A short drive east of Port Antonio is Boston Beach, a not-to-be-missed destination for lovers of jerk pork. The recipe's origins may go back to the Arawak, the island's original inhabitants, but modern jerk was perfected by the Maroons. Eating almost nothing but wild hog preserved over smoking coals enabled these former slaves to survive years of fierce guerrilla warfare with the English. Jerk resurfaced in the 1930s, and the spicy barbecue drew diners from around the
island. Today a handful of small jerk stands, collectively known as the Boston Jerk Centre, offers fiery flavors cooled by some festival bread (similar to a southern hush puppy) and a cold Red Stripe beer.
Rte. A4, east of Port Antonio, Port Antonio, Jamaica