The Best Villas and Vacation Rentals to Book in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

You can relax on Turtle Beach once youve booked your Ocho Rios villa or rental
You can relax on Turtle Beach once you've booked your Ocho Rios villa or rental | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
Sadie Whitelocks

Fringing the verdant north coast of Jamaica, Ocho Rios is a great base for exploring the Caribbean country’s sights. The vibrant port town – once a sleepy fishing village – boasts shopping malls, authentic Jamaican restaurants and a sweeping beach. Some of the island’s famous waterfalls are also nearby, including Dunn’s River Falls and Turtle River Falls. Make this spot in Jamaica your home-from-home with a top villa or vacation rental, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Prospect Estate and Villas, for star appeal

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The outdoor pool area overlooking the ocean at Prospect Estate and Villas
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If it’s privacy you’re after, this paradisaical estate – which has entertained everyone from Winston Churchill to Prince Phillip – should fit the bill. Less than a 10-minute drive from Ocho Rios, this stunning, 405ha (1,000-acre) site is home to five well-appointed villas. All have an authentic Caribbean feel, with splashes of color and wood shingle roofing. Each spacious property boasts prime ocean views and a swimming pool. While staying on the estate, you’ll benefit from a number of its facilities.

2. Scotch on the Rocks, for private sunbathing

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A two-couch living area at Scotch on the Rocks, opening out onto an ocean-facing veranda
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Jutting out into the ocean, this upscale villa is home to one of the best private sundecks in town. The property – once owned by a Scottish lord – boasts a photogenic pier that serves as a tanning deck, lounge and dining area. Moving inside the five-bedroom rental, blue and white hues run throughout, and sand-colored tiles add to the beachy feel. The outdoor veranda is another attractive space for entertaining, and if you’re keen to explore the glistening waters, the home comes with two kayaks, three paddleboards and snorkeling gear.

3. Afterglow/Mamiti Cove, for stunning terrace views

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A view from the water up towards the hilltop Afterglow/Mamiti Cove, a few steps away
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Bag yourself a private white sand beach at this three-bedroom rental. This picture-perfect waterfront property puts you a short drive away from the town center, with Coconut Grove Shopping Village in walking distance. The three spacious bedrooms are decked out with dark wood furnishings and polished wood flooring, and there’s also a kitchen, a living room and a dining area. The outdoor terrace serves up superb views – as does the sundeck framing the pool.

4. Ocho Rios Boardwalk Apartment, for easy-breezy convenience

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A double bed in an Ocho Rios Boardwalk Apartment room, with a door opening to the outside
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Feel right at home in this bright and cheerful vacation apartment. The two-bedroom unit features a wash of colorful hues and the dining room – decked out in Jamaican green – will get you in the Caribbean swing of things. The town is just a hop away, while Ocho Rios Bay Beach – also known as Turtle Beach – is right on the doorstep, with lots of water activities and boat tours on offer.

5. Paradise Escape Drax Hall, for peace and tranquillity

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The gateway to Paradise Escape Drax Hall, fit for a car
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Revel in a peaceful atmosphere at this villa complex, around 10 minutes’ drive from town. There are two air-conditioned, one-bed apartments available – and the units are adjoining, if you’re traveling as part of a larger group. Rooms feature simple furnishings, and guests give a top rating to their cleanliness. Children will love the neighboring waterpark, climbing frame and lazy river – while there’s a fitness center, tennis court and indoor pool for those looking to keep up their workout routines. The leafy neighborhood is also perfect for those who prefer running outside.

6. Stoneaway, 6BR by Jamaican Treasures, for a regal stay

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A view over hills from the lofty veranda at Stoneaway, 6BR by Jamaican Treasures; many seating options are available
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Step up your vacation game with a stay at this expansive villa, with a mix of antique-style furnishings giving it a regal air. The four-bedroom property serves great views of Ocho Rios and the ocean beyond, with its elevated setting and lush gardens providing a sense of privacy from neighboring villas. If you’ve hired a car, there’s free parking – and other perks include a free grocery shopping service, so you can stock up on goods before moving onto the photogenic outdoor pool, framed by palm trees.

7. Columbus Heights Baywatch, for central access

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Six seats around a glass dining table by a window at Columbus Heights Baywatch
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Place yourself close to the action at this homey vacation rental. The apartment – which can sleep up to six people – is conveniently located on the western fringes of town. It’s also close to Columbus Foot Beach – sometimes known as Fisherman’s Beach – where you’ll find a great selection of atmospheric restaurants serving seafood with a Jamaican twist. On-site facilities at the family-friendly aparthotel include a swimming pool and free parking.

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