Caribbean Articles & Reviews
Sweet Home Jamaica
Away from the busy tourist towns of Negril and Montego Bay is Jamaica's best-kept secret: Port Antonio.
By Rob Kenner
Away from the busy tourist towns of Negril and Montego Bay is Jamaica's best-kept secret: Port Antonio. The peaceful village at the foot of the Blue Mountains is garnering attention, thanks to a marina that will soon welcome more cruise ships and to recording studios making noise on the world-music scene. But it's still possible to buy a piece of paradise here, be it a 1960's-era house with glassed-in rotunda ($550,000) or an eight-acre retreat like Norse Hill, with four bedrooms and a servants' cottage ($750,000). If you're feeling flush, why not spring for the fully furnished Belmont Villa ($960,000)?Owned for 35 years by the Molson beer family, the three-bedroom luxury lodge—with a saltwater pool and a gazebo—adjoins a private beach. Valerie Levy & Associates, 876/993-7333; Century 21, 876/906-4710.