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Old Fort Bay, Jamaica
Located on Jamaica's north coast, Ocho Rios was once a sleepy fishing village and port but has blossomed in recent years to become a popular Jamaican vacation destination offering an incredible array of family-friendly activities and excursions.
With this surging popularity, it’s no wonder luxury villa rentals in Ocho Rios have become as sought after as they are, especially when you consider how many are near or even on the beach. That said, Ocho Rios has still retained a charming sense of tranquility and authenticity, and this is reflected in its villas as well. If your goal is to kick back, unwind, and enjoy some spectacular beaches and landscapes, you've come to the right place.
When planning a Jamaican vacation, many travelers choose to stay in a villa thanks to their privacy, uniqueness, and staff. After all, it’s hard to go back to a crowded hotel pool after enjoying a private pool at your villa, or to go back to all-inclusive food after you’ve experienced the joys of having a private chef. Ocho Rios has a beautiful selection of villas to choose from, and because of how the town is laid out, many are much closer to the beach than you would find in nearby Montego Bay, or even on other Caribbean islands.
Rental Escapes is happy to help you find your perfect luxury vacation rental in Ocho Rios. We offer a wide variety of high-end vacation rentals that exceed our guests’ expectations, and our knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect rental property for your needs. Here are just some of our favorite luxury vacation rentals in Ocho Rios for families, couples, and groups looking for beachfront and staffed villa options.
Ocho Rios is an incredible family vacation destination thanks to its fun activities and friendly, outgoing atmosphere. That’s why so many Ocho Rios villas cater directly to families by including amenities and features that kids and parents alike are sure to appreciate. These are some of our top picks:
Frankfort: Frankfort is one of Jamaica’s most renowned villas thanks to its rich history and prime location, not the least of which includes a 7,500-foot private beach. Indeed, that added privacy has made it a favorite of famous dignitaries going back to Churchill, and guests love that the villa has parts which date back to the 18th century, despite also being recently renovated. The finishing touch is a recently constructed pool that faces what many have heralded as Jamaica’s best private beach.
Villa Lido: Villa Lido is a beautiful, modern, beachfront villa which sits right at the edge of Old Fort Bay. Designed to create a joyful ambiance, and with the beach as its central focus, this family villa offers a fresh take on the classic beach house, with plenty of outdoor areas for the family to get together and enjoy each other’s company in.
Four Winds Villa: Also in Old Fort Bay, Four Winds Villa provides families with an unforgettable stay in paradise thanks to its direct beach access and private lagoon, which provides families with calm, clear waters to enjoy. It also features a large freshwater pool, an infinity hot tub, and five large, well-appointed bedrooms.
Ocho Rios also makes for an incredible romantic getaway. There are plenty of fun activities, as well as no shortage of breathtaking sunsets, incredible landscapes, and beautiful little moments to bring you and your special someone closer together. Here are some of Ocho Rios’ most romantic vacation rentals;
Somewhere Villa: If you want the feeling of total seclusion and privacy, then Somewhere villa is perfect. It’s nestled deep within a lush tropical garden, and features direct ocean access, an extensive veranda, and a full staff, so you never even have to leave the villa if you don’t want.
Seven Seas: If you’re the type of couple to appreciate breathtaking landscaping, then Seven Seas is perfect for you. Built on a protected coconut plantation, this lovely villa features direct, white sand beach access, as well as an impeccable pool and jacuzzi area. The interior also has lots of luxurious details like Travertine marble and Jatoba Brazilian Cherry furnishings.
Destiny on the Sea: Perfectly-size for couples, Destiny on the Sea is a Drax Hall Estate villa that is just steps away from the beach. Throw in the prime location and the included cook/housekeeper and you have one of the best values in Ocho Rios for couples.
As you can see, beachfront villas are a big reason why many choose Ocho Rios over other parts of Jamaica, where it may not be as easy to get that kind of direct beach access. After all, there really is nothing like stepping outside your villa to your own little strip of shimmering paradise. Here are a few more of our favorite Ocho Rios beachfront villas:
Promiseas: Spectacularly designed with a major focus on water elements and impeccably decorated with an eclectic mix of influences, Promiseas is, without doubt, one of Ocho Rios’s most stylish and surprising villas. Even its private beach surpasses expectations, with a stone platform that turns inward and allows for some unsurpassed sunbathing.
Terra Nova: Terra Nova is an Italian style villa that is designed to offer a luxurious waterfront experience in exclusive Mammee Bay. From the 36-foot freshwater pool, the villa features a paved walkways that offers direct ocean access, while the private Mammee Bay Beach Club can also be found a few steps away.
Scotch On The Rocks: While the ocean views and especially the dock give guests a way to experience the beautiful Sandy Bay, it’s the little details that make Scotch on the Rocks fit for a Scottish Lord – who, by the way, was the original builder and owner in the 1950s! As you may expect, the furnishings, décor, architecture, and landscaping are all regally spectacular.
One feature of Jamaican villas that always delights our guests is the staff, and it’s no different for our Ocho Rios villas. Staff can all make the difference from having a great vacation to a truly spectacular one, especially when they work with you to personalize the trip and ensure everything is just to your group’s liking.
Rio Chico Private Estates: Rio Chico is easily one of Jamaica’s finest villas. The features are too many to list, but include two private beaches, three pools, bedrooms that are each uniquely and extravagantly furnished, and a professional and highly skilled staff that includes an executive chef, sous-chef, two butlers, and housekeeping.
Villa Mara: You'll feel like royalty in this amazing beachfront villa, with its beautiful interior design and well-appointed bedrooms. Enjoy personal service from the villa staff, including a housekeeper, cook, waiter, gardener, and an optional full-time nanny.
Rocksteady Villa: Perfect for smaller groups, the 4-bedroom Rocksteady Villa is stylish both inside and out, with a multilevel outdoor area featuring 180-degree ocean views and custom-designed bedrooms. The villa also includes a chef, butler, housekeeping, and a groundsman to ensure everything is running smoothly for guests.
When traveling to Jamaica, it is important to know the proper documents needed for entry. All travelers must present a valid passport or other acceptable travel documents to Jamaican Immigration Officers at the port of entry. If you're a U.S. citizen or Canadian traveler, then the only thing needed for entry into Jamaica is your passport.
Most travelers get to Ocho Rios by flying into Donald Sangster Airport in Montego Bay. From there, you can book a shuttle bus or a taxi that can take anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours. Ocho Rios has its own airport, Ian Fleming International Airport; however, it only serves domestic and chartered flights. Some of our villas include complimentary shuttle buses to your destination from the airport, so please inquire when booking.
The best way to see Ocho Rios is by private driver. This way, you can avoid crowds and have the flexibility to stop wherever you want. While you can also rent a car, driving in Jamaica can be tough for the uninitiated.
Your concierge is happy to help you arrange a private driver. You can also take a tour, which is a great way to see the main sights without worrying about logistics – again, just ask your concierge.
If you're looking for the best time of year to visit Ocho Rios, you'll want to consider a few factors. The weather is one important consideration, as the island experiences tropical weather year-round.
The hurricane season runs from August to November, though the actual chance of encountering a hurricane is low and there are certainly many great deals to be had.
December through March are typically the driest months, making them ideal for travel, but they’re also high season.
If you want to avoid crowds and get great deals on villas, then shoulder season from April-August is an especially great time to visit.
Ocho Rios is home to some of Jamaica’s best activities. Just off its gorgeous beaches, you'll find vast areas of lush rainforest to explore, and a variety of guide companies offer everything from scuba diving to horseback riding to zip-lining tours.
Hike Dunn's River Falls: Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most popular activities, and with good reason. This 600-foot waterfall is truly a wonder to behold, and the ability to safely climb up and swim in the falls make them a uniquely fun experience. The falls also constantly regenerate, making them a phenomenon all on their own and a truly world-class experience.
Take in the nightlife: While Ocho Rios offers visitors a more casual atmosphere than nearby Montego Bay, there are still many great choices when it comes to nightlife. The town's bars and nightclubs offer a great vibe and get particularly busy during high seasons, with the energy really getting turned up when cruise ships dock in the port. Many prefer the more low key nights, though, as this allows locals and tourists to mingle and, of course, enjoy some reggae, dancehall, soca, and other great music.
Hit the beach: Ocho Rios has some truly spectacular beaches, so it’s no surprise that this is a favorite activity of many. One that guests particularly like is Mammee Bay Beach, which is just a 15-minute drive and offers a magnificent coastline view. Here you can recline on a daybed sipping cocktails by day, and dance under the stars around a bonfire by night - plus, conditions on this side of the coast are perfect for windsurfing.
Visitors to Ocho Rios can expect a wide variety of delicious food options. Jamaica itself is known for its fresh seafood, and many restaurants specialize in dishes like grilled fish and lobster, jerk chicken, and conch soup. In addition to restaurants, many food carts and street vendors sell snacks like fried plantains, spicy sausage, and fruit smoothies.
That said, if you’re booking with Rental Escapes your concierge can arrange villa pre-stocking service to ensure that all your favorite foods are already at your villa, and your private chef is happy to personalize a menu to meet your tastes.
Ocho Rios is a beautiful tropical destination with year-round sunshine. That said, the there’s certainly more sunshine in the dry season from December to April, while the wet season from June-November sees more rainfall (though it’s mostly limited to showers in the afternoon).
In general, though, the climate is hot and humid, with average temperatures ranging from 73°F-88°F (23°C-31°C), but the refreshing trade winds blowing in from the sea offset the heat.
For an unforgettable experience, book a villa in Ocho Rios with Rental Escapes. Our luxurious accommodations offer the perfect blend of privacy, comfort, and service. Whether you're looking to spend your days lounging by the pool, exploring the nearby beaches, or enjoying the nightlife, we can help you find the perfect villa for your needs. And with our concierge services, we can take care of all the details so that you can relax and enjoy your vacation.
Contact us today to learn more about our villas in Ocho Rios and start planning your next getaway!