The experience in Portland
Welcome to the Eastern side! The secret of Portland’s pull is its sleepy charm, dramatic coastline, sparkling waterfalls and romantic caves. Portland claims beautiful white-sand beaches, lush forests - part of the Blue Mountains and many other attractions. The natural beauty of the parish is obvious when you explore the Blue Lagoon, Reach Falls and the Rio Grande River. Just 5 miles out from the capital is Frenchman’s Cove. The beach is a part of Frenchman’s Cove Resort, a popular destination for weddings, honeymoons and other special events. Looking for a world class marina? Then Errol Flynn Marina is the property you must see with its 32 fixed berths, a helicopter landing area and other facilities. Portland also has the only modern-day castle in Jamaica built in the 1970s and now operated as part of the upscale Trident Hotel owned by native –born billionaire Michael Lee-Chin. It has played host to personalities like Jhonny Depp, Robin Williams, Kate Moss and Tom Cruise.
For many visitors, the ultimate Portland experience is a culinary one – authentic jerk pork prepared in open pits on the grounds at Boston Bay. Offerings include sausages, chicken, fish and lobster. Jamaican jerk can be found on menus of the most sophisticated restaurants of New York, London and Toronto; in eateries around the Caribbean; in the all-inclusive enclave hotels of the north coast and at every rest stop and roadside shack in Jamaica. However, there is only one place in the world you can get that genuine jerk taste and that’s in the parish of Portland.