Anyone remember the song ‘Island in the Sun’ by Harry Belafonte? I had this playing on my desktop computer as I wrote this post on Jamaica. We had just returned from a beautiful 10 days on this fourth-largest Caribbean island surrounded by mountains, rain-forests and reef lined beaches. I had always wanted to visit Jamaica ever since I lived in London which is home to probably the largest Jamaican population outside of Jamaica. The reggae music, the food, the warmth of the people attracted me to this island in the sun. I was familiar with names such as Montego Bay and Kingston, but had never heard of Portland, the area we explored.
A local friend who lived in Portland Parish many years ago encouraged us to seek it out. So in my usual fashion, I went about researching the area, I asked around and jumped on the Trip Advisor forum, my faithful source for seeking information from travelers who have actually been there. Portland Parish is on the northeast coast of the island. When researching Portland, I found that it was a mixture of lush green countryside and beautiful beaches, rivers, caves, coves and waterfalls. I’m so glad we checked it out, it was all that I had read and researched about and so much more. We felt we had experienced the real Jamaica. Below are just a few highlights of our trip to paradise.