Once an upscale haven for movie stars like Errol Flynn and Ginger Rogers, the remote seaport of Port Antonio -- three hours away from Kingston International Airport -- is once again drawing tourists away from Jamaica's mainstream, mega-resort-lined destinations.
Eco-travelers use it as a base to explore the natural wonders of the lushest -- and rainiest -- part of the island, including the Blue Mountains, Rio Grande Valley, numerous waterfalls, the Blue Lagoon (the same one featured in the 1980 Brooke Shields flick), and Frenchman's Cove, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
But small-town Port Antonio has very few shopping, dining, or drinking options, and though its Boston Beach is considered the birthplace of jerk cooking, the best joints, like Scotchies, have followed the tourists east to Montego Bay.
Outside the modest backpacker crash pads and the scarce villa retreats, the chichi Geejam eco-boutique is the only premier hotel in Port Antonio. That is, aside from the astounding Trident Castle, where a single night's stay starts at the low, low price of about $6,000 (during the high season).
|Airports:||Sangster Int'l (MBJ)|
|Negril Airport (NEG) (domestic only)|
|Norman Manley Int'l (KIN) (3-hour, $120 cab ride)|
|Time Zone:||View Current Time|
|Peak:||Dec. 15-April 15|
|Off-Peak:||Sept. 15-Dec. 15|
|Hurricanes:||June 1-Nov. 30|
|Electricity:||110 V, 50 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% at restaurants|