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Port Antonio, Jamaica

Port Antonio, Jamaica

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The Former Banana Capital of the World

Port Antonio radiates an old-school glamour you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Jamaica. Once the former playground of Hollywood’s who’s who—not to mention the “banana capital of the world”—Port Antonio fell into decline when the banana trade all but died out. Luckily, this hidden port is experiencing a second-wind and now is the best time to visit before luxury resorts and high-end boutiques move in and change its quintessential laid-back ambience.

Visit Firefly House, the historic home of playwright Noel Coward, relax on Winnifred Beach, or do a waterfall tour of Reach Falls, Somerset Falls, and YS Falls, which are all located nearby. Browse the shops and stores along West and Market Streets for local arts and handmade crafts which make the perfect souvenir to take back home. Stroll along the promenade of Port Antonio Marina, or head to Folly Point Lighthouse for picture-perfect views of Port Antonio, Navy Island, and Folly Mansion. And if it’s the beach you’re longing for, Winnifred Beach is an oft-deserted strip of pristine white sand, fringed with majestic palms and jewel-like water. We think it’s best enjoyed with an ice-cold Red Stripe beer in hand.

BLUE LAGOON

BLUE LAGOON

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BLUE LAGOON

BLUE LAGOON

Cinema buffs will recognize the stunning turquoise waters and lush greenery from the movie of the same name starring Brooke Shields. The water is a mixture of warm salt water from the Caribbean Sea and ice-cold fresh water from deep underground springs, making for a hot and cold swimming experience.

FIREFLY ESTATE

FIREFLY ESTATE

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FIREFLY ESTATE

FIREFLY ESTATE

Visit the estate of the English playwright Sir Noël Coward, where jet setters and royalty have spent many an evening together. Originally owned by infamous pirate and one-time governor of Jamaica, Henry Morgan, the home enjoys a commanding view of the St. Mary’s harbor and contains a secret escape tunnel.

SOMERSET FALLS

SOMERSET FALLS

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SOMERSET FALLS

SOMERSET FALLS

Nestled amongst red ginger lilies and lush greenery, Somerset Falls are located on a former sugar plantation. There are several waterfalls on the property, but the most spectacular are the “Hidden Falls” where you can cool-off in the 20-foot deep pool, or play in the cascading water.

Port Antonio, Jamaica At a glance

Current Weather:
25°C / 77 °F
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Tue
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Current Time:
10:18:53 am2016/02/13 10:18:53 am
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Saturday, February 13
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UTC/GMT -05:00
Currency:
Jamaican Dollar
Exchange Rates:
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Local Details:
Population: 14,400
Country Code: +1

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