Attractions in Port Antonio

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Port Antonio is the place that first spawned a tourism culture in Jamaica, which has gone on to flourish in other areas of the island.  That isn't to say that this town isn't still an often-chosen destination, it simply never saw the immense expansion that other places like Montego Bay did.  Still, there is plenty to see here, from plantation ruins set on a beach to the nearby Rio Grande.

Beaches

There are a small variety of beaches to choose from in the area. Regardless of whether you prefer being around other people, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you can find what you want. You can click on the name of each beach for a detailed review of that individual beach.

Errol Flynn Marina Beach: A small and gorgeous stretch of sand right near the marina, this quiet spot is a place for visitors to come for a bit of solitude as they take in the peaceful surroundings.

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Another option that beach-goers can consider is Folly Ruins Beach. Near Port Antonio and out on a peninsula, this is a tan sand beach with trees for shade. It's far enough away from the urban area to feel a bit reclusive.

Blue Lagoon: There are two main ways to get to the Blue Lagoon. The most popular method is to take a narrow road off A4 with signs directing you to the lagoon.

These are just some of what's available. If interested, you can obtain more information by going to this page.

Historical Sites

In case you like to experience the history of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit a historical site while vacationing in Port Antonio.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Christ Church. It is found within Port Antonio. Still in use today, this Anglican church was built in the neo-Romanesque style, giving it a unique look among Port Antonio. When mass in not underway, you will be able to explore the historic, grand church.

Glance through the following table to learn more about historic sites in the area.

Historic Sites In Port Antonio
Name Phone Location
Christ Church -- 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Port Antonio
Folly Ruins -- 0.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Port Antonio

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers can discover some other worthwhile local attractions in Port Antonio.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Port Antonio
Name Type Location Island
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central Port Antonio Jamaica

Waterfalls

Even though most visitors have heard about the beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Port Antonio some great options, including 3 waterfalls.

You might enjoy a visit to Somerset Falls, which is located 9.6 mi. West-Northwest of central Port Antonio. The waterfall is located between Port Antonio and Spring Garden. As you pass Hope Bay, look for signs marking Somerset Falls.

A second attraction Tacky Falls. It is situated 10.6 mi. West of central Port Antonio. This waterfall requires a tour guide or someone who has visit the waterfall many times, as even many locals do not know where it is.

The following table summarizes a few details concerning waterfalls.

Waterfalls Near Port Antonio
Name Type Location
Reach Falls Waterfall 13.9 mi. Southeast of Central Port Antonio
Somerset Falls Waterfall 9.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Port Antonio
Tacky Falls Waterfall 10.6 mi. West of Central Port Antonio

Parks

Vacationers can spend some time in the local park in Port Antonio.

Neville Antonio Park is situated in Port Antonio. This park isn't a major tourist attraction -- just a quiet green space in the heart of town. Most visitors just walk through the park then linger at the nearby Errol Flynn Marina, which offers a relaxing ambiance with a boardwalk, benches, and beautiful views of the water.

Parks In Port Antonio
Name Type Location Island
Neville Antonio Park Park 0.1 mi. South of Central Port Antonio Jamaica
 

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