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4 HOLIDAY APARTMENTS FOR YOUR INDEPENDENT VACATION CLOSE TO THE BEACH

Peter & Audrey Bättig

Advertiser since: 1999
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Speaks: english, french, german
Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Peter & Audrey Bättig

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4 HOLIDAY APARTMENTS FOR YOUR INDEPENDENT VACATION CLOSE TO THE BEACH

Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

Port Maria Apartment Rental Photos and Description

A self catering rental with private garden for up to 16 Guests near Ocho Rios.

Sunrise apartments are situated in the parish of St. Mary in the center of Port Maria town. Nearby you will find shopping centres, Local restaurants, banks, a bus terminal and everything you need. Also it is just a 5 minutes walk to the nearest beach. The complex contains 4 modern apartments, a private garden with a barbecue area and parking lots. Each apartment have a double bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room for up to 4 person. We also offer airport transfers, land tours, etc. Enjoy the laid back atmosphere in Jamaica at the beach or explore the natural and historical highlights of Jamaica. For both ways our apartments are ideal, they are just 300m from the seaside and Port Maria is located in the middle of the island so you can easy travel to all major attractions. Ocho Rios is about a 25 min. drive from the apartments, there you will find everything a tourist resort have to offer.

Details about Port Maria: The apartments are a 25 minutes drive from Ocho Rios, where you will find Dunn’s River Falls, lovely botanic gardens and all the things a tourist resort has to offer. Port Maria is a litte town with one of the nicest natural sandbeaches in Jamaica. Also during high season you have this beach for you alone and there are a few bars and restaurants direct by the beach where you can enjoy the Jamaican way of live.

Details about Sunrise Apartments: Sunrise Apartments is a family owned Swiss/Jamaican business and our goal is to let our guest have a real experience of Jamaicans and their way of life. The private holiday apartments are fully equipped, clean and comfortable. Also we have some fishing gear, boardgames, bocchia balls, etc., just ask our management. Also our manager Mesheila will assist you during your stay and also can organize tours, boat trips, transports & about every little thing.

We are renting our apartments since 1998 and we have a lot of returning guests. The apartments are private, safe (burglar bars) and you don't have to worry, until now we never have any security problems on the premisis. The complex is surrounded by a concrete wall and we know our neighbours personally. Also our guests will get a key for the main entry gate and a key for the security lock to the apartments. The local people are very friendly and helpful. We are sure you will have a unspoiled vacation and unforgettable experience

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Peter & Audrey Bättig (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 1999
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Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2014

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.3
based on 7 traveler reviews

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4 Holiday apartments for your independent vacation close to the beach
average rating of 4.285714 based on 8 reviews
business
4 Holiday apartments for your independent vacation close to the beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1923
+41 -(0)44 945 04 79
Port Maria Jamaica North Coast
Thorsby,Alberta, Canada
5

Port Maria? Yup, stay at Sunrise!

  • 5 of 5
My lady and I spent a night here passing through from Montego Bay to Kingston. We were given Lizzy's cell number and he met us directly and it was a real neat place! My lady is a real house keeper and noticed it was a bit dusty here and there, but in my opinion as an average man, it was just fine!! If you get one of the top floor apartments like we did, you get a good view over the market area to the ocean. Make sure you take a shower not at the same time as when all the kids in town get ready for school because the water pressure drops right off. Lizzy is very accommodating if you need anything. The locals are awesome friendly. If you go across the street into the entrance of the market and turn to the right right away, you go down a short ways, fifty feet and there is a tiny little eatery that serves great food for cheap. The locals again are ready and willing to visit and exchange ideas with you, and that's fun. In fact the first night a man gave us a banana leaf humming bird.
We came by again a couple weeks later on our way back to Montego bay and again, there was Lizzy waiting for us (we called ahead of course). And again, it was all good. It is a real nice place in the middle of a poorish kinda town, and it may feel weird driving down a narrow street to get to the place and then opening these iron doors to park the car inside for the night; you could leave it outside the iron doors too if you wanted, noone there is going to sabatoge it. They are all so helpful to guide you as you back your car in, or if you drove straight in, guide you back out on the street; and if there is no one nearby, then there is probably no traffic around either!
If you are not a very flexible personality, and need things to be just like the normal American city, then you may not be comfortable here.
But, it is good for anyone, really, no matter what age, it is more what is up your creek so to speak, as far as what you like for a "hide-out".
As for me, I'd go back anyday!
(I put down excellant, bearing in mind it is not a five star hotel, yeah, this place is EXCELLANT for the price!)
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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4 Holiday apartments for your independent vacation close to the beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1923
+41 -(0)44 945 04 79
Port Maria Jamaica North Coast
Switzerland
5

Great time in Port Maria

  • 5 of 5
It's my 3rd time in Jamaica and my 1st time in Port Maria. The apartments are very clean and comfortable and situated perfectly near the beach and town. The management was very helpful and give a lot of good tips. I enjoy the nice sandy beach with the local bars and people. No tourists at the beach and in the town but I meet a lot of nice locals. Also there is a lot of locals take aways and restaurants, which are serving fresh fish, seafood and typical local dishes. If you like the european standarts you have to go to Ocho Rios and there you will find all the tourists restaurants, night clubs and shops. You can also visit James Bond beach, Reggea Beach and the prospect plantation. Horse back riding at Prospect Plantation was a very special highlight of my holidays.

I will come back to Port Maria again because you get a lovely apartment for a small price.

Thanks to the management which let me experience Jamaica in a different way. Respect to all locals and people I get to know.

Irie
Hanny
  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2009
  • Stayed: Jan 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
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4 Holiday apartments for your independent vacation close to the beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1923
+41 -(0)44 945 04 79
Port Maria Jamaica North Coast
Boston, MA, USA
4

For the adventure traveler only...

  • 4 of 5
This property is for folks looking for the 'real jamaica'. You *will* find it here, complete with local 'restaurants', shopping and nature. The owners are very helpful and responsive and the property is well kept, well built and comfortable. The town is interested and the residents seem to look out for the random tourists that arrive.

However, the above picture of the beach and description that accompanies it are misleading.

* The beach looks nothing like the above. It's piled high (2-3 feet in some places) with debris, trash and wreckage. As there are no resorts here, no one cleans it, because no one uses it. The above photo must have been taken 15 years ago, because that beach isn't here.

* The staff, Church and the driver Charlie brown, are responsible and nice, but not very communicative about what is around or what is offered, nor did we find them around that much. This could be an asset to many, but for us, we needed some guidance. But to say that 'they will ensure an unforgettable holiday' is inaccurate. When we set up a local hike in the hills, the negotiated rate with a local was exorbitant. 80$ USD for a 90 min hike. If you work everything through caretaker Church and driver Charlie Brown and take time to get to know them and trust em, your experience will be vastly improved.

* There was a woman on the property, who repeatedly badgered us to cook for us. In fact, she is related to the owner's wife; her house has a gate that opens up onto the property. We had been warned about her, but we decided to go with it anyways. Bad choice: she will inflate the price of groceries (3000J for 1200J worth of goods) and will repeatedly ask you to buy her alcohol. She is a decent cook, but it hardly worth the hassle; she will enter your apartment uninvited, often drunk and won't leave without being rude. Find another cook; don't engage her.

* There are NO 'tourist' restaurants in town, but there are 2-3 jamaican places that serve good jamaican food and of course the jerk stands and patty place near the large market. These range from a shack with 2 plastic tables to a larger place with fluorescent lighting. Want a sit down dinner? Take a bus to Ocho Rios.

* Again, the owners are responsible, responsive and cooperative.

* Best bet is to have an idea of what is around and plan accordingly and negotiate diligently for some inside knowledge of the real jamaica.

* This place is secure and we felt very comfortable.
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2009
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
Owner's Response: Dear future guests

we are always happy to get some feedback from our guests. We take our responsability as the owners very serious and we need to get some honest feedbacks to improve our service.

First we want to say it again because a lot of travelers have a wrong picture of the island. Jamaica is a third world country and a lot of people have no steady job or any other income. Travelers to Jamaica have to have in mind that they have to negotiate prices and follow simple guidelines when you are traveling a third world country. The majority of the Jamaicans are very helpful and friendly and we are shure that you will enjoy your stay.

1. The beach in Port Maria is about 1,5km long and sandy. It is used mostly by locals and not very often by tourists. In the stormy and winter season from October to January we lately have a lot of rain and winter storms and then it can be that there is more wood and garbage is coming down to the beach with the 2 nearby rivers. The pictures (2005 - 2008) on our page are not misleading there are only taking in the summer season when the beach get cleaned regulary. In the winter season the beach only get cleaned 2 or 3 times because the Jamaicans do not use the beach too much in the cold winter (25 - 30 degrees). The nicest places of the beach are a 5 to 10 min. walk along the seaside out of the town. We will soon update our page with some new pics taken in 2009.

2. We are personaly in Jamaica at the moment and we are setting up a new management to improve the communication and our services.

3. We are not offering any cooking services at Sunrise Apartments. The past management which was in charge since the start of 2008 did allow our family to do so without our knowledge. We are sorry for that inconvenience and we did sort it out with our new manager and our family and those things will shurly not happen again.

4. As we write on our homepage Port Maria is not a tourist resort and you will only find local restaurants and a Kentucky fried chicken in the town center. If you are looking for an US or European standart restaurant you would have to go to Ocho Rios or another tourist resort and the prices are like at your home or even higher.

We thanks our guests for the review and we are shure that with our new management future guests will have a great time in Port Maria and Jamaica.

Greetings
The owners
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4 Holiday apartments for your independent vacation close to the beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1923
+41 -(0)44 945 04 79
Port Maria Jamaica North Coast
finland
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miss

  • 3 of 5
Port Maria is a lovely town where I most likely will come back one day.But the beach is not good for swimming and the pictures about the beach have been taken propably years ago.Nowadays it is full of garbage.
Sunrise Apartments location is very good.
Yes there is a TV and stereo and other but none of these are working .In most days only cold water was running.Cleaning was once a week and there had not been done a very good cleaning for a long long time.
  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
business
4 Holiday apartments for your independent vacation close to the beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1923
+41 -(0)44 945 04 79
Port Maria Jamaica North Coast
Münsingen,bern, switzerland
4

3 Weeks in port maria

  • 4 of 5
I'ts a nice place to relax and see the real jamaican life. No tourists. I'ts better to get a car or a driver. Close to tourist attractions in Ocho rios.
  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2008
  • Stayed: Nov 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
business
4 Holiday apartments for your independent vacation close to the beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1923
+41 -(0)44 945 04 79
Port Maria Jamaica North Coast
Naval Base Guantanamo Bay Cuba
5

Christmas in Jamaica

  • 5 of 5
Exchange your money at the Western Union and use Jamaican Money. It goes a long way!!

Christmas is a wonderful time to be in Jamaica. As we drove up we were welcomed with open arms. Mr.Winston C took care us and we felt very welcome. And we enjoyed Ruff, he is the most wonderful dog!!! For the week we were in Jamaica, our son's became friends with the local residents of Port Maria. Me,my husband and 9 year old daughter enjoyed shopping the markets, and the street vendors. Everyone was nice, very nice. Christmas Eve is an all day and night affair celebrated with shopping, and music. The festivities start on Christmas Eve morning, and continue till 6 am Chirstmas Morning. The Jonkanoo and Gran' Market, are the names of their celebrations. We did the local tourist thing in Ocho Rios which included Margaritaville, Shaw Park Gardens, the Craft Market, and Dolphin Cove. While on our way to Shaw Park Gardens, we met up with a local Man named Rambo. We payed our entrance fee, and he gave us a personal tour. He told us the history of the garden, and taught us about the plants. Then we were escorted on the most wonderful journey to Murphy Hill. The highest point overlooking Ocho Rios. The most amazing view ever. Heaven truly does exist. It cost $2.00. Then he took us down another road, and drove through Fern Gully. We rented a car while there. I recommend renting only if you are a very good driver. The roads are narrow. Diving is on the left side of the road. And Jamaicans have a certain way of driving. All over Port Maria,Taxis are available. So transportation is available. And when it was time to go back to kingston and catch our flight, Mr.Winston C came with us so we would not get lost. The road signs are not as dominiate as they are in the states, so it is very easy to get lost. The apartments were the best part of our stay, because honestly had a place to call home when were done with our activities. THE PRICE was the best of all the places we researched. Seeing the people of Jamaica was much better than looking out the window of an over priced hotel and resort. The people are who we came to see. And we were pleased. All of the people in the world could learn alot from the people of Jamaica!!!
  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2007
  • Stayed: Nov 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
69 Kilometres
Kingston
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Ocho Rios
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Pagee Beach
Car: not necessary

Port Maria is the capital of the parish St. Mary. In earlier times Port Maria was one of the biggest export harbour of Banana and sugarcane in Jamaica. A local and typical Jamaican town, with only a few guesthouses in the area. Ideal for visitors, who like to experience the friendly and helpful charm of the Jamaican people. Also there is a few touristic attractions in the area. In Port Maria you will find 2-3 lovely churches and the Cabarita island in the bay. Also there is a local Saturday market with fresh foods, fruits and vegetables. Just a 10 min. drive away you will find a lovely spot called Noel Coward's Firefly. There is a small museum there and the view is breathtaking. Also you can explore one of the many plantations surrounding Port Maria, or you do some horseback riding. There is a few local restaurants, bars and clubs in the area, mostly with local dishes, drinks and music’s.

Other Activities: Guided tours in the hills of St. Ann's with Jango our Rasta friend and others.

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Rates & Availability

From $46 Per night

Port Maria Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Dec 9 2014 - Dec 20 2014
1 night minimum stay
$50
$349
 
 
Christmas/NewYear
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
$369
 
 
High Season
Jan 6 2015 - Feb 28 2015
1 night minimum stay
$50
$349
$1,340
 
 
Mid Season
Mar 1 2015 - Mar 31 2015
1 night minimum stay
$46
$319
$1,230
 

Additional information about rental rates

End cleaning $20
Notes The rates are for 1 apartment (1-4 person) per week. Included in the rent is bedlinen and bathroom towels 1 times a week, gas, water, electricity, taxes, parking lot and you can use our lovely garden with covered gazebo. We offer a cleaning service 1 to 3 times a week possible, extra costs US$ 20.-- each time. We charge extra for using our washing machine
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Amenities

Port Maria Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom -
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Apartment - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Each apartment have a bed room with a double bed and a sofa bed in the kitchen/living room for up to 4 pers. Both rooms have also a ceiling van.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Each apartment has bedroom with a double bed, Toilet/Shower, fully equipped kitchen, living room with a sofa bed and a balcony with sea view from the upper apartments. Also on request we have fishing gear, bochia balls and other games. We provide you with the first toilett tissue and dishwashing liquid. After you have to purchase your own.

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