Barcelona Guest House
13 calle bruc, Port Antonio, Jamaica
637 90 40 44
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Barcelona Guest House Port Antonio Reviews
Barcelona Guest House Mar 20, 2011
Barcelona Guest House in Port Antonio is owned by the same guy that owns The Durham in Kingston, and it was easy option for us because it is the cheapest one.
We got there by bus from Kingston, and arrived to the small bus station near the city center and dock area. Port Antonio is vibrant town; lots of school kids come and go all over, interesting market and few blocks of rundown buildings.
Barcelona Guest House is close enough for a walk, and only issue you’ll have with last 100m that you have to go up the hill. It is small house with two and a half rooms and one bathroom. It is on the top of little hill surrounded with banana trees and looking to other green hills around. Few roosters did not want to let us sleep longer than 4am, but I get used to them after a while… We had chicken soup and jerk-chicken next day to show them appreciation...
We got smallest room (measured as a half room heheh) and we paid $15 each for it. Anywhere else it would be crazy to pay that money for that service… but no other options available. There is sizable living room with lots of books, videos, some games, and few pictures of the owner with girls other than his wife . Mismatched furniture adds to the flavor and allows everyone to hang out in the same place. Place is run by family that lives a bit down the hill, and they will help you with everything you need. Kitchen is well equipped, fridge works, and all rooms have working fans.
The best part of the house is small terrace in the front with nice chairs and little wall that is perfect to lift your legs on it and enjoy your morning… There is lots of mosquitoes outside, but inside seems to be fine, and windows have mosquito nets. Place is clean enough, and usually full, so reserve it earlier if you can.
Town has lots of vendors with push-carts, and they sell all kind of fruits/drinks. Nicest place to go and eat would be Yacht club, or Anna-Banana restaurant, but jerk-chicken, pork or beef could be found without much looking. Many of Rasta’s hang around the town, and usually try to get you to buy something or to take you somewhere. Always haggle with any price they say. Prices are overblown for strangers, and they expect you to do something about it. Market is interesting, and has handcraft area where you can find some unique items. Few “music houses” are making their own Jamaica rhythm which is usually very good and makes you move… Their thing is to make variations on one rhythm with lots of different artist, and then you get same tune with 25 different songs and variations.
In the area there are super nice beaches, some waterfalls and great nature. One of the biggest attractions is “rafting”, which is actually perfectly fine if you are into romantic raft with your girlfriend… River is slow, but nature picturesque.
No one bugs you in this place (aside from real bugs), and if guesthouse is just a bit cheaper, it would be excellent place to chill.
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