Most travelers rent cars before they arrive in Port Antonio, but there
are a couple of options in town. Once you have a rental car, you’ll
find the driving much easier than in the communities of Montego Bay
or Ocho Rios.
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way around Port Antonio is fairly easy. The North Coast Road becomes
West Palm Avenue as it enters town along the waterfront, an area
that faces West Harbour. Divided by a small peninsula, West Harbour
soon gives way to East Harbour and West Palm Avenue becomes West
Harbour Avenue and, finally, Allen Avenue, tracing the waterfront
The road continues east through the city past many of the area
resorts, starting with Trident and the nearby Trident Castle, built
by an heiress and today used by guests of Trident Resort. Farther
south lies the Blue Hole, one of Jamaica’s loveliest swimming spots
and a great place to spend a lazy afternoon. Continuing south is
Boston Bay, home of some of the best jerk chicken in Jamaica.
CAR RENTAL AGENCIES
Eastern Rent-A-Car, Harbour Street
Waves Enterprises, Boundbrook Avenue
You won’t find as many taxis here as in the main resort destinations,
but they are still the most popular mode of visitor transportation.
AUTHORS’ TIP: Travel in PPV-plated vehicles (red tags), which are
licensed taxi drivers. If you don’t find one, hotels are happy to
Taxi rates are by car, not by passenger. Fares average about US
$5-7 for 10 miles. If you accept a driver’s offer of his services
as a tour guide, be sure to agree on a price before the vehicle
is put into gear.
Bus travel in and around Port Antonio is popular among locals but
can be crowded and slow. The minibuses are not air-conditioned.
Buses will stop anywhere along the route to pick up passengers.
To catch one, stand by the side of the road with your arm outstretched;
pat down with your hand when you see an oncoming bus. Bus fare is
about US $1 for 30-40 miles.
5 Smatt Road, PO Box 89
Port Antonio, Portland
876-993-3881, fax 876-993-4962
E-mail [email protected]
This tour company offers a variety of guided hikes for travelers
of all levels of fitness. Along with bird watching, tours take visitors
to historic sites such as Mooretown, to working banana plantations,
and to local waterfalls.
BLUE MOUNTAIN BICYCLE TOURS
Main Street, Ocho Rios
876-974-7075 or 974-7492, fax 876-974-0635
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