Ecotourism Opportunity

There is much opportunity for Ecotourism in Portland.

Portland is home to numerous natural attractions, the most of any parish in Jamaica; the mountains, forests, rivers, shorelines and coastal waters here support assets of local, national and global importance. The coast of Portland is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Jamaica, due to its dramatic coastline at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, its tropical low land rainforest habitat, its rich mangroves, wetlands, pristine beaches and great snorkelling and diving locations. Portland’s diverse habitats also include numerous mineral springs, waterfalls, and the world famous 180ft deep Blue Lagoon, an area of outstanding natural beauty and national importance.

The Alligator Head Foundation is planning the establishment of a scuba-diving operation and non-motorised water sport attraction at Turtle Crawle, Port Antonio. This attraction will offer scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, hobie cats, pedal boats, paddle boards and other non-motorized water sports.

The Foundation seeks to partner with local community groups to develop inno­vative ecotourism and other creative projects. These projects will be designed in consultation with the communities but will seek to create alternative livelihood strategies through the sustainable use of natural resourc­es or aid in conservation of the environment.