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Jamaican Villa with Car and Driver Included

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Bedrooms 2
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 6

Welcome to one of the most unique vacation opportunities in the world. Only at Reef Watch do you get a car, driver and guide for the duration of your stay.

Hubert, our caretaker, will treat you like a king and a friend at the same time. He will enable you to experience Jamaica like a native and learn first hand what beautiful, kind people there are in Jamaica. The cuisine, sights, sounds, and people of our sleepy fishing village, Scarlet Hall, are part of the Reef Watch experience. Sit back and listen to the locals speaking their native tongue, Patois, while music from the village drifts through the air. The barrier reef is just offshore and will provide you with fish, conch and lobster to complete your authentic Jamaican meals.

Our secluded grounds include fruit bearing trees and plenty of shade, patio space, and a spacious observation deck for star gazing and sunbathing. You will return home a changed person with thoughts of a return trip.

Immersion tourism: Reef Watch is as far from the typical all inclusive Jamaican resorts as you can get. Guests are immersed in the culture, sights and sounds of our village while living amongst the Jamaican people. The adventure includes authentic meals, secluded beaches, and a guide to bring it all to life. We have plenty of sun and shade on the property. Guests can experience the sights of the north shore of Jamaica before returning to the solitude of Reef Watch.

Hubert James: The best part of Reef Watch is the people of our village, Scarlet Hall. In particular, Hubert, our guide and driver is the cornerstone of the trip. He lives directly behind our home, and he knows the north shore down to every detail. His knowledge base and easy going personality will enhance your vacation. Traveling to the attractions allows Hubert to fill you in on the details of the terrain,villages and people as you pass them on the roads. He will introduce you to his family and friends and he often knows the store and restaurant managers. If you like, Hubert will cook real Jamaican dishes for you in the Reef Watch kitchen. Hubert is an accomplished spear fisherman, so your meals may include fresh fish, lobster, crab, conch and octopus.

Attractions: Scarlet Hall is located close to many popular attractions. These include Dunn's River Falls, Martha Brae River rafting, and the Luminous Lagoon. You can visit desolate beaches or explore a farm in the nearby hills. Snorkeling, SCUBA diving and spearfishing are available. Many guests make overnight trips to Negril to enjoy some fine dining or live music. We can recommend a place to stay. Montego Bay and its shops and restaurants are less than 30 miles away.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sandie McLaren
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Sandie, Just a quick note to thank you and let you know what a FABULOUS

time we had at Reef Watch! Hubert was SOOOO amazing and we had such a

wonderful few days with him!!! We feel like we truly experienced the real

Jamaica with its beautiful scenery and beautiful people. We are telling

everyone about your place and hope to come back ourselves sometime. ..and

stay longer!

Thank you again for a wonderful experience!
Jan 2015
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Jamaican Villa with Car and Driver Included
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A wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at reef watch. Just as the write up promices, Hubert is great. Javian (his son) also made us feel really welcome. We have taken some great vacations, but the experience of being so immersed in the Scarlet Hall community made this really special. We can't stop thinking about it. Hubert cooked us several wonderful meals (jerk chicken, fish he caught, lobster for lunch one day and ackee and salt fish(the national dish). He would have happily cooked more if we let him. We floated the Martha Rae which was awesome, spent a lot of time at Burwood beach, and also visited Doctor's Cave Beach and Aquasol. We toured Greenwood Great House and visited Rex. The only thing we wish we skipped is Duns River Falls but its so famous we wanted to see it-I can't even describe how crowded is was. The luminous lagoon was fun, market day in Falmouth was an experience and playing lootie at the local bar was a blast.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Best Vacation Ever!!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say but WOW! We stayed for 10 days - Apr 17 - 27, 2016. What an amazing experience. Hubert and his son Javen (sp?) were unbelievably awesome. We had 4 adults and 1 teen (13 years old). I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews before deciding on Reef Watch-we were NOT disappointed. We played lootie and went on day trips every day. I cannot state enough that this is the place to stay - We had so much fun. House is exactly as described. The village and the people of Scarlett Hall were wonderful. Rex is awesome - you have to tell Hubert to bring you up the mountain to see him. He is so cheerful and sweet

- We went to Negril and stayed a night at roots bamboo (on 7 mile beach). Nice place and inexpensive too. People on the beach are a little pushy asking you to buy things constantly but a simple "No thank you" is sufficient

-We went to Ocho Rios-Dolphin Cove - shark swim and dolphin swim which were both an once in a lifetime experience. The Jamaican Travel Saver card ($20) gets you a buy 1get 1 free dolphin swim which brings the price down to $100 per person. Shark swim-2 for $50 so not bad

-After the Dolphin Cove Hubert drove us through the town and instead of going to Dunns River Falls (too touristy for me) we went to the Blue Hole instead - incredible and a must. There was no one there so we had the entire place to ourselves-only $10 per person. Excellent price for beautiful scenery and a beautiful swimming hole and waterfall

-We did the Martha Brae river rafting twice (it was so relaxing and inexpensive) that we couldn't help but do it again

-We did the luminous lagoon (Glistening waters restaurant). Restaurant had good food, but bring bug spray for you legs under the table. The lagoon was pretty cool experience ($25 per person and only about a 1/2hr trip but worth it to see a once in a lifetime experience)

-We went to the grocery store (Blue diamond) after getting to the airport - but tell Hubert you would rather go to the big one across the street - much more of a selection and better organized. Our first bill was $42,500 (J) which come to about $350 in USD. But was more than enough food for us.

-Hubert & Javen took us to the beach to go spear fishing and snorkeling-my daughter and husband loved it

-He will cook for you too. He caught a barracuda, lobster and octopus (fried is awesome). Jerk chicken was the best

-Ask him to bring you to try Fish Tea.

Tell him Chris Dave Tim Robin and Hunter said HI. We WILL be back

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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My favorite vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

Hubert and the locals quickly become family. I just can't say enough about this life changing experience. Watching the lunar eclipse in the village was a privilege I will never forget. Snorkeling with Hubert in the morning is very relaxing. Walking through the village , I quickly realized that I Love everything about Reef Watch. Go see Rex! Invite the locals over. Go play loodie. Become a Jamaican for a while! Just the simple act of giving the local kids a small trinket or toy , and their return gratitude , made me fall in love with the people of the village . I can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Great week at Reef Watch

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Reef Watch. Hubert James is Reef Watch! You cannot ask for a more generous, patient, fun host who is a great cook to boot. If you want to experience a local fishing village with local Jamaican food, far from hotels and resorts Reef Watch and Hubert James is right for you.

We were a couple interested in photography, local cooking and food, a few out of the way attractions and relaxation. Reef Watch did not disappoint. The rental itself is basic but comfortable. The queen size bed in the master bedroom was comfortable and we spent a lot of time in the screened in porch. Cooking with Hubert was the best! He introduced us to the game of Loodie, which was great fun. He truly was available 24/7 and had great recommendations of things we would enjoy. We felt very safe under Hubert's watchful eye. He introduced us around the village like we were family.

A great experience!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Amazing Experience

  • 5 of 5

Took this trip with my husband and another couple. This is one of the best trips I have ever taken. Hubert helped us see and do everything that we wanted to do while in Jamaica. He took us to some great eating places, shopping places, beaches, site seeing and most of all fishing. While we were fishing we caught a 350 pound blue marlin. We made memories here that will last a life time. The last night Hubert and his friends cooked for us and we played loogie. We all had a lot of fun and would love to go back and see Hubert and the island again.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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2nd time even better

  • 5 of 5

We came back for our second trip to reef watch. We were so impressed the first time that we brought back our brother and sister. Hubert was great as usual and the people in the village where a pleasure to visit with. If you want a great experience with the locals you need to stay here. I don't know why anybody would put a negative review on this place because it's a hidden gem. Sandie the owner is a pleasure doing business with, as she always make sure we have everything we need when we get there. We went there a few months ago and we're going back in September for our second trip this year. Do yourself a favor and skip the hotel and give Reef Watch a try.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Sangster Airport Montego Bay Jamaica

Scarlett Hall is a sleepy fishing village between Falmouth and Montego Bay. The village is right on the water and close to many tourist sites. We are a day trip away from the entire North Shore from Negril to Ocho Rios. Snorkeling and shopping are only minutes away.

Other Activities: Shopping, boating


Rates & Availability

Salt Marsh House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Shoulder Season
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Low Season
Jun 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Shoulder Season
Aug 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

From $1100/wk US Dollars
2 guests .. $1100-$1345/week;
* Rates are subject to change based on seasons and special events
Dates Available: Year Round

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Salt Marsh House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom/sink are accessed from inside home.
    Shower - outdoor shower , The private shower is accessed from outside of the home.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master Bedroom has a queen bed with a pullout full mattress that can be used on the floor of the master.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Staff
  • churches
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Guide/Driver is available 24/7 including airport pickup and drop off.

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