The Best Beaches in Jamaica: The Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio, Portland
Updated: May 10, 2019
Blue Lagoon is located in Port Antonio, an extremely popular travel destination for families and honeymooners. Blue Lagoon is a vision of beauty with clear blue skies, glistening, turquoise blue waters surrounded by lush greenery ... the Blue Lagoon is a paradise in itself.
The Blue Lagoon, also known as Blue Hole, is about a 20-minute drive from the heart of Ocho Rios. As you approach the aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon, it’s easy to understand how the name originated. Get a rush as you leap from the top of the cliffs into the cool water, then put your skills to the test by climbing back up the waterfalls, or take time exploring the caves under the rocks that make up the falls. Most hotels offer shuttle service to the Blue Lagoon.
When you first arrive, you may notice that the lagoon looks familiar to you. If you’ve seen the Brooke Shields’ movie, The Blue Lagoon, then you’ll know why. The lagoon was once called “The Blue Hole,” but with the popularity of the movie, the lagoon’s name was permanently changed to “The Blue Lagoon.”
The water seems to have a bit of magic to it, as the color changes throughout the day, depending upon the way the sun shines upon the surface. When you first arrive, the water can look turquoise but you may notice that during your boat ride, the water changes to a deeper sapphire or even royal blue.
Locals used to believe that the lagoon was bottomless, but it has since been discovered that the depth is somewhere around 180 to 200 feet.
The water in Blue Lagoon is a mix of fresh water and salt water, as the lagoon is open to the sea and fed by freshwater springs. If you decide to take a dip in the lagoon, you’ll notice the alternating temperatures (the warmth of the Caribbean Sea and the icy cold waters of the underground streams), which is quite an experience.
Most people who visit Blue Lagoon say that it is an extremely interesting and beautiful place to visit. The boat tours are well worth the cost, which is around $30US, or about 3000 JMD. Otherwise, this is a free landmark as there is no entrance fee.
Some visitors complain the tours aren’t very long and since the restaurant was damaged in a hurricane, there isn’t much to keep you entertained. However, if you’re the type that can be entertained by the pure beauty of one of the world’s natural phenomenons, you will likely enjoy this trip.
What to Bring:
While visiting the Blue Lagoon, you want to bring as little as possible. If you decide to swim, you’ll need to stash your stuff somewhere and wouldn’t want to risk losing valuable items.
· Pocket Money
· Always travel with insect repellent.
· These items should easily fit into a tote or duffel for easy carrying.
If you’re staying in Kingston or Ocho Rios, it will take just under 2 hours to travel to the Blue Lagoon. From Montego Bay, it will take about 3 and a half hours. It’s almost 5 hours from Negril.
The Blue Lagoon should be on your to-do list anytime you’re in Jamaica. You can also contact us if you need direction on where to stay around Blue Lagoon.