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Uncommon Beauty: The Beaches of Portland, Jamaica

Uncommon Beauty: The Beaches of Portland, Jamaica
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Uncommon Caribbean loves the beach… especially when the scenery rivals the image at left.

This shot was captured in Portland, Jamaica’s 7th largest Parish, and home to some of JA’s most valued treasures.

Over Portland’s 314 square miles you’ll find the highest peaks of the mystical Blue Mountains, the legendary Blue Lagoon, Rio Grande, and a series of seaside caves, bays, waterfalls and hills that make this an eco-lover’s dream come true.

The place is just downright gorgeous. So much so that swashbuckling Hollywood star, Errol Flynn, who lived in Portland after his yacht shipwrecked there in the mid-1940’s, called the area “the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.”

We hear that his wife, presumably #2 on Flynn’s list, still lives there today.

Yes, there’s a lot to love about Portland (I didn’t even mention the quiet charm of Port Antonio, Portland’s capital), but we’re all about the beaches today.

Frenchman’s Cove, San San and Winnifred (also known as Fairy Hill) all offer excellent swimming and snorkeling, with pristine white sand and clear-blue waters. Winnifred even has a mineral spring at its eastern edge allowing for a uniquely natural freshwater rinse.

Portland’s longest beach, the aptly-named Long Bay, also boasts pristine white sand and stunning turquoise water. The difference here is the surf, which kicks up consistently fueled by a strong offshore wind.

Small, rocky and rough, Boston Beach is another prime surfing spot. Still, the bigger attraction here is the food. Boston Beach is the birthplace of jerk cuisine, and the beachside jerk stands here are legendary.

Just imagine a nice warm plate of jerk chicken and festivals, a cold Red Stripe and the surf crashing at your feet.

Yeah, I’d be jumping for joy too.

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