Best Hotel: Trident Hotel, Port Antonio, Jamaica

Outside chooses the top vacation spots of 2013

The Trident Hotel, Jamaica.     Photo: Courtesy of Geejam Collection

With heated plunge pools, the Caribbean surf right outside the door, and an impressive selection of rare cognacs and Cuban rums, you’ll be tempted to never leave this new collection of 13 sleek white villas. But you should. Trident is set in Port Antonio, an offbeat little town at the base of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica’s northeast corner, which Errol Flynn once called “more beautiful than any woman I have ever known.” There are right and left reef breaks to surf five miles east at Boston Bay (BYOB), and you can dive eight miles of interconnected coral reefs right offshore (two-dive package, $84). There’s also hardcore hiking. Most trails start off as two-foot-wide paths used by farmers to reach their banana fields, then snake off into the Blue Mountains. Try the White River Trail, a seven-hour-round-trip ramble that leads to seven waterfalls. From $750.

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