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Escape to Jamaica’s Eco-friendly Enclave

March 31, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Port Antonio, a secluded, sleepy harbor town 60 miles from Kingston, is known as the go-to resort area in Jamaica to slow down and unplug. With its jagged coastline of thick foliage that opens to breathtaking waterfalls and idyllic beaches, the setting is only a part of the magic it has to offer eco-conscious travelers looking to explore its natural wonders. Some of the region’s most environmentally friendly hotels observe practices that include the use of solar paneling for energy conservation, recycling programs aimed at lessening carbon footprint and farm to table menus that showcase the island’s beloved cuisine.

“Port Antonio’s unspoiled, all natural beauty, makes it an ideal destination for eco-conscious travelers in search of authentic experiences,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “On a Port Antonio vacation, visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of Mother Nature’s bounty including the recently designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Blue and John Crow Mountains, as well as the Blue Lagoon and Frenchman’s Cove.”

Following is a sample of accommodation options and things to do while in Port Antonio: 

Eco-friendly Accommodations

Kanopi House offers luxury Tree Houses nestled amongst 100-foot Banyan trees and is surrounded by a secluded cove. The property boasts limited footprint with practices such as recycling the wastewater on the property and the use of sustainable and regionally sourced hardwood.

Hotel Mockingbird Hill boasts 10 eco-boutique rooms that are decorated using locally made furniture crafted from sustainable woods like bamboo. The hotel has also partnered with the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, the organization that manages the national park in the Blue and John Crow Mountains, to help offset carbon emissions by ensuring that trees get planted in the area and are successfully grown.

Great Huts is an eco-friendly boutique hotel that is set on the edge of a cliff and is only a few minutes’ walk from the beach. The African style huts inspire oneness with nature. Guests can choose to meditate, hike in the nearby Blue Mountains, meet with natural healing practitioners, enjoy African drumming circles and get an all-around spiritual and nature-friendly experience.

Explore Nature

A remarkable way to see the island, the Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour takes sightseers down the mountainside and along rolling hills. Ideal for singles, couples or families who wish to experience and photograph the world-famous Blue Mountains and lush, tropical countryside – all while soaking up the fresh Jamaican air.

Rio Grande Rafting is one of the more coveted activities in Port Antonio. Glide along the Rio Grande while experienced guides, who are knowledgeable about the river and its ecosystem including the bird sanctuary, man the bamboo rafts. Swimming in the river is perhaps the best part of the journey.

Reach Falls, located east of Port Antonio, is an eco-attraction hidden in the Montane Forrest on the John Crow Mountain Range. Centered around an exotic waterfall cascading into an emerald river pool, a guided tour offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the Falls and its legendary underwater cave.

For more information about Port Antonio and Jamaica’s eco-friendly offerings, visit

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