Best hotels and hostels in Ocho Rios, Port Antonio & the North Coast

  • Top ChoiceLodging in East of Ocho Rios

    Goldeneye

    One of Jamaica's most exclusive properties, Ian Fleming's old villa has been expanded into a stylish resort, with a selection of gorgeous beach huts and villas sprinkled across expansive grounds on a quaint cove. Staff are pampering yet discreet. The restaurants serve gourmet meals, the beach bar is a chilled-out delight, and there's plenty of access to water sports. You can even kayak gently across the lagoon to a charming wellness center. Fleming's old residence, where he wrote the Bond novels, is now a private resort-within-a-resort, with its own beach, butler and cook. Up to 10 guests can stay here for a cool US$8000 per night (Beyoncé and Jay-Z have stayed here), but if you can't run to that, console yourself with the entertainment room for Bond movies and a Goldeneye cocktail from the Bizot Bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Port Antonio

    Germaican Hostel

    This superb hilltop German-run hostel outside Port Antonio has astounding views over the coast. The dorm is spacious and the doubles are well presented, plus there's a cottage looking out to sea. The kitchen is well set up (buffet breakfast is included) but the real gem is the veranda with views, and the peace of getting away from it all. It's some distance from town, but the managers will pick you up and do a transfer run into Port Antonio a couple of times a day (a route taxi from Port Antonio to Stony Hill will take you most of the way).

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    Te Moana Cottages

    With its small clifftop garden overhanging a reef, this exquisite property with two delightful cottages is an intimate alternative to the resort experience. Both cottages have fully equipped kitchens and separate living areas, plus verandas with hammocks, and are generously decorated with art collected from across the Caribbean. Steps lead down through lawns to a coral cove good for snorkeling. Sea kayaks and paddleboards are also available. There's a three-night minimum stay (five nights in high season).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in East of Port Antonio

    Gee Jam

    The hotel home of Gee Jam recording studios sets the standard for ultra-modern design, cuisine and exclusivity. Fabulous cottages are connected by jungle walkways with views of the coast. The owner is a hip-hop and reggae industry veteran – guests who've stayed here form their own Grammy Award nominees list. With luck, you'll run into Rihanna or Drake at the bar. An extension of a dozen rooms called the Marumba Studios was slated to open in early 2020.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in East of Port Antonio

    Hotel Mocking Bird Hill

    The Mocking Bird is one of the most vigorous proponents of ecotourism in Portland and supporter of local environmental causes. The property is a lovely house at the end of a winding dirt road; airy rooms are lovingly appointed with well-chosen fabrics and art, ocean views and private balconies. The Mille Fleurs restaurant serves delicious locally sourced slow food. Trails through the hillside gardens are fabulous for birdwatching – well-trained local guides are available for birding further afield.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ocho Rios

    Jamaica Inn

    Jamaica Inn has been hosting guests since way before cruise ships ever thought of stopping at Ocho Rios – Churchill stayed here in the 1950s. Tucked into a private cove, this subtly luxurious hotel has delightful airy rooms, water-sports facilities, a superb restaurant and extra pampering in its own spa. The bar and cocktail terrace have a refined air, no doubt reinforced by the shirt-and-trousers-for-men evening dress code. There's a minimum three-night stay; half- and full-board are available.

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    Reggae Hostel

    This ever-popular hostel is perfectly located in the center of Ocho Rios. There's a good mix of simple, private rooms with air-con (and some with mini-verandas), and dorms (some with fan, others with over-icy air-con). There's a basic kitchen for self-caterers and a rooftop bar that's made for socializing. The staff are fonts of local knowledge for backpacker-friendly excursions.

  • Lodging in West of Port Antonio

    Strawberry Fields Together

    This series of villas and cottages is ever popular. The cottages (which can sleep four to six) all have views to the hills and sea (there's a private cove with pebble beach), some come with whirlpool baths and all have eclectic wood decor – 'To Di World' and 'Bolt and Lightning' are our favorites. The surrounding land is lovely to trek through. Meals are available at the Strawberry Patch restaurant, and budget travelers can pitch their own tents – a nod to the resort's origins as a 1970s backpacker haven. It's a popular weekend break – book ahead.

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    Hibiscus Lodge

    Cliff-top Hibiscus Lodge on the edge of town offers simple rooms with sea views decorated in breezy Caribbean colors. The more expensive rooms also have large balconies. All guests, however, can enjoy the three acres of tropical gardens and private sunning deck and pool area that looks out to the bay. A small gallery of contemporary Jamaican art complements the main building nicely, along with the excellent Almond Tree Restaurant, which can accepts nonguests for dinner.

  • Lodging in East of Port Antonio

    Drapers San Guest House

    Run by an Italian expat, activist and font of local knowledge, this cozy little house comprises two cottages with five doubles and one single room (two share a bathroom), all with fans, louvered windows and hot water. It’s all very welcoming and family-oriented, and there’s a comfy lounge and communal kitchen. Breakfast is available, but make sure you also enjoy dinner (on request) – the Italian owner claims local chef TJ cooks better pasta than her!

  • Lodging in East of Ocho Rios

    Tamarind Great House

    The hilltop setting for this 'plantation guesthouse' near Sun Valley Plantation is sublime, with lush valleys and mountains all around (there's a lovely walk to a local waterfall). The large bedrooms with four-poster beds and decorated with antiques open to a vast veranda. It's a great choice if you have your own wheels and want to get away from it all. From Oracabessa, take Jack’s River Rd; it's a sometimes-rough 6km drive, but worth it.

  • Lodging in East of Port Antonio

    Sea Cliff Resort & Spa

    Fewer hotels are more aptly named than the Sea Cliff. All rooms take advantage of the tremendous sea views and have balconies with hammocks. There's plenty of space to laze, and an excellent restaurant worth making a trip to in and of itself. A pool was under construction when we visited; those who can't wait can opt for the self-catering two-bedroom cabin with a Jacuzzi in the living area. In summer, rates are slashed by at least a third.

  • Lodging in East of Port Antonio

    Kanopi House

    By Kanopi House's measure, working with your enviroment means chic and stylish rather than dull and worthy. Gorgeous dark-wood chalets seemingly grow from the jungle and feel like part of a laid-back micro-nature resort. The property makes great efforts to leave a low ecological footprint and is stuffed with elegant art. Fresh organic dinners are prepared on site. If you're still wavering, Kanopi has direct access to Blue Lagoon.

  • Lodging in East of Port Antonio

    Pimento Lodge Resort

    On the rise above Long Bay, and thus enjoying lovely views over the sea, Pimento Lodge has a clutch of large, breezy rooms with bright tropical decor, a well-tended garden and pool to relax by, and a circular bar for daytime and evening drinks. Meals using homegrown organic produce are available on request; yoga and massage are also offered. The property is large and rambling enough to have its own walking trail.

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    Sandals Royal Plantation

    From the neoclassical lobby decked in Victorian furnishings to the orchids that grace the garden areas to the pillow menu for your room, the all-inclusive Royal Plantation goes the extra mile. All rooms face the sea and feature marble bathrooms, and there are three gourmet restaurants, notably Le Papillon, an intimate French offering with a smart dress code. An array of water sports is on offer, as well as a spa.

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    Couples Sans Souci Resort & Spa

    Near White River, this all-inclusive resort has a sublime setting amid beautiful grounds on a secluded wide sandy cove. Rates include gourmet dining (there are three restaurants and six bars), while Charlie’s Spa is set on mineral springs rumored to have rejuvenating powers. The huge range of water sports on offer includes scuba lessons. Top-end suites have Jacuzzis. Minimum three-night stay.

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    Blue House

    This B&B near White River offers luxurious bedrooms in cool blue hues – a real home away from home with a welcoming, well-traveled host. The separate two-bedroom Cozy Cottage provides even greater seclusion, hidden behind its curtain of flowers. The resident chef cooks up lavish three-course dinners that are worth every penny (US$40, nonguests by advance reservation only).

  • Lodging in West of Port Antonio

    River Lodge

    This atmospheric option has sprouted from the ruins of an old 17th-century Spanish fort. The rooms have white bleached-stone walls and are lit by skylights. The bathrooms (cold water only) are festooned with climbing ivy; the bathroom in the upstairs ‘tower’ room is alfresco. Meals (on request, mainly vegetarian) are a social affair, served in a small thatched restaurant.

  • Lodging in East of Ocho Rios

    Villa Sake

    A small but charming hostel-style guesthouse practically opposite Ian Fleming Airport (look for the red and yellow sign). Villa Sake has just a handful of rooms and a communal kitchen; the lounge area virtually hangs over the waves of its own tiny private cove (there's a ladder running down the cliff to get to the sea). The self-contained See-Water Villa is great value.

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    Turtle Beach Towers

    If you're looking for somewhere completely self-contained, this block of condos close to the beach and overlooking the cruise-ship pier is a very appealing self-catering option. All apartments have small balconies and are fully equipped with kitchenette, satellite TV and comfy beds. There's a laundry on site, and you have your own beach access.