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Port Antonio Beaches

Boston Beach © Port Antonio Tourism
Boston Beach © Port Antonio Tourism

Port Antonio has some of Jamaica's most beautiful beaches, from free public beaches to managed beaches with more tourist facilities and entrance fees. San San Beach is a private strip of sand that has warm and shallow waters, and some offshore reefs that are ideal for snorkelling. In winter the waves make this the perfect spot to windsurf.

One of the region's prettiest beaches is Frenchman's Cove, with its clear waters and white sand. During the 1960s a luxurious hotel resort, visited by the likes of Prince Philip and Elizabeth Taylor, occupied the headland, but has since closed down and fallen to ruin.

The secluded cove at Boston Bay is perhaps more famous for its jerk stands than its public beach, with food stalls lining the road that serve jerk in all its forms. The waves, however, have raised its status as one of the best beaches in Jamaica for windsurfing.

Winnifred Beach is beautiful and still relatively off the beaten track by Jamaican standards. The beach is free and not commercialised, although there are some great little food stalls on the shore. There is excellent snorkelling at Winnifred but it is best to wear some water shoes to avoid the spiky urchins.