Port Maria is the capital town of the Jamaican parish of Saint Mary.
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.
As of March 2012, the Mayor is Levan Ainsworth Freeman.
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