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 handful of beaches to consider in the area. Regardless of whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you're likely to find what you want. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed guide to that individual beach.

Errol Flynn Marina Beach: Calm waters edge a thin strip of sand which is a blank canvas in some areas, while others are lined with beach chairs. The space is backed by palm trees.

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Another option worth considering 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: 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.

These are merely a few of what's on the island. To visit our complete guide to beaches, click here.

Historical Sites

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

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Christ Church. It is located 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.

Take a moment to read the following table for a listing 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

Guests will explore some other intriguing attractions 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

Even though most people visiting the area have heard about the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Port Antonio some great choices, including 3 waterfalls.

You might enjoy a visit to 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.

Another option 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 table directly below enables you to get some key facts 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

Visitors can experience 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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