Holiday facts and information about Port Antonio
The official language in Port Antonio is English some also speak Jamaican Patois which is the English-African Creole dialect.
The Currency used in Port Antonio is the Jamaican dollar.
Best travel time
The climate in Port Antonio is tropical therefore it is constantly warm and sunny with little rainfall.
To Travel into Port Antonio one needs a valid passport, a visa is not required.
Other than the standard vaccinations there is no need for any other vaccinations.
Country and People
Traditions and Culture
Customs / Culture / Traditions Port Antonio was a rather calm town until “Lorenzo Dow Baker” came to Port Antonio in the 1880’s and started the Banana trade. Ever since the town has grown tremendously and attracted many tourists, it became a travel destination for wealthy Americans. Port Antonio is known for its traditional banana and coconut trade. A custom in Port Antonio is to stroll along the “Musgrave Market” as this sells many local products. It is tradition to play reggae music in the city.
The dominant religion in Port Antonio is Christianity.
Port Antonio is a very accessible town within Jamaica, as everything lays very closely one can hire a bicycle or even walk to most sights. Within the city there is a bus transport which rotates in Port Antonio, the rail however is now abandoned as it was used in the past primarily for banana trades.
The most convenient airport when traveling into Port Antonio is “Norman Manley International Airport” which is located in Kingston. This airport receives international flights on a daily basis. At the airport it is possible to rent a car from the company “Island Car Rental Ltd.”
Taxis can be found at the airport, at taxi stands or can be ordered by the hotel.
Discover and Enjoy
Port Antonio is full of interesting unique sights, however some of the most interesting sights worth visiting and seeing include the “Blue Lagoon” which is a land-lock cove where it is also possible to swim, the “Navy Island” where one can see a tropical rainforest, and golden-sand beaches, the “Portland Parish Church”, the ruins of §Folly Mansion”, the “DeMontevin Lodge” and “Portland Parish court house.
/ Lifestyle There are many events which occur throughout the year in port Antonio which also speak for the relaxed and friendly lifestyle the Jamaican inhabitants lead. Amongst these some events are: -“FI WI Sinting” which is a local celebration occurring in February. -“Bob Marley celebration” occurring during February -“Spring Break” occurring during March -“Carnival” occurring during March -“Portland Jerk Festival” occurring during July -“Breadfruit Festival” occurring during August -“Port Antonio International Marlin Fishing Tournament” occurring during October
Port Antonio serves traditional Jamaican food and is known for its “jerk cooking” which is a combination of cooked pork / chicken /seafood with hot spice mixture. Amongst others some local specialties include “Red Stripe” (beer), “saltfish and ackee”, “curried goat and rice”, “bammy” which is a bread made from cassava, “rice and peas” and “patties”