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Port Antonio is a year-round affair. The rainy season (June and October) is actually a popular time to visit, with travellers revelling in the torrential tropical downpours (the rain’s warm at least) that keep Portland so green and lush. Storms are generally short-lived, and there are plenty of dry and sunny days in between. High season is mid December–mid April, and hurricane season is from the beginning of June until the end of November. It’s wise to avoid going during the American spring break (March–April), though Portland is less affected by this than Montego Bay and Negril.
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PlanesFly from London to Kingston airport with BA (www.britishairways.com) or Virgin (www.virgin-atlantic.com). The main American carriers also run flights from the usual hubs, along with Air Jamaica (www.airjamaica.com). Air Canada connects Toronto and Kingston (www.aircanada.com). A private transfer flight from Kingston to your hotel costs from US$675 for a single trip in a four-seater plane. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the Blue Mountains on the way. If you want to make a grand entrance, hire a chopper from Kingston to your hotel for around US$995 each way (for four passengers).
AutomobilesPort Antonio is a two-hour drive from Kingston – drive along the coast or through the mountains (then swap on your way back). If you’re planning on exploring, it makes sense to hire a 4x4 and a driver.
TaxisA route taxi in Jamaica is essentially a high-speed minibus, offering an on-demand (stops anywhere) service for a random selection of people, travelling in vaguely the same direction. Ask your hotel to book your journeys with a trusted local cab driver (they will also give you an idea of journey costs). Keep your cabbie’s number and be his best customer throughout your stay.