Navigable rivers, twin harbors, waterfalls, freshwater Blue Holes, and so much more, Port Antonio is said to be the heart and soul of Jamaica. Visit the Blue Lagoon, nearly 200 feet deep it boasts hues of blue and green that amaze and both warm and cold water exist side by side allowing swimmers to find their perfect temperature. Local lore says that Hollywood legend
Errol Flynn began the tradition of rafting the Rio Grande to entertain his guests and now visitors recreate the 6-mile journey through rural Jamaica on bamboo rafts.
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Departing by air-conditioned buses through the Titchfield Hill area, homes
of Georgian Architecture are positioned to view both east and west Harbour overlooking Navy Island which acceeded to Governor Lynch in 1770 and later the British Navy in 1778. In 1793 Captain Bligh brought many exotic fruits to the Island. In the 1940’s Errol Flynn acquired the Island.
The Ruins of Jamaica Reef Hotel once owned by movie actor Errol
Flynn and the remains of the southern section of the property previously the site of the first Caribbean Resort 400 room Titchfield Hotel built in 1890
owned by the United Fruit Company where Tourism began in Jamaica and
United Fruit Co. had an elaborate presence in the area with massive Banana
Plantations and production driving eastward to the Folly Estate, its rich
history at the Ruins, built by Tiffany heiress Annie Olivia Tiffany and her husband Alfred Mitchell. Monkey Island sits off the Estate 3 acres of intense woodland especially cultivated to accommodate a rear specie of Monkeys which were brought to the Island by Explorer Hiram Bingham to occupy the Island after he rediscovered the lost City of Incas in Peru in 1912.
Passing the exquisite San San area the residence of the very rich and famous
Pelew Island given to Princess Nina Dyer by Saddrudin Aga Khan the son of the Aga Khan. 15 minutes A photo stop at the Trident Castles (subject to availability)
Along the coast a view of the bottomless Blue Lagoon is an impressive vista returning to Port Antonio driving through the village of Prospect with its narrow streets typifying its past British occupation and architecture now occupied by Local Residences.
The Anglican Church built in 1840 an architectural masterpiece.
Returning to view the combination of the village of St. George medieval and Tudor Renaissance of European styles and Gothic arches the complex put together by a resident German Baroness.
From your ship in air-conditioned comfort drive along the scenic shore coast pass the Monumental Anglican Church, The Folly Estate, the famous Trident Castle and Palace Hotel. Arrive at San San Beach, 2000 ft. of white sand and allow the sea ripples to filter through your toes, the warm Caribbean Sea feels Therapeutic. Soak up the sun and sip on a Tropical drink.
Enjoy a taste of Jamaica in a Light Lunch of Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas, Salad,Cookies.
Departing the cruise pier in air-conditioned comfort through original Tourism Mecca of Port Antonio through lush Tropical Mountain Terrain and small Picturesque Villages, along the shoreline through Bananas and Sugar Cane Country arrive at Brimmer Hall Estate. A cool refreshing drink awaits and the service of fresh fruits, tasty sugar cane and coconuts on ice.
The Keeper of the Estate will introduce the workings of this original 5,000 acre Estate, a tractor drawn Tram will ride through the estate with a Farmer for authentic plantation narration the development and working of the various crops, climbing the coconut tree for picking coconut and a touch Rum.
Return to the Great House built by slaves in the 18th Century now a National Monument. Return journey take in the sights missed on the way and stop at Somerset Falls located between the villages of St. Margaret’s Bay and Hope Bay originally established by the British occupation to enable habitable living and accommodate the production of Bananas and Sugar Cane.
The beautiful Somerset Falls, a tour of this incredible natural Beauty of Nature as you explore the banks of the river, shower under the flowing waterfalls and explore the mysterious ancient caves amidst the lush foliage is the Restaurant where a taste of the island is a culinary experience (optional).
Return journey to Port Antonio board your awaiting Super Liner.
Port Antonio was the home of the famous Hollywood film star, Errol Flynn. He once described the town as “a paradise unspoiled by human hands”.
Your scenic drive goes by the brilliant blue Caribbean Sea towards sights such as the splendid Castle, which was originally commissioned by a German baroness. The Castle is currently owned by architect Earl Levy and is one of the most glamorous homes in the Caribbean; so don’t forget your camera!
Sightseeing continues along the coast, passing the Trident Castle in the distance, rising imposingly from the waterfront. This audacious European-styled Castle in full white is framed by water and tropical foliage. The classical interiors proportioned on a grand scale have a wealth of architectural embellishments, moldings and friezes. Another interesting sight is the Jamaica Palace, one of the most attractive and elegant hotels in all of Jamaica. The 80 uniquely designed air-conditioned suites and rooms are located within walking distance to the most romantic private coves and beaches in Port Antonio.
Arriving at Frenchman’s Cove, you will find a private estate in an unspoiled part of the north east coast of the Island, which consists of 45 acres of rolling landscape with tropical trees and plants. You will have a few hours to soak up the sunshine, and maybe indulge in a little swimming, in the peaceful tropical surroundings. A small river runs through the grounds, down to its own sheltered white sandy beach and lush greenery abounds on the property. Walking is over flat sandy terrain. Bring a towel.
Depart the cruise ship pier in an air-conditioned transport and enjoy a scenic drive through the narrow streets of the town which depicts the era of British occupation arriving at the San San Beach for a swim and lunch of jerk chicken, rice & peas, salad and cookies directly on the beach. Afterwards, returning back towards Port Antonio, drive up the southern hills through rainforest country to the river banks of the Rio Grande. You will be given a short safety briefing before boarding a bamboo raft built for two. Your special guide will take you on an unforgettable romantic scenic experience through jungle country, small rapids and a mild flowing river.
After your ride, arriving at Rafters Rest, there will be changing and wash rooms available for your use. Enjoy another scenic drive eastward through the lush countryside back to your ship.
Depart the pier through the town of Port Antonio, passing the Folly Estate, the Trident Castle, a number of small native villages after the beaches of San San and Pelew Island close to the Blue Lagoon. The shoreline is quite beautiful. Along the way is the Errol Flynn Estate and Historic Castle Police Station 105 years old is the entrance to the Errol Flynn Estate, the Long Bay Beach where the waves bounce back from the reef system along the cliffs through cattle and Banana country.
Motor up the hills through scenic country arriving at Reach Falls one of nature’s unspoilt creations and a part of the Drivers River, have a swim in the pool as the falls exhilarate a powerful shower and therapy. On the return journey those magnificent picturesque views may be a photo stop at wish.
A stop at San San Beach for a swim and a lunch of Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas, Salad and Cookies is a pleasurable experience before returning to the ship.