliff, 80 feet above the waves so that it literally appears to be hanging from the cliffs. Sip on a house-made cocktail at the well-appointed bar while enjoying an expansive view of the horizon. Then indulge in a delicious meal of seasonal specials such as fresh red snapper, honey curried shrimp, lobster sweet shells, and Cliff Hanger’s signature platter, Drunken Lionfish – named because it’s simmered in both white wine and Red Stripe beer, a heady mix indeed. This relaxing enclave, where it almost feels like you’re at the edge of the world, promises to capture both your imagination and your appetite in equal measure.

    • Soldier Camp

      Soldier Camp

      The story behind Solider Camp is as intriguing as its name. When Everold Daley, an ex-US army man who had been based for years in New York, returned to Jamaica, he found a lot of the local restaurant cooking to be bland, and their usage of low-quality cooking oils and MSG unacceptable. So he decided to open a restaurant that served the kind of food he would enjoy. His charming 20 seat interior-to-exterior restaurant is highlighted by military signage, flags, and insignia. One of the favorite items on the menu is crayfish cooked in fresh coconut milk, brought in daily from the Rio Grande by local fisherman. You can also opt for the curry goat or baked chicken, which is incredibly succulent and almost drips off the bone. The curried shrimp is wonderfully flavorful, and best enjoyed when accompanied by a cold beer or a ‘bring your own’ wine libation.

    • Cynthia’s

      Cynthia’s

      Cynthia and Painta have been running this bar/restaurant combo on Winnifred beach for 16 years, feeding local Port Antonians who flock to the beach every holiday and weekend, and large numbers of visitors from abroad, many of them repeat guests who have come to love the natural calm of the beach and Cynthia’s excellent Jamaican cuisine. You can choose to have your chicken, fish or lobster (when in season) prepared to your liking. The steamed fish is excellent, as are the brown stew, fried, and grilled fish offerings. Enjoy sides of roasted breadfruit, plantain, callaloo, steamed cabbage, chopped raw vegetables or a simple salad. Basically, anything you order is satisfaction guaranteed.

    • Portland Jerk Centre

      Portland Jerk Centre

      There’s no better place to sample true jerk dish than in Port Antonio, the spiritual capital and birthplace of the original preparation technique. For a real experience in local jerk – cooked long and slow over smoldering green pimiento twigs – head to the Jerk Centre, which is a popular favorite of Port Antonio locals. Treat yourself to the Scotch bonnet infused dishes, so delicious and fiery, you may need to wash it down with a Red Stripe beer. In addition to jerk, there’s an assortment of cooked meals, tasty baked goods, and snacks. The best part is that it keeps long hours for hungry citizens looking to satisfy a late night craving.

    • Belinda’s Riverside Restaurant

      Belinda’s Riverside Restaurant

      One of the best parts of taking a luxurious rafting ride down the Rio Grande is a stop-off for lunch at Belinda’s Riverside Restaurant. Belinda runs this small eatery under a rustic-looking palm frond roof with bamboo supports just as her mother Betty did for decades before. She continues the tradition of cooking some of the most delicious local dishes, including her signature Crayfish Coconut Rundown, which is made from the juice of grated coconut- simmered to create a thick sauce-curry powder, fresh herbs, and just a hint of Scotch bonnet pepper; the blend creates a burst of mouthwatering flavors. Also highly recommended are her curried or fricassee chicken – the chickens are organically reared in Belinda’s home yard, the herbs and seasonings are all locally grown too – the result is one of the most flavorsome plates you can imagine. All meals come with an expansive array of sides from fried plantain to roast breadfruit, rice and peas and even a couple of dumplings on every plate.