Visiting Portland, Jamaica


Portland, located in the eastern section of Jamaica in the Caribbean, is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places you can visit while vacationing in Jamaica. It has stunning blue waters, hidden romantic coves, remote white sand beaches, mind-blowing panoramic views and some of the best foods on the island.

Known as a prime getaway spot for locals, visitors have now too discovered the charm of this rather enchanting place. It is a good area for couples honeymooning, family and celebrities. One of the best things about Portland is its lack of commercialization. The area is virtually untouched. With a rustic charm, beautiful waterfalls and river rafting it is the perfect spot for nature lovers.

Portland is home to some of the best beaches in Jamaica namely; Frenchman’s Cove, Boston Beach, Winifred’s Beach, San San Beach and Dragon Bay. The world famous Blue Mountains are also located in Portland. The Blue Lagoon, an almost landlocked cove with approximately 180 ft of absolutely invigorating water, is also located in Portland; it is believed to be the crater of a now extinct volcano.

Things To Do In Portland

  • You can watch the sunrise over Longbay Beach, believe us, it will be worth waking up at 5:30am to witness this absolutely stunning sight.
  • Visit Boston Beach, Boston lies about 12 miles east of Portland’s capital Port Antonio and is home to the world famous Boston jerk fare. The Boston Jerk Center is known worldwide for its jerked foods including chicken, fish and pork, all made of course with authentic Jamaican jerk spices.
  • You should also take advantage of the many beaches at your disposal to swim, surf or even go horseback riding on the shores.
  • Include a trip to Reach Falls and Somerset Falls as well as rafting on the Rio Grande River are all worthwhile experiences you do not want to miss.

Portland is a prime destination for beach weddings, and don’t be surprised if you see a few of them taking place while enjoying your stay here. The town of Port Antonio boasts a rich history for catering to royalty, the affluent and the famous. A very romantic travel destination, it features beautiful flora with a charm and mystique not to be found in the more commercialized areas.

Many of the local resorts offer tours to Portland, however the more adventurous can grab a backpack and just go. The natives are friendly and are more than happy to direct you where to go, it is an area that often sees many returning guests. So when next you visit Jamaica, head to the eastern side of the island even for a day of two, you may end up never wanting to leave.