The Best Hotels in Port Antonio, Jamaica

Travelers who want to enjoy the fabled beaches of Jamaica’s north coast but avoid the big tourist districts of Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril have long known to detour east to the small resort towns of Port Antonio, a Coastal city with a rich history located between Blue Mountains National Park and Boston Bay, the unofficial capital of Jamaica. For a beach vacation in Jamaica that brings you closer to island culture and a wealth of outdoor activities, consider one of these top Port Antonio hotels and resorts:

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Arguably Port Antonio’s best-known hotel, the chic Geejam is a haven for musicians and music lovers (it has an on-site recording studio) hidden away in the coastal rainforest of the Blue Mountains. Accommodations are a mix of hotel rooms, villas and cabins, all private and distinctively designed (the treehouses are named after four of Jamaica’s most popular musical styles: Reggae, Mento, Rocksteady and Ska). A DJ booth livens up the poolside scene, but solitude awaits in peaceful Geejam Bay.

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Frenchman’s Cove in Jamaica.

Frenchman’s Cove Resort

Located on a quiet cove on the outskirts of town, this former estate has a dozen guest rooms in a grand historic house and 16 cottages nestled amidst lush vegetation and a beach considered one of the Jamaica’s best. Once an exclusive address for visiting celebrities, Frenchman’s Cove now attracts a more democratic mix of guests, including families and wedding parties. A beach bar and grill is a popular hangout, and freshwater sand-washing showers are fed by river water that pours from the mountains into the sea.

Trident Hotel

This Small Luxury Hotels of the World property features 11 beachfront villas brightly decorated in mid-century modern style, a clifftop infinity pool and health spa, restaurants serving , and a classic supper club with a speakeasy vibe. Guests can snorkel in the clear waters off the beach or sign up at the watersports center for sea activities. Local attractions include the Blue Lagoon, Rio Grande rafting trips, and hiking Cascade.

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Mockingbird Hill

An eco-friendly hillside resort with just 10 rooms, Mockingbird Hill is close enough to Frenchman’s Cove for fun days at the beach, yet secluded enough to disappear into the natural beauty of the Jamaican interior. There will be no televisions to disturb the tranquility – entertainment is instead provided by the many birds that inhabit the gardens and surrounding hills of this de facto wildlife refuge. Bring a book, settle into a chair on the terrace with its unforgettable rainforest and ocean views, and let time slow down.

Hotel Palace Jamaica

The gilded lobby is indeed lavish at this hotel set in a Georgian mansion with a mix of hotel rooms and full and junior suites. The decor is decidedly old school, with lots of ornate curtains and furniture, and with 80 rooms, it’s big enough to host important weddings and other big events. A collection of over 2,000 original works of art adds to the traditional atmosphere of elegance.

Sea Cliff Resort and Spa

Reminiscent of the clifftop boutique hotels of Negril, the Seacliff has just 15 beachfront rooms with inviting hammocks for easy relaxation, plus a trio of private villas. The Cliffhanger delivers on its promise of dining with a spectacular view, with an emphasis on authentic local cuisine.

Bay View Eco Resort and Spa

The 30 rooms here are a mix of hotel-style accommodations spread across five buildings and a handful of junior suites. An open-air spa offers a variety of treatments, and the location is an ideal base for exploring San San Bay, Portland, the craft village of Port Antonio, and beyond.

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Anyone who loved treehouses as a child will love this quirky resort, inspired by a West African village and offering stays in tents, individually decorated suites, and of course cabins and cabins in the trees adored with stunning wood carvings and overlooking Boston Bay. The Safari Deck restaurant will have you looking for passing giraffes and elephants – alas, the only ones here are of the wooden variety.