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Blue Lagoon (Port Antonio)

Port Antonio, Jamaica
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  • Type: Beaches, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.8)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Seen the Brooke Shields movie of the same name? This is your chance to live it (though with your swimsuit on, please). Travelers recommend this central Port Antonio lagoon for its breathtaking water and surrounding gardens. Like its name suggests, the Blue Lagoon is a vibrant cobalt color that's worth snapping a few pictures and swimming a few laps around. The water is cool, very deep (approximately 180 feet, according to some reports) and a mix of saltwater and freshwater fed by a nearby mineral spring. Throughout the day as the angle of the sun changes, the water appears to be different shades of blue. You'll find the lagoon about 7 miles east of Port Antonio.

Many nearby hotels provide guests with free access to the lagoon, but those coming from further away should book a rafting or boat tour in order to visit the remarkable cove. (There is no public beach in the area, and it can be dangerous to try to find the lagoon on your own.) Also keep in mind that the Blue Lagoon's former resturant has been under construction for several years, detracting from the experience for many recent travelers: "The Lagoon is beautiful & the grounds lush, great for pictures but it's a hike and there is nothing else to do there," one TripAdvisor reviewer cautions. 

Boat or raft tours of the lagoon usually include a stop at the nearby Monkey Island. Most tours leave from Port Antonio, but full-day tours depart from Montego Bay and Ochos Rios. Some boat tours depart from San San Beach, located about 1 mile east of the Blue Lagoon. Ask your hotel concierge for more information about setting up a tour. 

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