Port Antonio is the capital of the scenic and tranquil parish of Portland on the south-eastern end of the island. It contains some of the island’s most picturesque attractions and is worth a trip to this secluded section of paradise.
See the key attractions in or around Port Antonio below.
Torrential rains rushing down from the Blue Mountains feed the Rio Grande River. Bamboo rafts where originally used to transport produce, especially bananas, from the interior of the island.
The legendary Hollywood star, Errol Flynn, who made Port Antonio his home, introduced rafting for fun. Today Rio Grande Rafting is an established attraction enjoyed by visitors and Jamaican’s alike.
Looking for a peaceful idyll in a piece of paradise? Stay at one of our private cottages and you’ll discover another Jamaica, far from the crowded all-inclusive of the tourist strip. Set above the gentle swells of the Caribbean Sea amidst expansive parkland and lush tropical growth, stunning cottages and rooms at The Great House villas provide comfort, privacy and access to the famous beach for which our resort is named.
Blue Lagoon is among the greatest natural attractions in the Caribbean. With its change of colors from azure blue to deep emerald, to sapphire and turquoise, the Blue Lagoon is truly mesmerizing. Though originally called “The Blue Hole”, this place was made famous by several movies, particularly ‘Blue Lagoon’ starring Brooke Shields.
Between Hope Bay and Port Antonio, Somerset Falls sits behind a hedge of bright red ginger lilies and green bottlebrush plants. Once an old sugar plantation that extended from the mountains to the sea, today Somerset is a 97-acre property with a breathtaking garden, complete with ponds and waterfalls. Overflowing with crotons, bamboos, ferns, cocoa plants, indigo and moss-covered trees (to name only a few), the garden grows on the banks of the Daniel River.