Port Antonio

Port Antonio was once a thriving banana shipping port in the north eastern end of Jamaica. In fact, the well-known Banana Boat Song ˜Day-O' made popular by Harry Belafonte, originated here and was chanted by men and women as they loaded the boats. Today, Port Antonio is a quaint seaside town that is perfect for romance. Visitors are surrounded by open seas and towering mountains, while the roadsides are framed with wild orchids, bananas, tree ferns and palms. Port Antonio is a dream town that offers guests a glimpse into the natural world. Visitors will find adventure in the Blue Mountains, magic in the calming, ˜bottomless' Blue Lagoon and mystery in the Non-such Caves. Others may relax on a raft down the Rio Grande or marvel at two nearby waterfalls, Somerset and Reach Falls or spend a relaxing day at the breath-taking Frenchman's Cove Beach. Port Antonio also offers great one-day excursions that include gardens and mansions to tour or beaches for sunning and water sports. Errol Flynn said that Port Antonio was more beautiful than any woman he had ever seen. We are sure that you will agree. Set between mountains and a double harbor, Port Antonio exudes the relaxed charm of a sleepy fishing village. Once a center for banana export, the area is distinctly less commercial than the other resort towns. Popular things to do here include hiking jungle trails, rafting the Rio Grande, taking a tour to Reach Falls, and snorkeling and diving the coral reefs. A favorite swimming spot is the beautiful 60-meter-deep Blue Lagoon, fed by freshwater springs. Other highlights of the area include the 18th-century British stronghold of Fort George and beautiful Frenchman's Cove, where a fish-filled river flows into the sea. The beaches here are a wonderful mix of white sand, shallow waters, and lush outcroppings of land. Nearby, Daniel's River plunges through a gorge of natural rock in a series of cascades and pools known as Somerset Falls. Set between Port Antonio's two harbors and reached by ferry, Navy Island was once owned by movie swashbuckler Errol Flynn. Today, the island is a favorite for picnics and day trips. Jamaica's spicy "jerk-style" of cooking originated in the region and some of the best can be found at Boston Beach east of Port Antonio.