An island nation filled with diversity, Jamaica has become a top vacation spot throughout its storied history. There is so much to do and see, and with easy access to sailing routes, Jamaica has cemented itself as an ideal destination for cruise ships. With a lush, green landscape that has both mountains and beaches, Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, and the town of Port Antonio gives visitors a glimpse of the stunning natural beauty of Jamaica. One-day excursions will take passengers to the famed Blue Mountains, colorful gardens, magnificent mansions, and idyllic beaches that make Port Antonio a hit on Caribbean cruises.
Known locally as the Blue Hole, this 55-meter-deep Blue Lagoon is the highlight of any nature tour of the port. While it is open to the sea, it is fed through a freshwater spring which causes it to change colors throughout the day, turning from jade to emerald and all shades in between. In the lagoon, visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, rafting, and hiking while exploring this singular attraction. Port Antonio is also home to another of Jamaica’s most storied places, Frenchman’s Cove. This cove is blanketed on both sides by rocky cliffs covered in natural green vegetation. Frenchman’s Cove is the best place on the island to spend some time relaxing on the beach or swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean sea. Another luxury eco-attraction is just an hour’s drive along the coast. Reach Falls, originally discovered by runaway slaves, is hidden within the Montane Forrest. These absolutely stunning waterfalls also offer a chance to swim and hike, making this hidden attraction a gem of Port Antonio.
History lovers can head to Folly Ruins, only six minutes from port. Nestled against the ocean, this mansion has been the sight of photoshoots and music videos. The ruins still stand, more than 100 years after it was built, offering a unique look into the history of Port Antonio. Foodies, however, will find culinary delights at the Boston Jerk Center. This organic and rural mall is focused on jerk-style cooking with 7 pits cooking up food all day. Delicious food and local crafts can be found aplenty as visitors enjoy the atmosphere and aromas of local cooking.
Once described by Errol Flynn as more beautiful than any woman he had ever seen, there is no question that the breathtaking sights of Jamaica are highlighted in Port Antonio. Passengers can spend their day ashore on a journey of discovery while absorbing the blend of adventure and culture that makes this port so memorable. Whether on a seven-day cruise or a longer itinerary, Port Antonio is the ultimate Jamaican destination.