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Manchioneal: Port Antonio Attractions & Sightseeing, Jamaica



Manchioneal is a small fishing village in the parish of Portland on the east coast of Jamaica, about 22 kilometers from Port Antonio and 80 kilometers from Kingston. The fishing village is named for the poisonous manchineel tree (a different spelling from the town).

Most of those dangerous trees have been cut down, but the name remains. This tree is still found throughout the Caribbean, often near beaches. Any innocent who has sought shelter under it in a rainstorm can testify to its poisonous acid –– that is, if they are still around.

It is set at the foot of the John Crow Mountains in a rich, green landscape with an abundance of fruit trees and small vegetable plots. The village, which straddles a main road, has several small shops, including a clothes shop, a hardware store and a post office, and many rudely–built huts housing bars, or eateries serving delicious dishes of fish, chicken, pork or goat.

The small fishing village drowses in the hot sun against the backdrop of a scallop–shaped bay of sapphire blue waters. The sandy beach here is wide, and many lobster fishermen sail out in their boats from the village.

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