Port Antonio and the East Coast


Port Antonio has a wide range of accommodation options with a notable concentration of high-end villas. Nonetheless, budget hotels and guesthouses dot the coast from town all the way to Long Bay. As in many parts of Jamaica, there are no street numbers, and roads are often referred to as the "main." Refer to the maps in this book for exact locations.


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Inn at the Cove

The Inn at the Cove (d. USD 175) is the reincarnation of what was once San San Tropez. Located in the heart of San San district, across the road from Frenchman's Cove, this affordable, well-located accommodation is suited for couples, groups of friends and families, a stone's throw from all the main attractions in the greater Port Antonio area. San San Beach is a few minutes' walk away, and Blue Hole, just around the corner, with Winnifred Beach also within a five minute's drive.

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San Cove

San Cove (US$7,000/8,000 weekly low/high season) is an adjacent sister property to San Bar which can be annexed to expand the accommodation capacity for larger groups who want to remain close. The highlight of this four-bedroom, three-story luxury villa is its exceptionally large deck with grill and picturesque gazebo, fit for relaxing in the shade or enjoying a fine meal at the water’s edge. Amenities afford all the comforts of home, including AC, WiFi, full staff.

In: Villas

San Bar

San Bar (US$10,500/12,000 weekly low/high season) is a six-bedroom villa sleeping a maximum of eight adults and six children, ideally situated among the Blue Lagoon Villas with a clear view of Pellew Island and Alligator Head. Easily one of the best villas around, San Bar boasts an oversized hot tub on the deck, impeccable furnishings, and more balconies than you’ll want to count. Cable TV, broadband Internet, iPod docks and a stereo keep guests well plugged in. Quite possible the most luxurious villa in Port Antonio given its location.

In: Villas

Belmont Villa

Built in 1962, Belmont is a four-bedroom villa at the base of Alligator Head, a peninsula overlooking San San Beach and Pellew Island. The villa has a minimalist, modern and inviting feel that pays homage to Jamaican culture and the island's natural beauty, with a small pool at the center of well-manicured lawns. Three bedrooms have king-size beds, and the fourth has two double beds, all with air conditioning, ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms. Two bedrooms have private decks, while the third and fourth bedroom share a deck between them.

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Pimento Lodge Hideaway

Pimento Lodge Hideaway Resort (US$155) has three room categories, deluxe, superior and junior suite. Four-poster king and bamboo frame beds, louvered windows and breezy verandas make Pimento lodge a comfortable retreat. Lloyd Edwards returned from an engineering career in England to launch Pimento Lodge in 2012. Guests and non-guests must make reservations to dine at the property.

In: European Plan

Birdie 'ill

Birdie 'ill (USD 4,000/5,000 weekly, low/high, USD 6,000 Christmas-New Year's) is a four-bedroom hilltop villa ideal for families or small groups overlooking San San Beach and Alligator Head.

In: Villas

Rio Vista Resort Villas

Rio Vista Resort Villas, situated on a hill overlooking the eastern banks of the Rio Grande, has two-bedroom cottages, a one-bedroom honeymoon cottage with a spectacular view up the Rio Grande (US$155), and four single rooms between the main house and two suites. The one-bedroom cottage is suitable for a couple, the two-bedroom cottages can sleep up to four, and the three-bedroom villa (US$270) sleeps up to six on two king-size and two full-size beds.

In: Condos and Apartments