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.


You'll discover a handful of beaches to consider visiting in the area. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you should be able to find just the right beach. Click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning 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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A second place 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 examples are just some of what's on the island. To reach our detailed page about beaches, navigate to this page.

Historical Sites

If you like to explore the historical roots of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting a historical site while vacationing in Port Antonio.

A landmark worth visiting is 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.

Review the chart below to read more about 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

Visitors may experience some other intriguing places to visit in this area.

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


Although most tourists come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Port Antonio some interesting options, including 3 waterfalls.

You may enjoy visiting Somerset Falls, which is situated 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 place to consider is Tacky Falls. It is found 10.6 mi. West of central Port Antonio. For a truly natural wonder, Tacky Falls is the secluded place to be. This hidden treasure is a mix of nature trail, swimming pool, and water park; it will not be a place you will soon forget, if you can manage to find it.

The following table lists more 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


Travelers can enjoy the local park in Port Antonio.

Neville Antonio Park is found within 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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