Port Antonio – the resort that captivated Hollywood

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The port of Port Antonio is in the parish of Portland, known more for its beauty and tranquility, Port Antonio is usually visited by the smaller of the cruise liners. 

Here you can take a walk along green and leafy trails, or bath in the fresh waters of a waterfall. Not far from Port Antonio is Firefly, which once belonged to renowned British playwright Noel Coward, overlooking the Caribbean on a hill the panorama is spectacular.

The waterfalls close by are Reach falls and Somerset falls, where you can swim in the cool refreshing water or simply enjoy the beautiful waterfalls. 

There are some special hotels in the area, where you can eat a fine lunch and enjoy the sheltered white sand beaches. Up in the hills you will find the Jamaica Palace hotel where you can eat Continental or Caribbean cuisine.

At Boston Beach you can sample the famous jerk pork or chicken, served to you within steps of the white-crested waves. It is one of the few beaches in Jamaica that attracts surfers.

Perhaps you want to see Blue Lagoon, the turquoise color of the water will take your breath away. If you saw the Brooke Shields movie then you will immediately recognize this beautiful location.

You can also plan to go rafting down the Rio Grande on a long poled bamboo raft. Originally these rafts were used to transport bananas from the hills to the port. The ride takes about two to three hours depending on the flow of the river and the strength of your raft guide.

If you just want to go for a walk through the town of Port Antonio you will find a unique shopping mall, the Village of Saint George, which was built to look like a European town with a mix of gothic, Tudor and Art Deco architecture.

Before we forget, there is Navy Island, which we are told was once owned by the actor Errol Flynn, the marina near the cruise liner pier is named after this man who was once famous for his roles in swashbuckling movies including The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood. 

 

  • Anglican Church - Beautiful church overlooking the city of Port Antonio.
  • Boston Beach - a public beach which is one of the few beaches in Jamaica attracting surfers.
  • Duty Free Shopping, Local Crafts and Souvenirs, Gift
  • Blue Lagoon - an enchanting spot with deep blue water fed by a fresh water mineral spring.
  • Errol Flynn Marina - we're very proud to welcome you to one of the most spectacular destinations in the Caribbean.
  • Fort George - was built to hold 22 guns including 8 large cannons, and has walls ten feet thick.
  • Folly Great House - this two story, 60 room mansion was built 1905 by Alfred Mitchell for his wife, who belonged to the New York jewellery family of Tiffany.
  • Frenchman's Cove - Frenchman's cove offers guests the perfect location for a yoga retreat and an opportunity to fully relax both body and mind.
  • Navy Island - the island was once owned by movie pirate Errol Flynn and hosted many wild Hollywood parties.
  • Reach Falls - one of the most amazing natural waterfalls that the island has to offer.
  • Rio Grande - Torrential rains rushing down from the Blue Mountains feed the Rio Grande River.
  • San San Beach - Beautiful beach with calm waters protected by a coral reef, perfect for swimming and scuba diving.
  • Sir Henry Morgan Angling Association, "De Ole Marina" Pub, Restaurant & Marina - this is the most beautiful marina in Jamaica, a low key, easy going atmosphere in which all the best of Jamaica may be sampled.
  • Somerset Falls - sits behind a hedge of bright red ginger lilies and green bottlebrush plants.
  • Titchfield - a picturesque neighborhood best known for its Victorian-gingerbread style houses.
  • Winnifred Beach - Some say that you are not a Jamaican until you have visited Winnifred Beach!
  • Airports: Sangster International Airport, Boscobel Domestic Airport, Ken Jones Airport.
  • Anchorage: No anchorage.
  • Approach: Via access channel. Reefs extend one cable west from Port Point and 4.5 cables east from One Bush Point. Channel (to West Harbour): Depth 29 ft to 45 ft. Recommended draught 26 ft. Width 200 ft. Turning basin: Ample space to turn largest vessel allowed in harbour.
  • Bunkers: All grades available with notice.
  • Facilities: Anchorage, pilotage, water, provisions, bunkers by arrangement.
  • Location: East Harbour: 18°10’50”N, 76°26’50”W, West Harbour: 18°11’N, 76°27’20”W.
  • Medical aid: Port Antonio Hospital.
  • Pilot: Pilot pick-up one mile north of entrance.
  • Pilotage: Agents alert Pilotage Department on ship’s ETA and ETD at least three hours before required time. Pilot boards and guides ships in and out of channel. Pilotage charges are calculated according to grt.
  • Provisions: Available.
  • Tenders: Not available. Ship’s own tenders can land at Port Antonio Marina with prior permission.
  • Towage: None.
  • Water: Fresh water readily available. Volume allocated based on vessel’s grt.
  • Weather: NE winds prevail by day, SE by night. NE winds are strongest between May and October. Negligible tides.
 
Berth Usable length Depth alongside Max ship’s draught
Pier (West Harbour) Ken Wright Cruise Ship Berth 650 ft 29 ft 26 ft
Boundbrook United Fruit Co Berth 500 ft 29 ft 26 ft
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Members / Attractions Contact person Phone no. Fax no. E-mail Website Address
Animal Farm & Nature Reserve Dr. Geoffrey Williams/Jason Calendar (876) 899-0040 (876) 979-8466 Email: rastafowl@yahoo.com www.animalfarmjamaica@yahoo.com Hanover, PO Box 34, Reading, St. James
Appleton Estate Rum Tour Tanisa Samuel 876-963-9215/7 876-963-9218 res.rumtour@appletonrum.com www.appletonrum.com Siloah, PO Siloah(St. Elizabeth), Jamaica
Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours Althea Bryan 876-974-7075 876-974-0635 info@bmtoursja.com www.bmtoursja.com 121 Main Street, Ocho Rios (St. Ann)
Braco Stables Moyra Fitzroy 876-954-0185 876-954-0434 bracostables@cwjamaica.com www.bracotours.com Duncans PO, Trelawney, Jamaica
Braemar Tours Judy Schoenbien 876-509-0454 braemartours@gmail.com www.falmouthtoursbytrolley.com Port of Falmouth, Falmouth, Jamaica
Captain Watersports Brian Langford 876-953-3048 876-953-3048 captain@cwjamaica.com www.captainsdivecenter.com Half Moon PO, Rosehall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
Chukka Caribbean Adventures Marc Melville 1-877 4CHUKKA (1877-424-8552) info@chukkacaribbean.com www.chukkacaribbean.com Unit # 2, Montego Bay Freeport Shopping Centre, Montego Bay
Colourful Jamaica Monika Maitland Walker/Mandy Sprague 876-974-2323 876-974-5362 mmw@tourwiseltd.com www.colourfuljamaica.com 103 Main Street Ocho Rios, St. Ann
Doctor's Cave Bathing Club David Lindo 876-952-2566 876-952-1140 drscave@cwjamaica.com www.doctorscavebathingclub.com Gloucester Ave., Whitesands Bch. P.O. St. James, Jamaica
Dolphin Cove Marilyn Burrowes 876-974-5335 876-974-9208 info@dolphincovejamaica.com www.dolphincovejamaica.com PO Box 21 Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Dreamer Catamaran David Chung 876-979-0102 reservations@dreamercatamarans.com www.dreamercatamarans.com Unit #2 Cornwall Beach Suites, Cornwall Beach Gloucester Avenue, Whitesands PO Montego Bay
Dunns River Falls Jomo Pitterson 974-5944 974-4767 dunnsriver@udcja.com www.dunnriverfallsja.com PO Box 205, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica
Five Star Watersports Venella Pasmore (876) 974-2446/0164 876-974-4978 reservations@fivestarwatersports.com www.coolrunningscatamarans.com 121 Main Street, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Glistening Waters Earl Bernard 876-954-3229 876-617-4625 info@glisteningwaters.com www.glisteningwaters.com PO Box 113 Falmouth, Jamaica
Green Grotto Caves Fabia Lamm (876) 973-2841/3217 (876) 973-9297 greengrottocaves@udcja.com www.greengrottocavesja.com PO Box 205, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica
Half Moon Equestian Centre Trina Delisser 876-953-2286 876-953-9489 r.delisser@gwjamaica.com www.horsebackridingjamaica.com Half Moon PO, Rosehall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
Hooves Tom Williams 876-972-0905;0659 876-972-9204 hooves@cwjamaica.com www.hooves-jamaica.com 61 Winsdsor Rd. #5, St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica
Harmony Hall Peter/Annabella Proudlock 876-975-4222 876-974-2651 info@harmonyhall.com www.harmonyhall.com PO Box 192, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Island Routes Caribbean AdventureTours David Shields 876-684-8672/1-877-768-8370 876-684-8610 info@islandroutestours.com www.islandroutestours.com 5 Kent Avenue , MontegoBay, Jamaica
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Andre Dixon 876-979-8041 876-979-8541 info@margaritavillecaribbean.com www.margaritavillecaribbean.com 6H Coconut Way, Freeport, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kool Runnings Waterpark Shari Munroe 876-957-5400 876-957-5947 info@koolrunnings.com www.koolrunnings.com Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica
Mini Boat Adventures Dean Burrowes 876-974-5335 876-974-9208 info@infochan.com PO Box 21 Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Mystic Mountain Norma Bailey- Moore 876-974-3990 876-974-3992 sales@rainforestbobsledjamaica.com www.rainforestadventure.com/jamaica PO Box 259, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Peir One Restaurant and Bar Anna Kaye Russell (876)952-2452 (876)940-5408 info@pieronejamaica.com www.pieronejamaica.com c/o Pier One, P.O. Box 1243, Howard Cooke Blvd. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Prospect Plantation Tours Marilyn Burrowes 876-994-1058 876-994-1465 info@prospectplantationtours.com www.prospectplantationtours.com Tower Isle PO, St. Mary, Jamaica
River Raft Ltd. Johnny Gourzong (876)952-0889 (876)979-7437 info@jamaicarafting.com www.jamaicarafting.com 66 Claude Clarke Avenue, PO Box 1178, Jamaica
Rose Hall Great House Beverley Gordon 876-953-2160 greathouse@rosehall.com www.rosehall.com Box 1, Rose Hall PO, Rose Hall, St. James, Jamaica
YS Falls Simon Browne 876-997-6360 ysfalls@cwjamaica.com www.ysfalls.com Middle Quarters PO Box 13, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Zipline Adventures Brad Morse/Hermaline Ritchie 876-366-0124 876-912-0936 info@ziplinejamaica.com www.zipline-tours.com PO Box 7074, Reading P.O, St. James, Jamaica
Allied Members Contact person Phone no. Fax no. E-mail Website Address
Budget Car Rental Robin Delisser 1-877-825-2953 reservations@budgetjamaica.com www.budgetjamaica.com
Digicel Claudeen Grenyion
Port Authority of Jamaica William Tatham
Royal Marine Insurance Group Uton Bright