Destination Travel Guide for Visitors to Jamaica PORT MARIA
One of Jamaica’s smallest parishes with a population of about 115,000, St. Mary is located along the north eastern coast in between Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.
The parish has several Great Houses, Historic Buildings and Ruins, and produces a large variety of agricultural produce such as Bananas, Coconuts, Citrus, Cocoa, Coffee and Breadfruit.
Many Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall artists come from St. Mary including Beres Hammond, Sizzla, Ninja Man, Lady Saw and Capleton.
Some places of interest in St. Mary include James Bond Beach – made famous by the movie “Dr. No”, Reggae Beach for outdoor entertainment and great food, and “Firefly”, the former residence of British playwright Noel Coward.
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St. Mary has a large number of Jamaicans of East Indian descent and Scott’s Hall is home to the St. Mary Maroons.
Port Maria, or “Puerto Santa Maria”, was built by the Spanish in one of the 1st places they occupied and still stands as the capital town of St. Mary.
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Cities, Towns & Districts
in Port Maria (St. Mary)
Town or District City / Parish – Population (Approx.) – GPS Coordinates
Lucky Hill, Port Maria / St. Mary – 750 – 18.30°N 77.02°W
Richmond, Port Maria / St. Mary – 1,984 – 18.23°N 76.90°W
Islington, Port Maria / St. Mary – 2,868 – 18.32°N 76.85°W
Guy’s Hill, Port Maria / St. Mary – 3,165 – 18.25°N 77.00°W
Gayle, Port Maria / St. Mary – 3,205 – 18.33°N 77.00°W
Oracabessa, Port Maria / St. Mary – 4,066 – 18.47°N 76.93°W
Highgate, Port Maria / St. Mary – 5,418 – 18.32°N 76.87°W
Annotto Bay, Port Maria / St. Mary – 5,468 – 18.2703°N 76.7706°W
Port Maria, Port Maria / St. Mary – 7,651 – 18.37°N 76.89°W
Boscobel, Port Maria / St. Mary – Not Available – 18°23’57.6″N 76°58’02.6″W
Huddersfield, Port Maria / St. Mary – Not Available – 18°24’28.3″N 76°59’37.5″W
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