Discover the Real Jamaica: Port Antonio

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Advisor - Michelle Horn
Curated By

Michelle Horn

  • Jamaica

  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Local Food

  • Local Culture

  • Entertainment

An aerial view of the river surrounded by green mountains during daytime.
Curator’s statement

In the mountains along the northeast coast, you’ll find Port Antonio, the soul of Jamaica. There are no cruise ships or all-inclusive resorts here. Unbelievable scenery, food, culture and hospitality will keep you coming back year after year. "Bless up!"

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Where to stay in Jamaica

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Things to do in Jamaica


Beach Day at Frenchman’s Cove

Where the jungle meets the ocean. Wade into the turquoise lagoon, frolic in the waves, or sip rum punch on the white sand beach. Lounge chairs for rent and waiter service for bar and grill during day. Go during the week to avoid crowds.

Rafting on the Rio Grande

Relax and be paddled by a professional local guide on a bamboo raft while you take in the unbelievable natural scenery and tranquility. Have your hotel arrange at least a day in advance, pack a cooler of Red Stripe, and don’t skip lunch at Belinda’s cooked over an open flame on the riverbank.

Vinyl Sunday at Drapers

Don’t miss dancing at the famous street party that draws an international crowd of low-key travelers and reggae aficionados. Not an evening you will soon forget.

Places to eat & drink in Jamaica

  • Soldier Camp Bar & Grill – Delicious and authentic homecooked meal in hand-built, camp-like setting just outside of town. An unforgettable dinner experience. Tell chef-owner, Everol, that I sent you. :)

  • Woody’s – Great for a casual lunch or dinner with incredible fresh veggie “burger."

  • Boston Bay Jerk Centre – If you love spicy… visit the birthplace of Jerk for lunch. You can’t go wrong no matter which stall you choose. If you’re adventurous, walk down and try your hand at surfing the beach after.

  • Mille Fleurs Restaurant at Hotel Mockingbird Hill – Romantic French-influenced spot with gorgeous sunset views and fresh food. Angie also offers great yoga and massage at the hotel if you want to round out an afternoon/evening!

  • Bushbar at Geejam Hotel - This bar and restaurant is a major vibe for sunset, dinner, and into the night. Also good for daytime drinks or lunch at the infinity pool (which has incredible views). Food is delicious.

    -More on the hotel: A true boutique feel with unmatched hospitality. Collection of charming treehouses, modern hotel rooms, and luxury villas for groups. Ask Steve for a tour of the recording studio while you’re there! Best option for the cool kids.

  • The Veranda Restaurant at Trident Hotel – Fine dining restaurant and jazz club, great spot for romantic dinner in upscale environment.

    -More on the hotel: Posh oceanfront boutique hotel adorned in a beachy white, modern style. Fabulous amenities including infinity pool, screening room, game room, and spa. Best option for multi-generational groups.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Kim Walters's guide, A Family-Friendly Travel Guide to Jamaica

Advisor - Michelle Horn

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Michelle Horn

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