Check Out HipStop: Port Antonio, Jamaica in the #Music Issue of Snap

The #MUSIC Issue

I’m still crushing on Port Antonio, Jamaica, and I’m thrilled to share my HipStop: Port Antonio, Jamaica feature in the #MUSIC issue of Snap Magazine.

Boston Beach overview

It’s always hard putting together an edit for Snap, and not everything makes it into the issue. For my blog readers, I’ve included some additional images that didn’t make it into the magazine.

Left: Jamaican Crayfish  Right: Breakfast at the Trident Villas including mackerel and a boiled banana

French press Blue Mountain coffee was a lovely way to wake up at the Trident Villas in Port Antonio

left: Live Jazz at Mike’s Supper Club Right: The Jolly Boys performing a GeeJam’s Bush Bar


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Time Lapse of Seattle’s Space Needle

Seattle’s Space Needle after dark

I’ve been in Seattle this week having a love/hate relationship with the weather. April is rainy and dreary but yesterday was lovely and I decide to document the clear spring evening by making a time lapse video using the TimeLapse app on my iPhone 5s. The TimeLapse app’s latest update has some presets to help you best capture scenarios like moving clouds, sunsets, night traffic, or blooming flowers.  It’s one of my favorite mobile photography apps for capturing travel memories.


Seattle Space Needle Time Lapse

Time Lapse Tip:

When shooting time lapse videos, be sure you close out of all other energy zapping apps. It’s a bummer when your battery dies out before you’re done shooting.

Where to Eat in Port Antonio, Jamaica: the Boston Jerk Centre

Zan by the colorful fresh fruit shacks near the Boston Jerk Centre

It’s pretty much a given that any trip to Jamaica will involve some rum, reggae and jerk chicken. Jerk Cuisine, which involves a dry rub of allspice (known as pimento in Jamaica), scotch bonnet peppers, cloves, garlic, cinnamon, salt, and a few spices is the island’s riff on BBQ. The Boston Jerk Centre, located within easy walking distance to Boston Beach, is considered the birthplace of Jamaican Jerk style of cooking.

There was a whole system of expeditors and hype men outside Goldteeth Jerk Centre

The Boston Jerk Centre is a food court with hustle. The way this place works is several different vendors are attempting to sell you their jerk, and expediters are there to sort of coordinate the process. If you’ve ever eaten at the Satay Club in Singapore, it’s a a similarly confusing process.

Locals chilling at a bar in the Boston Jerk Centre

Fortunately, Nick (our driver from the Trident Villas) helped us get our Jerk on. Nick had suggested we try the jerked pork, which wouldn’t have been my pick but turned out to be the standout dish of the day. After a few minutes of negotiating, we had jerked chicken and pork– cooked on grills made from oil drums cut in half– and grilled sweet potatoes.

Pork and Potatoes on the grill at the Boston Jerk Centre

There were not a lot of tourists at the Boston Jerk Centre and I tried not wonder how long the meat had been sitting on those grills. I’m not usually a food stall kind of person, but Zan and I both wanted get the full on Jamaican Jerk experience.

Every culture seems to have a deep fried delicacy. In Jamaica, it’s Festival Bread

Festival bread being fried

We ate our lunch of Jerked pork & a Red Stripe back at GeeJam

We ate our jerk lunch– which cost under $10 per person- with a cold Red Stripe.  Sure enough, the jerk pork was the standout and the grilled sweet potato a yummy starch. It’s a great thing to do in Port Antonio.

Shaggy’s Jerk Centre

The Boston Jerk Centre is located in Fairy Hill, just a few minutes from Boston Beach. It’s just off the main highway about 9 miles east of Port Antonio, Jamaica.


Surf’s Up at Jamaica’s Boston Beach in Port Antonio

Boston Beach Panorama

I wasn’t even aware that Jamaica had a surf scene until I visited Port Antonio last month. But when my friend (and traveling companion), Zan, and I heard about about Boston Beach– and it’s chill surfing scene, we had to check it out for ourselves.

Surf shack at Port Antonio’s Boston Beach

We had a great driver, Nick, from the Trident, who drove us to this fantastic public beach 9 miles east of Port Antonio. Nick made sure we got settled on the beach and Zan found a local instructor named Formula who offered to give her an hour of surfing lessons (including board rental) for $25– a bargain compared to resort pricing we’ve seen elsewhere.

Palm trees and Caribbean surf at Boston Beach

I was more intent on the taking pictures than checking out the tasty waves, so I got comfy near one of the beach shacks with a Red Stripe lager. The locals were friendly and I very much enjoyed chilling out and having rasta vendors show me their beads for sale while Zan got reaquainted with a long board after a six year absence from surfing.

The amusing scene at Boston Beach

Formula had Zan standing up and riding the waves in less than 15 minutes. The surf was super gentle and Boston Beach is in a cove so it’s a really great place for those new to surfing to check it out without fear.

Scene from Boston Beach

I went body surfing once Zan and Formula were done with their surfing session and really enjoyed frolicking in the warm Caribbean seas. The surf is gentle here– it’s not going to impress Laird Hamilton or Kelly Slater. Boston Beach is a great place to get an entry level lesson or refresher course if you’re a surfing novice and a very pleasant place to body surf.

Zan and Formula hang loose after her surf lesson at Boston Beach

With it’s laid back scene and beautiful cove setting, you need not surf to spend an enjoyable afternoon at Boston Beach. Next time I visit I’m leaving my cameras and going to get Formula to give me a surf lesson.

A Peek Inside Jamaica’s Trident Castle

Flowers outside the Trident Castle

What do Arcade Fire and Snoop Lion have in common? The answer is  the Trident Castle, and atmospheric 1970s Caribbean vacation residence  built for a European baroness in Port Antonio, Jamaica. The Trident Castle is now in it’s prime pre-restoration glory and serves as a location for events as well as photo and video shoots.

Left: cantilevered windows are a trademark of the Jamaican Style Right: curved rails and peaked roofs

Arcade Fire rented out the entire castle and stayed here while they were in Jamaica recording Reflektor. Here Comes the Night was in heavy rotation on my mind’s soundtrack when I wandered over to explore the Trident Castle.

The Trident Castle is highly atmospheric

Located right next door to the glamorous Trident Hotel and Villas, the Trident Castle has an amazing rocky coastline views (think Jamaica’s answer to Big Sur) and pastel sunsets. The furnishings are glamorous and just long in the tooth enough to give the place a highly atmospheric vibe that is cool but a little bit creepy.

Left: Circular staircase with Chandelier Right: A piano at the Castle

The castle was pretty empty when I explored it and it’s location is just isolated enough that you can easily imagine a band making an album here. Props to the cool kids from Montreal for dealing with the 70s era bathrooms (slated to be refurbished) for music’s sake.

The glamorous yet creepy bedroom

The Trident Castle has exceptional bones and it’s easy to see why artists and photographers frequent book it as a location for photo and video shoots.

Left: The dramatic checkerboard floor in the Trident Castle entry Right: Foosball in the rec room

The grand yet empty and worn vibe of the rec room made the castle feel a bit like a glamorous sanatorium from the days that you could call a rehab center a “sanatorium.” There is also a small chapel on the property.

Moody pool at the Trident Castle

The Trident Castle sometimes offers brunch on Sundays (check with the staff at the Trident or GeeJam Hotel for details).

Pastel sunset in Port Antonio

Hipstamatic view of Trident Castle

Snoop Lion shot a videos for Here Comes The King at the Castle. Check out below.

Trident Castle
Anchovy, Port Antonio P.O. Box 7312
Portland, Jamaica, West Indies

Toll-free: 1-888 4 Geejam (433 526) – USA & Canada
Telephone: +1876 633 7000 | +1876 993 7000
Fax: +1876 620 0045

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