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Banks -- The largest and most convenient banks include Scotiabank, 3 Harbour St. (tel. 876/933-2523), RBTT Jamaica Ltd., 28 Harbour St. (tel. 876/993-9755), and First International Caribbean Bank, on West Street (tel. 876/993-2708), and are all open Monday to Thursday 9am to 2pm, Friday 9am to 4pm.

Libraries -- To catch up on your reading, or for access to a handful of Internet-accessible computer stations, head for the Portland Parish Library, Lower Fort George Street (tel. 876/993-2793), open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm.

Mail -- The Port Antonio Post Office, Harbour Street (tel. 876/993-2158), lies in the exact center of town by the clock. Include "Jamaica, W.I." in all island addresses.

Medical Services -- The hospital is the Port Antonio Hospital (tel. 876/993-2646), which lies south of West Harbour on Naylor's Hill.

Pharmacies -- A trio of pharmacies is found in the center of town. They are A&E Pharmacy, Port Antonio Square (tel. 876/993-9348), open Monday to Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9am to 6pm, Thursday 9am to 2pm; The City Plaza Pharmacy on Harbour Street (tel. 876/993-2620), open Monday to Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9am to 6pm, Thursday 9am to 2pm; and Square Deal Pharmacy, 11 West St. (tel. 876/993-3629), open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm.

Safety -- Generally speaking, Port Antonio is a safer destination than Montego Bay, Negril, or Ocho Rios -- and much safer than Kingston. When shopping the Musgrave Market, however, pay special attention to your wallet or purse. The narrow little streets of Port Antonio, with their bad lighting at night, also invite muggers. Wander there at your own risk.

Travel Agencies -- The best travel agency here is Trafalgar Travel, 2-6 Harbour St. (tel. 876/993-2645), open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.