22 Photos Which Show Why Portland is Jamaica’s Most Beautiful Parish

Portland is easily Jamaica’s most beautiful parish with a great diversity in landscapes ranging from Jamaica’s highest mountain peak at a chilly 7,402 feet and dipping as low as to sea level with warm tropical breezes wafting in from the Caribbean Sea. What’s even lovelier is that this parish is relatively untouched from the droves of tourists which flock our major three tourist cities and towns, so it’s possible you’ll find many of these gems 100% empty (and uncommercialized) if you visit. Portland attracts a more ecoturist laidback vibe so it’s no wonder yoga and wellness resorts have been growing in popularity in this side of the island. I’ll let the pictures do the talking– here’s why Portland is my favourite โค and Jamaica’s most beautiful parish.

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The beautiful Somerset Falls in Hope Bay
driving thru the blue mountains
Welcome to my happy place, the Blue Mountains
boston beach portland
Boston Beach, next to the country’s most famous jerk
diocese of jamaica and the cayman islands
Another beauty, a church from the Diocese of Jamaica & the Cayman Islands
Reach Falls. Photo courtesy of: visitjamaica.com
reach falls
One of the lower pools & waterfalls at Reach
Trident hotel
The Trident Hotel. Photo courtesy of: newjetsetters.com
long bay portland drive
Driving through Manchioneal
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Long Bay Beach
Monkey Island
Monkey Island. Photo courtesy of visitjamaica.com
The Blue Lagoon
Another view of the Lagoon
Another view of Daniel’s River which supplies Somerset Falls
sunrise at blue mount peak
Sunrise over the Blue Mountain Peak
Fog over the mountains
Another stunning view from the Mountains

Fun Facts About Portland

  • Portland records the highest annual rainfall in the island which supplies its numerous rivers and waterfalls, and keeps its vegetation so lush and inviting.
  • The parish is a leading producer of bananas, coconuts, breadfruits, coffee, mangoes and ackee which are grown for export as well as local consumption.
  • Port Antonio, the capital of Portland, is regarded as the start of Jamaica’s tourism industry and all-inclusive resorts, having been the first town in the country to accommodate tourist visits as a result of the emergence of the Banana Industry.
  • The parish is home to two Maroon settlements, Nanny Town and Charles Town.

If you’d like to read more about specific Portland attractions like its beaches, hiking trails and waterfalls, click here.

โ€˜Til next time, safe & happy travels. โœŒ๐Ÿฝ

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Adventures from Elle is a travel blog for locals & visitors who want to experience the best of Jamaica, one adventure at a time. The blog is curated by Rochelle Knight, a junior resident (M.D.) in internal medicine and published author. She began the blog in 2016 as a medical student & wants to see the world, starting with her home country. Purchase her book 'SIGHTSEE JAMAICA' on Amazon and join her in Jamaica!

37 thoughts on “22 Photos Which Show Why Portland is Jamaica’s Most Beautiful Parish

  1. Iโ€™ve been going through all your articles to figure out my Itinerary for my upcoming trip. I should just give you the job, you do such a wonderful job highlighting Jamaica. Everything looks so fun and beautiful I donโ€™t know what to do. Hahah

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    1. I’m so happy you’re coming to Jamaica and flattered that you’re browsing my blog to get travel ideas! Have you decided which side of the country you’re staying in yet and how long are you spending? I could certainly drop some suggestions. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— I hope the travel restrictions don’t limit you too much. Have a safe and lovely trip, and feel free to message me at any time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. Lol Travel restrictions? Humm never heard of it ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ Iโ€™ll being staying in St. Catherine for two weeks before I head back to the US. But Iโ€™m open to pretty much anything you suggest. However, Portland seems up my ally this trip. Based on your beautiful pictures of course.

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    3. Haha, I feel you. I 100% recommend any and everywhere in Portland but in particular Boston and Winnifred Beaches, Frenchman’s Cove, Rio Grande rafting and Reach Falls. You could go to Milbank Falls as well if you’re looking to go off the beaten path. Portland is Jamaica’s most beautiful parish by far and not as crowded as Ochi or Montego Bay

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