When most tourists think of a visit to Jamaica, the first choices for places of stay are usually, Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios; in that order. More recently however, Portland, Jamaica, has become increasingly popular amongst the best vacation spots in Jamaica. In fact, it has now reached a stage where it could be matched to the aura experienced in Negril, and Ocho Rios.
More famous for its renowned Boston Jerk Festival, and its annual Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, Portland is also known for its beautiful beaches off the coasts of the North-eastern end of the island. Moreover, it’s beauty is embedded in its unique inclusion of miniature islands out in the seas; namely Monkey Island and Navy Island. Portland Natives and Jamaicans at large have unlocked the traditional delicacies of the parish; which includes Jerk Pork and Jerk Chicken. But what about the delicacies such as Bussu Soup and Holey Bullas? While the food is a major part of the true Portland experience, the experience is accentuated by the beautiful beaches and attractions.
Being the home of the world famous Blue Lagoon, and the oversubscribed rafting on the Rio Grande, Portland inarguably boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. From Boston Beach, to San San Beach, and Winifred Beach to name a few, Portland is also home of the Somerset and Reggae Falls.
It is a known fact that the sun rises in the east, and with Portland being conveniently located in the North-eastern end of the island, natives become the envy of all those who wish they could greet the breathtaking sunrise each morning. But that is not all, from the Marina, located in the heart of Port Antonio, the Blue Mountain Peak which overlooks the parish capital is quite the picturesque scene as the morning sun rises; and as the day ends and the sun sets, the best view is from the Errol Flynn Marina, which is also located in the heart of the Parish Capital.
The true Portland experience comes not only from the succulent Jerk Chicken and Pork, but also the beauty personified in its beaches and other world famous attractions. Additionally, what makes the experience even more rewarding is the hospitality of the Portland natives. Unlock the undiscovered Portland in your quest to uncover your Caribbean.
– UYC Contributor Nicholas Martin