Destination guide

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue (to Jamaica?)

Smack in the middle of Jamaica's north coast on the Caribbean Sea, picturesque Discovery Bay is dotted with pristine white sand beaches and stunning villas that will transport you away from the stress of big city life. The area's name comes from the long-held belief that this is where Columbus first landed in 1494 (it was actually a little farther away). Whether or not Columbus was here, a Discovery Bay vacation rental will let you discover the area's beauty for yourself, from the quaint town and interesting museums, to the gorgeous beaches and fascinating nature.

Things to do

Travel back in time to the days of the early explorers

Even if Columbus didn't land here, there are plenty of artifacts from that era on display at Columbus Park, an open-air museum showcasing relics that were discovered when the Kaiser Bauxite Company excavated the area. Along with pieces from Columbian and colonial times, you'll find 18th-century cannons and remains of an old sugar estate. A few miles away, a visit to the Green Grotto Caves will take you even further back in time, with relics of the native Taino Arawak people. The caves also reportedly played a big role in allowing the Spaniards to escape the British invasion of 1655.


Vacation where relaxation is the name of the game

If you leave your Discovery Bay vacation rental not feeling relaxed, you're probably doing it wrong. The white sand beaches and glittering turquoise waters are so calming, many visitors never want to leave. It's the perfect place to frolic in the warm sea waters or just work on your tan. Horseback riding excursions actually take you into the water at nearby Chukka Cove. Beachfront strolls and walking tours of the town are also an option if you prefer to use your own 2 feet. Plan to pull up a beach blanket for some amazing sunsets.


Get ready for your own Caribbean Groundhog Day

It might be easy to lose track of the days at your Discovery Bay vacation rental, because the weather is nearly the same here every day of the year. In this case, that's a good thing. You can expect highs in the upper 80s and low 90s all year long, with lows in the 70s. June is the hottest month and January is the coldest, if you're really paying attention to the 10-degree temperature swings. You'll see the most rain from May to June and September to October, with the latter being peak hurricane season, so check ahead.

Natural features

Water, water everywhere (and plenty of beaches, too)

Originally named Dry Harbour (Puerto Seco) Bay by Columbus due to the lack of rivers, Discovery Bay is anything but dry. The vibrant turquoise waters stretch for miles along the clean white sand beaches, which see some spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Rising above the city is Dry Harbour Mountain. You'll also find the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory here, which studies the coral reef and tropical marine wildlife off the island's shores. You might even see some for yourself if you head out to play in the crystal clear waters.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Discovery Bay

The nearest airport is in Montego Bay (MBJ-Sir Donald Sangster Intl.), located 33.3 mi (53.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Discovery Bay?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 376 vacation rentals near Discovery Bay. From 279 Villas to 54 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Discovery Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Discovery Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Discovery Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Green Grotto Caves: 871 vacation rentals
  • Columbus Park: 620 vacation rentals
  • Ocho Rios Fort: 785 vacation rentals
  • Dolphin Cove: 788 vacation rentals
  • Island Village: 736 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Discovery Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Discovery Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 279 Villas in Discovery Bay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Discovery Bay include:

  • Houses: 54 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 10 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 23 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Discovery Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 261 vacation rentals with pool available in Discovery Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.