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.


There are a handful of beaches to enjoy in the area. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you should find some appealing options. Just click on each beach name for a detailed review of that particular location.

Folly Ruins Beach: This beach sits next to the ruins of an old mansion, built in 1905 and now crumbling away. These are the "Folly Ruins" that the beach takes its name from.

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A second option for beach-goers to consider is Blue Lagoon. Legend has it that a dragon resides in the bottomless Blue Lagoon, yet still visitors flock to the lagoon each day to experience the breath taking lagoon that was made famous around the world by Jacques Cousteau and Brooke Shields.

Crusoe's Beach: Crusoe's Beach is accessible only by boat.

Port Antonio has quite a few other beach choices. For more information about beaches, click here.

Historical Sites

In case you like to immerse yourself in the history of foreign countries, you might want to visit a historical site during your time in Port Antonio.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Christ Church. It is located in 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.

Check the following chart for a list of historical sites in Port Antonio.

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

Vacationers will explore some other interesting places worth visiting in this area.

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

Waterfalls and Caves

Although most tourists are attracted by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Port Antonio multiple options, including 3 waterfalls and a cave.

You should consider visiting Somerset Falls, which is located 9.6 mi. West-Northwest of central Port Antonio. This small waterfall my not be magnificent, but it does create a large and refreshing pool great for swimming for the whole family. Then you can board a boat to got to the second waterfall; Hidden Falls and the grotto behind it.

A second place to consider is Tacky Falls. It is located 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 chart lists some details regarding waterfalls and caves.

Waterfalls and Caves Near Port Antonio
Name Type Location
Athenry Gardens and Cave of Nonsuch Cave 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Port Antonio
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


Visitors can visit the local park in Port Antonio.

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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