When you venture off of the Ochos Rios resort into the city, you feel almost attacked by all of the merchants, taxi drivers and bystanders all asking for tourists to give them money so that they can make a living. You can tell that the Sunset Grande resort is located in a much busier, more tourist-based area with many more businesses and hotels in the area. Port Antonio, on the other hand, is completely different! The area is much more slow paced with a lot more residential housing, small guest houses and schools.When we arrived at Great Huts a member of management told us that if we wanted to venture into the city it was very safe for us. In fact we could be assured of our safety because, according to the Great Huts manager, "The neighbourhood doesn't play like that." There would be no peddling or begging. We have left that in the big city. There was no such promise in Ochos Rios when we left the resort property. In fact they tell you if you leave the resort to be careful of the peddlers just beyond their security-watched gates.
|A Regular Day in a Bigger City|
|A Regular Day on Fairy Hill|
This kindness of the town carried over to the local shelter, run by the same owner as Great Huts. Portland Rehab Management is about 20 minutes , by cab ride, from the hotel itself. The Centre has 15 men's quarters and 10 women's quarters to be used for people in the community who are homeless, sick, and/or elderly. The whole establishment rings positivity. From the paintings and signs adorning the building to the supervisors within it, it is clear that the community is what comes first.
|The Mission Statement of the Portland Rehab Management|
|The Entrance of the Portland Rehab Management|