Originally named "Puerto Santa Maria", it was the second town established by Spanish settlers in Jamaica.
It has a population of approximately 7,500 people.
Notable buildings include St Mary's Parish Church, built in 1861, and the St Mary courthouse, a Georgian structure built in 1820 which now houses the Port Maria civic centre.
- Jamaica Travel and Culture http://www.jamaicatravelandculture.com/destinations/st_mary/port-maria.htm
- Georgianna Robertson
- Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Levan-Freeman-to-be-Port-Maria-s-next-mayor_11151901