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Port Antonio Introduction


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Once a banana port, Port Antonio, Jamaica, became a tourist destination in the 1940s after actor Errol Flynn chose it as a vacation spot and began hosting parties that were attended by Hollywood celebrities. The easternmost of the north coast resort areas, the small town of Port Antonio has a sleepier feel than Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, but it still has all the prerequisites for a vacation spot: beaches, deep-sea fishing and a lovely mountain setting.   Click here to see the full Port Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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Port Antonio Geography


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Port Antonio is compact and wraps around the twin-pocketed bays of West Harbour and East Harbour, divided by the Titchfield Peninsula (where the original settlement stood). Navy Island is located off the tip of the peninsula, and is reached by water taxi. The town center lies at the foot of the peninsula.  Click here to see the full Port Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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Port Antonio History


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The Spanish founded Port Antonio in the 16th century, naming it Puerto Anton after the current governor's son. The British gained control of the island in 1660. Attacks by the Maroons, slaves freed by the Spanish who lived in the dense forests and mountains, limited development in the area. Eventually, a 1739 treaty between the Maroons and the British made way for sugarcane plantations and settlements.   Click here to see the full Port Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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Port Antonio Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Port Antonio is surrounded by undeveloped mountain wilderness and lush rain forest—even the developed natural attractions somehow seem untouched. Along Boundbrook Wharf, the raw energy of the banana trade still lingers, even though the process is now very mechanized.   Click here to see the full Port Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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Port Antonio Nightlife


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Port Antonio is not known for its nightlife, and the clubs that exist are rather low-key. Nevertheless, you can find great reggae at the Roof Club on West Street, especially on weekends. Live reggae concerts are occasionally hosted on Winnifred Beach at Fairy Hill, about 8 mi/13 km east of Port Antonio.  Click here to see the full Port Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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Port Antonio Restaurants & Dining


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The are a number of good restaurants in Port Antonio that serve excellent Jamaican food at moderate prices.  Click here to see the full Port Antonio travel guide on Travel42 »

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