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Ocho Rios, Port Antonio & the North Coast

Introducing Ocho Rios, Port Antonio & the North Coast

Ocho Rios, Jamaica’s third-largest town, dominates the north coast’s tourist scene. Cruise ships land passengers in huge numbers here, and if the town can sometimes feel a little like a theme park, visitors are at least drawn for good reason – the surrounding area features some of the most beautiful (and popular) natural attractions on the island. From working plantations to sights unveiling the breadth of Jamaican history, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. By comparison, sleepy Portland is by far the least developed resort area in Jamaica, yet also the most rugged and scenic. Forested mountains with deep gorges and rushing rivers spread their fingers towards fringes of white sand and cool-blue surf that rolls into beach-lined coves. The folks are friendly and the hustle small. From Port Antonio, you can explore gorgeous but untouristed beaches, or head into the mountains and rainforest for hiking and bird-watching.