Jamaica Port Antonio

Port Antonio, is the capital of the parish of Portland on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, about 60 miles (100 km) from Kingston. Jamaica’s third tourist Town; it had a population of 12,285 in 1982 and 13,246 in 1991, todays its over 16,000 with residence from America, India, China, Europe and other parts of the world. It is the island's third largest port, famous as a shipping point for bananas and coconuts, as well as one of its most important tourist attractions, tourism being a major contributor to the Parish and town’s economy.


Port Antonio
was a sleepy coastal town until the 1880s, when Lorenzo Dow Baker started the banana trade in Jamaica and successfully promoted Port Antonio as a destination for wealthy American travelers. "Portie" became a boom town. The banana trade and the tourists who came in the banana boats, was once so large that at one time, weekly sailing from Port Antonio was greater than weekly sailing from the great English port of Liverpool.
 

The island was glamorized by Hollywood as a model of paradise in movies of the 1940s and '50s, such as Club Paradise and Cocktail. This image was added to by the arrival of movie star Errol Flynn in 1946 when his yacht, the Zaca washed ashore in bad weather. He subsequently bought nearby Navy Island, part of historic Fort George in Port Antonio as well as hundreds of acres of farmland along the Portland coast.
 

Many members of royal families, movie stars, great musicians, and well-known politicians have visited Port Antonio
 

Port Antonio for over 103 years has been the home for the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) - located in Passley Gardens.

 
Tourist Destinations
One popular sight in this area is the Blue Lagoon, Jamaica, which owes its color to its depth of 200 feet, other sights include the secluded Frenchman's Cove Beach, the ruins of Folly Mansion and the historic DeMontevin Lodge. River rafting at Rio Grande The Rio Grande, Blue Mountain Hiking and biking, Boston Bay and Reach Falls are also close by. Dunns River Falls  is only 45 minutes drive along the cost line. In addition there is the Bay View Eco Resort located on a former Coconut Plantation and Pimento Lodge in Long Bay which is within easy access of all destinations.  

Transportation

Buses, taxis and rental cars area readily available in Port Antonio anywhere across the Island.

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