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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Loveland Villa

A modest three-bedroom property, Loveland Villa (US$175 low season, US$200 high season) has a wide veranda for enjoying the panoramic view of the Oracabessa coast. The master suite has a king bed and private bath. Two other rooms each have two single beds that can be joined to make kings and share a bath. The kitchen is fully equipped, and the housekeeper comes daily to cook and tidy up. The villa holds six comfortably and up to eight (US$20 pp after 6 guests). Wi-Fi covers the house; a flat-screen TV in the living room has a DVD player.

In: Accommodations, Villas

Ocean Edge Villa

An eight-unit guesthouse overlooking the sea in Oracabessa, Ocean Edge Villa (US$65 d) has self-contained units with queen beds, private balconies facing the sea, and kitchenettes. Rooms are clean and a great value for the money.

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Piper's Cove

The six studios (US$95) and 14 one-bedroom apartments (US$116) at Piper’s Cove have air- conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and utilitarian kitchenettes. The dated furnishings can be overlooked given the affordability. Some apartments have sea views. A restaurant and bar on the property serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

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Carleen's Villa Guesthouse

Reasonably priced and with a common balcony overlooking the water, Carleen’s Villa Guest House has seven no-frills rooms (US$40) equipped with ceiling fans, two twin beds, TVs, and hot water in private baths. There’s no pool and no food, but it’s five minutes away Mahogany Beach, Ochi’s most popular with locals.

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Pearly Beach

James Bond fans may be on the look-out for the beaches that appeared in the 1963 film Dr. No. Pearly Beach and adjacent Laughing Waters served as Crab Cay, the fictitious island that was home to villainous Dr. No, where the first “Bond girl” Ursula Andress famously emerged from the sea to meet 007. Both beaches are privately managed by the St. Ann Development Corporation (SADCo) and aren’t accessible unless rented exclusively.

In: Villas

Moxons Beach Club

Moxons Beach Club (US$85–225) is a boutique property perched atop the cliffs in Stewart Town, between Tower Isle and Boscobel about 12 kilometers east of Ocho Rios. The four-level property descends to a private beach. Rooms face the sea or a courtyard and have queen- or king-size beds and en suite bathrooms. Wi-Fi is complimentary. A restaurant serves a mix of Jamaican and international dishes (US$8–28). This is a smart, well managed hotel ideal for couples or families with mature children.

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Kling Kling Beach House

Kling Kling Beach House (US$122 nightly) is a beachfront property in Richmond, St. Ann that can sleep up to six guests in three bedrooms.

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Silver Palms

Silver Palms is a homely property made up of one- two- and three-bedroom units situated in the gated community of Old Fort Bay, 10 minutes west of Ocho Rios. The property has a centrally located swimming pool and jacuzzi in the common area and has access to the beach via a footpath alongside sister property Cannon Villas

In: Condos and Apartments

Couples Sans Souci

Couples Sans Souci (from US$ 502 dbl) is a sprawling gem of the well-managed Couples Resorts Jamaican family-owned all-inclusive group located just across the White River east of Ocho Rios and a five-minute drive west of the Couples Tower Isle sister property. The property has two large beaches, the west-facing one reserved for nudists with a large pool and bar on the lawn. The larger north-facing beach is at the center of the resort. On the western side of the property, the pool and spa sit atop low limestone cliffs in front of room blocks facing the large cove.

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Te Moana

Te Moana (from US$105) is a lovely seaside cottage conveniently located somewhere in Ocho Rios....

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