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The Roots of Heaven | Port Antonio, Jamaica from WSJ.com

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Blog, Jamaica Travel, Port Antonio Jamaica, Portland Jamaica | 1 comment

The Roots of Heaven | Port Antonio, Jamaica from WSJ.com

Editor: Nice article here about beautiful Portland, my favorite parish! When in Jamaica, I spend most of my time in Long Bay, Manchioneal, Port Antonio and all points in between. I'm sharing this WSJ.com article because it gives you a good idea about the spirit and beauty of Portland, Jamaica. There's at least one error to point out: Brooke Shields' movie, Blue Lagoon, was NOT filmed in Jamaica. Despite Portland's being home to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, the movie was apparently shot on Nanuya Levu, a privately owned island in Fiji, while the blue lagoon scenes were shot in Champagne Bay,...

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Jamaican Wood Carving from Port Antonio artist, Rockbottom

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Blog, Jamaican crafts, Port Antonio Jamaica | 0 comments

Jamaican Wood Carving from Port Antonio artist, Rockbottom

Get Jamaican wood carving by Rockbottom in Port Antonio I love art & crafts, but in Jamaica it can be a challenge to find truly locally-made items. Meet my friend, Rockbottom (given name: Girvan Rhoofe). He's a talented wood carver with a very large stall in Port Antonio's Musgrave Market, the big market in the center of town on West Street between the Main Square (with the lovely NCB Bank in the old courthouse & the clock tower) and the Port Antonio Square. You can't miss Musgrave Market - there are always ladies sitting out front selling fruits, vegetables, shoes & other stuff....

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Don’t miss it! 2011 Portland Jerk Festival | this Sunday, July 3rd | Port Antonio, Jamaica

Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Beenie Man, Etana, Festivals/Events, Jamaica Things to Do, Jamaica Travel, Jamaican crafts, Jamaican Culture, Jamaican Food, Jamaican jerk, Jamaican Music, Port Antonio Jamaica, Portland Jamaica, Portland Jerk Festival, Sizzla Kalonji, Terry Linen | 4 comments

How can you really top this - delicious Jamaican jerk and fun family-oriented entertainment - all in one place?? Come savor Jamaica's most famous style of cooking this Sunday, July 3rd, at the 12th Portland Jerk Festival in Port Antonio, Jamaica! This Festival is always a favorite and this year's should be no exception. As usual, the Festival expects a bumper crop of locals from all over the island as well as tourists to make the annual trip to Portland to enjoy the creations of Jamaica's popular chefs. The event always features more than 25 authentic jerk vendors from Portland, the "Home of...

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Jolly Boys 1st Time Ever in New York City | February 24th | Hiro Ballroom

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Festivals/Events, Mento Jamaican Music, Port Antonio Jamaica, Portland Jamaica, The Jolly Boys | 0 comments

Yes, Jamaica had music before reggae, and the Jolly Boys will be taking their quirky blend of traditional and modern mento music - the music of Jamaica before ska, rocksteady and reggae - to the Big Apple for the first time ever with a highly anticipated show at the Hiro Ballroom in New York on Thursday, February 24th, 2011! The Jolly Boys, a rough-and-tumble band, have been performing for 60 years and are well-known for having followed around and played for Errol Flynn at his legendary parties in the 1950s. Foundation members include Albert Minott on vocals and guitar; Joseph ‘Powder’...

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Blazer on the Bay in Long Bay, Jamaica | Good food, nice vibe!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2011 in Blog, Jamaica beaches, Jamaica Travel, Jamaican Food, Jamaican restaurants, Long Bay Jamaica, Port Antonio Jamaica, Portland Jamaica | 4 comments

If you're on the road exploring Jamaica's East coast with a hungry belly, Long Bay in Portland has some good options. Here is one of them. I've enjoyed several good meals here at Blazer in the past few months. :yes: Blazer on the Bay is located smack dab in the middle of Long Bay's glorious white sand beach. It's honestly one of the most spectacular in all of Jamaica. For those of you familiar with Long Bay, Blazer is just a short walk from Chill Out. In its previous lives, it was Cool Runnings Bar followed by the charming Yahimba Beach Cottages which were ravaged by Hurricane Dean in 2007....

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Legend or truth? The mysteries of Portland’s Mitchell Great House!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011 in Blog, Jamaica Travel, Jamaican Culture, Jamaican History & Heritage, Port Antonio Jamaica, Portland Jamaica | 4 comments

Legend or truth? The mysteries of Portland’s Mitchell Great House!

Correction: Thanks to my readers for pointing out an error in my article about the first motor car in Jamaica. According to an article in The Gleaner from 1-29-06: "The first motor car that reached our shores was owned by L.D. Baker of Port Antonio." That would be Lorenzo Dow Baker, the "Banana King". Thanks Howard & Violet! And thanks to Steve Widener for correcting me about little Wood Island off of Folly which is sometimes called Monkey Island.  Pelew Island is actually off of San San beach. I found an old 1774 map of Port Antonio that shows Wood Island as WOODS Island back then, so...

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