Ocho Rios and the Central North Coast

Accommodations

Ocho Rios has developed a wide array of accommodation options thanks to its place as one of the original resort towns in Jamaica. Nevertheless, at the lower end, conditions tend to be consistently on the shabby side with few exceptions, while there are several good mid-range and high-end options.

Many of Jamaica's wealthiest families have weekend homes on Discovery Bay, making it one of the island's most exclusive villa enclaves. Many of these homes rent through agents, while some rent directly through the owners, but usually the pricing is the same either way and renting through an agent can afford some accountability and recourse should you have any problems.

A smattering of low-key budget accommodations can also be found in Discovery Bay, with little in between the budget and luxury extremes.

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Chillin'

Chillin’ (US$310-560 low season, US$352-600 high season) at Old Fort Bay is a 12-unit townhouse complex near the beach in Old Fort Bay set on a 0.6-hectare (1.5-acre) property with a pool and a whirlpool. Units have two or four bedrooms each. A housekeeper is assigned to each unit, all of which have cable, Wi-Fi, stereos, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, full kitchens, and balconies.

In: Condos and Apartments

Seagrapes

Harmony lives here…the house keeps you in touch with the surrounding elements in such subtle ways that you wonder why you feel so good . A spacious verandah waits to accommodate your drifting moods and a large green cushion of a lawn extends down to your own private beach cove. Here, you can decide whether to launch off in to the crystal blue seas using the kayaks perched by your side, or just melt gently into the warm Caribbean sea.

In: Villas

Frankfort on the Beach

Frankfort on the Beach (USD 21,262/25,123 weekly, low/high) is a six-bedroom, seven bath property located five minutes east of Ocho Rios center sleeping 14 with a staff of six. Amenities include AC, wireless internet, a Jacuzzi, kayaks, ping pong and a piano. The private beach is one of the most beautiful in Jamaica with fine, white sand and gentle lapping waves, making it an ideal property for children. Wedding parties are welcome (USD 3,000) with a minimum two-night stay.

In: Villas

Eden Sands

An affordable beachfront cottage in the heart of Ochi

In: Villas

Mystic Ridge Resort

Mystic Ridge Resort (from US$118) is the sister property to the Ocho Rios hilltop theme park, Mystic Mountain, offering guests discounted tour rates and complimentary transport. The stratified complex has standard rooms, loft suites, and one- and two-bedroom apartments. The furnishings and linens are modern with bold colors and tasteful floral motifs. Flat panel TVs, Wi-Fi, kitchenettes, private bathrooms and balconies feature in the apartments. Rates include a complimentary breakfast buffet in the poolside Zedoj Restaurant.

In: Condos and Apartments

Jewel Dunn's River

Jewel Dunn's River Resort (starting at US$250 double) has ample size guest rooms configured with a single king bed or two double beds. All rooms have mini bars and complimentary internet service. The categories range from the Saphire Moutain View to the Emeral Lanai rooms in smaller, two-story buildings where ground floor rooms open to a patio with a king four-poster or two double bed configuration. A step up gets you vistas of the sea in the Saphire Ocean View rooms, also with four-poster king beds and balconies.

In: All inclusive

The Blue House

A top notch B&B (US$140-220 double occupancy) in a serene, green setting minutes from the heart of Ocho Rios. Five comfortable, air conditioned bedrooms can sleep a maximum of 15 persons. The pool is just large enough, and surrounded by lounge chairs and lush vegetation. Run by a Chinese-Jamaican family of innkeepers and renown chefs, siblings Elise and Daryl who are well endowed to share the finer things in Jamaica, from its cultural treasures to its culinary delights.

In: Bed and Breakfasts

Green Castle Estate House

A spectacular colonial era estate house with miles of trails to explore

In: Villas

River Lodge

River Lodge (US$32–50 per person including breakfast and dinner) is located on the site of a refurbished 400-year-old Spanish fort owned by Brigitta Fuchslocher. Rooms inside the fort complement a pair of cottages. From River Lodge there are hectares and hectares of unspoiled wilderness reaching almost all the way along the coast to Port Maria, where waterfalls and black-sand beaches are best reached by boat with the local fishermen.

In: Guesthouse

Strawberry Fields Together

Strawberry Fields Together Beachfront Cottages and Adventure Tours (US$90–220) sits on a seven-hectare property with six cottages ranging in comfort level from rustic Hibiscus to seaside honeymoon lavishness in Moonlight Magic. Two small private beaches with fine white sand line idyllic crystalline coves protected by coral reefs. An outdoor dining area has a wood deck, bar, pizza oven, and jerk center for eating and entertainment under the heavens.

In: Accommodations, Tours