Portland is one of the parishes on the island that is often overlooked. Most travellers, when visiting Jamaica, mainly head to the tourist hub in Montego bay; some might even venture to Negril or Ocho Rios. But can I tell you they are missing out! Portland is the ultimate relaxing getaway consist of stunning white sandy beaches, natural lagoons, great Jamaican cuisines, and beautiful places to stay. Here is a Guide to Portland:
How to get Portland
Portland is on the east side of the island that takes about two and a half hours from Kingston. Coming from overseas, you can fly into Kingston Norman Manley International Airport from any of these airlines American, Jetblue, Spirit, Delta, Caribbean airline, Air Canada, British Airway, Cayman Airway, Copa and Westjet.
You can rent a car from the airport or hire a private shuttle. However, if you plan to drive to get there, I recommend that you land when it is daylight, as the road is pretty dark after sunset and plenty of potholes on the road. To get to Portland from Kingston, you can take two parts: St Thomas and St Mary. You can turn on your GPS to help you get to your final destination.
Where to Stay in Portland
Portland is one known for not receiving many tourists and simple not the tourist hub of Jamaica; therefore, you won’t find any all-inclusive. Your options for luxury hotels are limited.
If you are looking for luxury, you’ll want to stay at Trident Hotel. It is a luxurious five-star property in Portland, Jamaica, with 13 villas, consisting of a private backyard, huge bathroom, shower, and outdoor tub. In addition, there is also an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, spa, movie theatre, gym, and playground. Furthermore, the property has two restaurants that you can get delicious meals.
If you want somewhere comfortable and not expensive as The Trident, you can hop for Moon San Villa. The villa is a two-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon, where you can take a raft or go swimming.
It is more of an old fashioned villa with free wifi connecting to every room and a breathtaking view. It is a lovely relaxing getaway villa with pleasant and hospitable staff.
It’s a property located at the foothills of the Blue Mountain, providing you with tropical vibes. If you’re someone who loves to connect with nature, then this fantastic place you would enjoy. It is a fabulous boutique hotel with beautiful cabins nestled in the rainforest with a magnificent view of the Caribbean seas. In addition, you can take a tour of the recording studio that made lots of great hits.
There are plenty of Airbnb to chose from in Portland; you can try this Airbnb. It located in San San, the exclusive neighbourhood of Port Antonio, surrounded by the green jungle and turquoise water, just about ten mins walk from Frenchman’s Cove. It is well kept with lovely scenery, great ambience, very spacious and comfortable.
What to do in Portland
Swimming at Frenchman’s Cove
This is one of the best private beaches on the island. You cannot think of Portland without thinking of going to Frenchman’s Cove. But, if you love beaches where the river meets the sea, this is a beautiful spot: white sand, clear water, cool breeze and lovely food. Plus, a swing in the river that’s the perfect photo spot.
Rafting on the Rio Grande
Rafting at the Rio Grande is another must-do when visiting Portland, a very peaceful and scenic adventure. Just grab some Red Strip Beer at the launch point and gentle float down the river on a bamboo raft. You can also add in some swimming in the river along the way.
The most romantic thing about this adventure is passing through Love lane where you and your significant other can Kiss and Make a wish 🙂 really excited.
A very beautiful and cosy falls with lovely clear water. A hidden wanderlust gem on the island that will exceed your expectation. It is a gorgeous place to enjoy with your family, as a couple or just you. There is also a nature hike to the rabbit hole where you can take that leap and jump off into an underwater cavern.
Hiking at Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain is the highest mountain in Jamaica and the home of Blue Mountain Coffee. It is considered both a hiker’s and a camper’s paradise because of its exceptionally magnificent scenery. So if you are looking for a way to mediate amongst nature fern, springs, birds and others, then here is where it all can happen. Coffee lovers, you will enjoy the best tasting fantastic coffee ever. However, it is frigid up there, so you may want to bring all the gears.
The Blue Lagoon is an excellent Lagoon with sea turtles and clear pristine water for all the enjoy. You can enjoy rafting or a boat ride to Monkey island to play and snorkel or swimming at the lagoon and enjoy the mineral pool. It’s a great way to relax and unwind.
Winnifred Beach is an exquisite public beach to visit during your adventure through Portland. The North Coast of Jamaica is not the only part of the island with beautiful beaches; Portland has its fair share of amazing beaches you’ll enjoy, with clean, clear, blue water and white sand.
Where to eat in Portland
Boston Jerk Centre
Enjoy Jamaican succulent Jerk Chicken, Jerk pork, Jerk Sausage here at Boston Jerk centre. It has some of Jamaica’s best jerks in Portland; you won’t be disappointed. In addition, there is other stuff you can enjoy such as Fish, Lobster and Conch.
Geejam Bush bar Restaurant
Kick back and enjoy lunch or early dinner of Jamaican fusion dishes and cocktails in one of the sexiest backdrops in Portland. Great Ambiance and lovely ocean view with exceptional meals.
If you are a seafood lover, then here is where you would want to grab something to eat. Anna Bananas specialises in seafood cook to order in a range of Jamaican style. However, if you don’t like what you see on the menu, you can ask, and the chef will accommodate you.
If you are looking for more high-end dining, the trident hotel provides that. The trident has two restaurants on-site, and whether you are staying there or not, you can enjoy the mouth-watering meals there.
Please share your experience of Portland in the comment.
Have a wonderful time in Portland 🙂