Introducing Port Antonio to Fairy Hill
Beyond the turnoff for Folly the A4 meanders east of Port Antonio through thick fog and thicker jungle past jagged-tooth bays, pocket coves and the coastal villages of Drapers, Frenchman’s Cove and Fairy Hill. This is where most visitors to Port Antonio, and indeed to Portland, will find accommodations and explore the nearby Rio Grande Valley, Nonsuch Caves and Blue Lagoon as well as the luxuriant sands of Frenchman’s Cove, San San Beach and Winnifred Beach. Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, the amount of vacationing A-listers in this part of Portland earned the area the nickname the ‘Jamaican Riviera.’
While the hotels and restaurants of Drapers, Frenchman’s Cove and Fairy Hill will accommodate most budgets and tastes, be sure to venture into the local communities, small as they are. Portlanders are among the most gracious of all Jamaicans, and their acquaintance enhances any visit to their parish.