View of Port Antonio c. 1940's
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The Gem of the Tropics
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Greetings from Jamaica c.1940's
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History of Port Antonio

Port Antonio, a settlement first established in Spanish Jamaica when it was known as Puerto Anton, formally became a parish in 1723 by order of the Duke of Portland, the then-Governor of Jamaica after whom it is named. The town, often referred to as the “ Cradle Of Tourism” in Jamaica started in 1893 when banana was king.

Port Antonio features a trade-wind tropical rainforest climate like many areas with this climate type. The average temperatures vary little throughout the course of the year, with average monthly temperatures of 24 °C (75 °F) and the dry season from February to April.

The island was glamorized by Hollywood as a model of paradise in movies of the 1940s and 1950s and in later movies such as Club Paradise, Cocktail, The Blue Lagoon and more recently No Time to Die.

Given its obscurity, seclusion and beauty, Port Antonio is a favorite destination of many Hollywood stars of the past like Errol Flynn and Rudyard Kipling, Elizabeth Taylor; and it is also playground to today’s leading actors and musicians like Tom Cruise, Mick Jagger and Beyoncé + Jay Z.