From Ochi we moved on to Port Antonio with the Knutsford. It’s about an 2,5 hour drive and costs USD $35 for 2 persons. During the ride they played a Jurassic Parc movie with the sound sky limit high, like everyone in the bus was deaf or something. Who does care about the movie anyway.. for us Jurassic Parc was outside, just right there.
We were dropped off the bus and already the expensive charter taxi’s were waiting. We say ‘no thanks’ and take the cheaper route taxi. The driver brings us to the bus station and we get in an overcrowded minibus. These public buses depart when it’s full loaded. Let’s say; the number of seats does not say anything. In a normal situation a bus has place for let’s say 8 people, in Jamaica they think 12 people is possible, no problem of course.
After about 20 minutes the bus drives towards our destination. We are sitting in the back with our backpacks somewhere behind and the driver doesn’t know yet where he must stop for us, but there is only one direction it appears. We chit-chat with some locals and a young guy tells us about his job. He explains us he is a wood carver and he makes furniture. In Jamaica you will see artists on the street making and selling wood carvings.
During our ride we notice we are in the countryside. Lots of green and more mountainous than the northwest coast. Port Antonio is so different than Negril and Montego Bay. Just a few tourists, small accommodations ant the nature is more untouched. We already know we will like it here.
After a 10-minute ride we ask the driver if he knows Polish Princess Guesthouse, the place we will sleep for three nights. It turns out he already had driven too far. We step out, we walk back and search for our guesthouse. We hardly see any people on the street, but luckily it was easy to find. Barbara, the owner is a Polish woman who once fell in love with a Jamaican guy and build up this beautiful place. She welcomes us very friendly and shows us our room where we will sleep. It’s all very clean and the guesthouse has a great patio with view on the green lush green hills. We will enjoy our breakfasts here for sure!
It’s already late in the afternoon when we arrive, but we are heading to explore the area. After 30 minutes walking in the beautiful jungle surroundings we feel like we are alone on this planet. That’s a wonderful feeling, like nobody has been there and we are the first explorers. We find a steep path that leads us to Winnifred Beach. It’s a small public beach with a few bars and food stands. Popular by locals, not crowded and the atmosphere is easy going. We buy two Red Stripes which costs us together 600 JMD.
Our first morning we start our day with a delicious breakfast on the patio. Every day they serve a different breakfast, it’s like a surprise and we really like that! Today they serve pancakes with fruit, very delicious! This was the first time our stay includes breakfast and we were very happy not to worry about finding good food. You probably think; don’t be so ridiculous, but yeah, sometimes it was difficult to find good (healthy) food especially in the country side. You need to go to the city and you don’t always feel like traveling. Besides the pancakes we tried for the first time the famous Blue Mountain coffee. You MUST taste this coffee if you are in Jamaica for sure. It has a very soft taste, very delicious!