Skip to content

Best things to do in Portland Parish

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“One of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the Caribbean. Magnificent scenery and wonderful spots to sit and enjoy. Don't miss the recently added Chinese Garden - make sure you do a tour with Mr Creary who is a font of information”
57 locals recommend
Mountain
“Blue Mountain Peak is the highest point in Jamaica at 2,255.8metres (7402 feet). The Blue Mountains are the site of Jamaica's first National Park. The range covers three parishes: St. Andrew, St. Thomas and Portland. The flora and fauna to be found on the mountains are very varied and indigenous to Jamaica. Two examples of indigenous plant life are the Portlandia Grandiflora and Aechmea Paniculigera or wild pine.”
19 locals recommend
Nightclub
$$$
“If you love reggae dubclub is the place to be every Sunday night in Kingston. Enjoy freshly prepared vegan meals, fresh juices and great music on the cool hills. ”
19 locals recommend
University
“Take a look at the West Indies university campus. Excellent place to grab a drink and do research.”
22 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Just a relatively short drive up into the hills, see where Kingstonians go to get away from it all.”
14 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great place to walk and slowly enjoy the area. Most cages have animals for viewing. ”
8 locals recommend
Lodging
“It’s a short walk to a wonderful beach with many local food vendors. For the best food on the beach go to Cynthia’s - her place is the bamboo hut with the green, yellow and black colours of the Jamaican flag. She was featured on Anthony Bordaine’s Jamaica show. Best time to go is for lunch as things on the beach close at sunset because there is no electricity down there. I recommend fresh lobster or snapper fish. She serves it with yummy fried plantain, festival and roasted breadfruit.”
15 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Hike the Blue Mountains , home of our famous Blue Mountain Coffee and the longest mountain range in Jamaica with the highest peak, from where it's possible to see as far as Cuba on a clear day. A haven for botanists, birdwatchers and hikers, the Blue Mountains are just awesome to see. There are cabins for rental overnight if you wish to stay until morning to watch the sun rise.”
8 locals recommend
Route
“Reach Falls is one of Portland’s best-kept secrets. The magnificent waterfall is filled with many natural holes carved out by the water, the most terrifying being the Rabbit Hole. If you’re brave enough to jump through this narrow passage, it will take you to a secret, underwater cave that leads to the main pool, where a series of cascades tumble over limestone steps.”
12 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Not a public beach....charges a small fee but it is so worth it. The beach and beach restaurant are well maintained and the staff is professional and warm. The waters are clear with white sand. There is a small fresh water stream running into the sea nearby.....cool and refreshing. ”
15 locals recommend
Establishment
“A small water park in Hope Bay Portland for the most part is never overcrowd ”
11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Rio Grande River Rafting is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to Port Antonio. A skilled, licensed Raft Captain will take you down the river while you relax and absorb the beauty of Portland. Your Captain may regale you with local lore and information about flora and fauna of the area. The rafts are made up of long bamboo logs bound together to make your raft about 4 feet wide and about 25 to 30 feet long. An elevated “loveseat” or “lounge chair”, also made from bamboo, provides seating for the passengers”
11 locals recommend
Establishment
“If you want to get a taste of authentic jerk chicken or jerk pork, then the Boston Jerk Centre in Portland is the place to go. Boston is the home of jerk chicken – a spicy, flavourful meal that was invented by the Maroons of Portland. The jerk stalls are open every day, closing late in the evening, so bring full wallets and empty stomachs to taste all the jerk meals the vendors have to offer.”
10 locals recommend
Bus Station
“One of the most beautifully kept gardens. About 3 to 4 miles away by taxi. ”
4 locals recommend
Café
“This is a 40 min drive up blue mountain but it has an incredible view of the mountains. Also Jamaica's Blue mountain coffee available. It also shares a space where you can experience authentic Jamaican cuisine. ”
11 locals recommend
Park
“This is a 50 min drive up Blue Mountain where you pay a small fee to get access to a gazebo where you can see all of Kingston. It can be chilly so bring a jacket. *If you need assistance in getting to this location I will be available. ”
5 locals recommend