Port Antonio, a charming and sleepy fishing village, set between the mountains and double harbor, was once a center for banana export. The area has since become distinctly less commercial than other resort towns. With art galleries to explore, hiking on jungle trails, and snorkeling and scuba diving the coral reefs, there is no shortage of things to do. Jamaica is teeming with fun and memorable activities and sights to see. The Blue Lagoon, fed by fresh water springs, is a 60 meter deep popular swimming spot. Another suggestion is Navy Island which is perfect for a day trip… a picnic perhaps? But at one time it was owned by a man named Errol Flynn, and he was notorious for throwing wild parties.
The Spicy jerk style of cooking Jamaica is so well known for, originated in the region, and some of the best can be found at Boston Beast, east of Port Antonio. You can also take a peek at British stronghold Fort George and Beautiful French Mans Cove, where fish filled rivers flow into the sea. The beaches are a mix of white sand and shallow waters and lush outcroppings of land. Not too far from there is Daniels River, which plunges through a gorge of natural rock in a series of cascades and pools, known as Somerset Falls, a definite must see in my opinion.
Okay, you know I could never resist the opportunity to influence my fellow traveller to see and explore nature and to learn as much as you can about the world around you and its natural beauties. A perfectly lovely, and far less crowded suggestion than the ever popular Martha Brae river rafting, is the Rio Grande River. Expert guides will lead you on Bamboo rafts through an immaculate and stunning stretch of tropical rainforest. The tour is about two and a half hours, and the rafting in this area dates back to 1911, when the banana farmers used to transport their banana’s along the river. This is often less crowded and offers gentle rapids and beautiful scenery.
Last but certainly not least… check out the Black River Safari Boat Tour and YS Falls. Crocodiles and more than 100 species of birds, including herons and snowy egrets, are among the animals that call the mangrove fringed Black River their home. The longest river in Jamaica, visitors tour on guided boats, and enjoy a running commentary on ecology and history. At YS falls, which is one of the least commercial cascades, you can play out your dreams of being Tarzan and plunge into the wading pool below you fed by natural springs. Canopy rides and river tubing are also available. I hope this will convince you to spent some time in the home of reggae and quite possibly one of the most beautiful Caribbean destinations.