The Portland region of Jamaica is a lush paradise far, far away from the busy tourist beaches and cruise ship destinations of Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. The broader region has been immortalized by dozens of Hollywood films like James Bond’s Dr. No, countless music videos and memorable commercials. In the 1940’s through to the 1960’s, the area was the private getaway for millionaires, celebrities and royalty, like Ian Fleming, Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Baron von Thyssen and the Aga Khan.
Portland, Jamaica’s seventh largest parish, extends from the highest peaks of the Blue Mountains down to the easterly coast. It features a variety of complex landforms and a coastline dotted with caves, bays, rivers, waterfalls and cays. Port Antonio is the capital of Portland parish with a population of approx. 15k and has the island’s third largest port.