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Outside Activities

If you feel like venturing outside Great Huts, below are some of the exciting things that you can do around Port Antonio. All of these activities are within 30-45 minutes’ drive from Great Huts. Please ask at the Reception for Paul Williams – our Cultural and Entertainment manager, for advice on where to go and how to get there. He can take you around if you wish or at least help you with the transportation. If don’t feel like going far, see if ACTIVITIES AROUND GREAT HUTS is what you are looking for – something to relax and un-wind.

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Relax at Frenchman’s Cove Beach


Frenchman’s Cove beach is a very unique beach located in the parish of Portland, Jamaica. This place is often referred to as Paradise! The grounds at the cove spread about 42 acres with villas throughout, however, the actual beach is relatively small. This is not a problem because this beach is rarely crowded. What makes this beach so unique is the amazing river that meets the ocean – such a sight to see! The sand is soft and white and the water is crystal clear. You can choose to swim in the very calm river or the ocean.

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Winnifred Beach


Come to Winnifred Beach, located between the Blue Lagoon and Boston Bay, for a real authentic Jamaican public beach experience. Some say that you are not a Jamaican until you have visited Winnifred Beach! Visit on the weekend to join Jamaicans swimming, playing cricket or just relaxing on the beach. Weekdays are quieter and you may even have the whole beach to yourself. The sea is good for swimming and a coral reef gives snorkelling opportunities. The beach is dotted with vendors huts selling food, drinks, carvings and jewellery.

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Swim at Blue Lagoon


The Blue Lagoon is a natural lagoon, situated roughly seven miles east of Port Antonio. The deep lagoon was once thought to be bottomless but divers have since determined it’s depth to be around 180 feet. The most striking feature about the Blue Lagoon is its mystical blue colour which changes throughout the day, depending on the angle of the sun. A day spent by the Blue Lagoon can see the hue change from turquoise to sapphire to deep blue. When you go swimming in the blue lagoon, you’ll be massaged by streams of warm water from the Caribbean Sea and refreshing jets of icy fresh water from the underground streams which feed the lagoon. Look out for pushy locals - learn to say "No" with a smile.

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Rio Grande Rafting


While staying at Great Huts, be sure to consider a raft trip down the Rio Grande. From the launch point it is about a 3 hour leisurely float down river to the sea. Sit back and relax on the bamboo bench while the captain aggressively poles the raft, guiding it through the tricky spots, working very hard in order to arrive in a timely manner. This is a great rafting experience, exciting but safe! It still takes some time to arrive and there are opportunities to stop at a sandbar replete with food and drink stalls. Or to pull over and purchase a Red Stripe from local women who happen to bring coolers stocked with ice and drinks to the rivers edge along with their daily washing.

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Climb Reach Falls


Reach Falls is the most natural and undeveloped large waterfall in Jamaica. The main waterfall is about seven meters high and 20 meters wide, falling in to a large pool below. It is here that scenes from the Tom Cruise movie cocktail were filmed. Above the main falls the Drivers River meanders over a series of natural pools in the limestone rock face. If you follow the river for about half a mile you'll reach the Mandingo Cave (a guide is strongly recommended for this trip) that features a natural waterfall inside. The scenery is stunning and showcases natural Jamaica at its best; tropical rainforest, hanging vines, bamboo canes and natural caves envelope the falls.

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Visit Somerset Falls


If you like waterfalls, Somerset Falls is definitely the place to go. A world class setting to chill out, take a swim and refresh yourself. Located between Hope Bay and Port Antonio, Somerset Falls sits behind a hedge of bright red ginger lilies and green bottlebrush plants. The breath-taking waterfall is hidden in the rainforest, where the Daniels River plunges down a narrow gorge. Here you can settle in for a lovely day of sunning, relaxing and bathing in picture-perfect deep rock pools, or enjoy a boat ride around the back falls and visit the caves. Afterwards, have a meal of fine seafood or spicy jerk pork at the Garden Restaurant or a cocktail at the Rhythm and Booze bar, which on Sundays livens up with classic Reggae, dominoes and dancing.

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Birdwatching and Nature


Ecclesdown Road is 15 minutes away and is a fantastic birding location. It offers visitors the chance to see nearly all the country's endemic bird species in just a few hours. The pristine habitat is enchanting, and birders will find themselves immersed in birdsong and lush tropical foliage all along the winding road.

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Scuba Diving in Port Antonio, Jamaica


Are you ready to get hooked on scuba diving? Well, brace yourself because the moment you dive below Jamaican water’s surface and into the serene silence of the underwater world, you’ll finally appreciate what Jacques Cousteau experienced about all those years. Scuba diving in Port Antonio is quite the experience - you’ll find some of the best dive sites her. Contact our Reception to book your trip.

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Snorkelling in Port Antonio


The waters around Port Antonio are great for snorkeling, though famed for their deep-sea fishing. We recommend San San Beach, with its shallow and protected waters that are frequented by an abundance of tropical fish. Perfect for swimming and snorkelling, the water is warm and shallow. There are some reefs a few yards from the shore that offer good snorkelling. Just across from the beach is the tiny but beautiful Pelew Island, also known as Princess Island which is also great for snorkelling or just lazing if you are up to the swim there.

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Cave Spelunking in Jamaica


Go caving and explore wild cave systems - there are over 1,000 cave systems in Jamaica and you can build a thrill-seeking vacation around any of them. Navigate through pitches and squeezes, steep and slippery slopes, climb and crawl your way through passages and water and get your adrenaline pumping. Explore sinkholes, underground rivers and caves in-depth with help and guidance from the Jamaican Caves Organisation. Ask Reception for more details.


Please contact the Reception for more details on all of these Activities and even more!


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