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Mocking Bird Hill, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Spa table in natural setting, Mocking Bird Hill, Port Antonio, Jamaica
A spa table awaits at Mocking Bird Hill (courtesy, Mocking Bird Hill)

6. Mocking Bird Hill, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Mountains overlooking twin harbors, the town of Port Antonio has the ideal mixture of beach and rainforest. This is the lush windward side of Jamaica, where the mountains slope down to such enchanting beaches as Frenchman's Cove. The highlight of a Port Antonio stay is a bamboo-raft trip on the Rio Grande River, which rises in the mountains behind town. Also on the hillside, 600 feet high, is the enchanting Mocking Bird Hill, a ten-room inn known for its mix of luxury and eco-friendly practices. The massage oils are made from indigenous herbs, the food in the acclaimed restaurant, Mille Fleurs, is grown organically, and the art around the property is created by local artisans. Rates start at $135 a night, including a free shuttle down to Frenchman's Cove Beach.


Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at farandaway@comcast.net.

Published: 13 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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