About 20 mi (32 km) east of Ocho Rios near Port Maria, Firefly was once Noël Coward's vacation home and is now a national monument managed by Chris Blackwell's Island company. Although the setting is Eden-like, the house is surprisingly spartan. Coward decamped from his original setting at Blue Harbour up the hill to this remote setting to escape the numerous jet-setters who came to Blue Harbour to visit. He wrote High Spirits, Quadrille and other plays here, and
his simple grave is on the grounds next to a small stage where his works are occasionally performed. Recordings of Coward singing about "mad dogs and Englishmen" echo over the lawns. Tours include a walk through the house and grounds where Coward is buried. The view from the house's hilltop perch, which was a lookout for Captain Morgan, is one of the best on the north coast, making Firefly well worth the price of admission.
Port Maria, Jamaica
Jan 31, 2005
Would not miss this excursion! It's a bit of a ride from Mobay but the view of Port Maria is breathtaking. This is truly a Room With A View.
Dec 9, 2004
Firefly is a great value. Wonderful folks running the place. Right on the beach. Nothing too fancy.. right near everything in the middle of the beach. Small property, narrow beach. Clothing Optional, which is rare at a non-AI. Give it a try! Great beach bar..