Imagine having a 'private reef' to yourself with access to two single kayaks -- all you need to do is bring your snorkel gear and you get to see the glories of a living coral reef, right in you front yard.
This is the only little private, boutique compound we know of that offers the opportunity for you to spend day after day taking in the beauty of an abundance of birds flying over the sea, watching pelican TV diving in for fish, plus a coral reef filled with a varity of marine life. Some of the guests even swim out and back (it's just under 1 mile).
Sea Ranch Cottage (cottage closest to the ocean) and Rasta Ranch Cottage sit directly on the water, with a small sandy beach just steps from your door.
Sea Ranch Cottage:
Each furnished cottage features a large living/dining porch with privacy shades, ceiling and table fanned bedrooms with queen size bed, fully-equipped kitchen, private bathroom -- and unique open-air showers with reliable electric hot water, outside in a walled garden of flowering vines.
Jamaican paintings, carvings and books abound. CD/radio players. Sea kayaks, hammocks, jetty with chairs, tables and lounge areas -- there isn't much you need to do here other than decompress, listen to waves and watch the birds fly by...it your own little slice of Jamaican heaven.
If you do not feel like cooking yourself or dinnning out at a handful of good little restaurants (either within walking distance or very short drive -- you can always get it to go), Laga, on of your trusted Yardies can be hired for local marketing, cooking and dinner service - he uses a separate cookhouse with freezer-fridge and oven. His fee is US$15 + supplies.
Rasta Ranch Cottage:
One hour from MoBay and Negril, yet off the beaten track in a traditional fishing village, Sea Ranch and Rasta Ranch at Horizon have been featured in Caribbean Travel & Life: Jamaica's Hidden Coast.
Seaside pavilion and jetty. Sea kayaking, snorkeling and horseback riding nearby. Horizon comes w/ housekeeper, dinner cook, boatmen, gardener and night watchman. Tour guides are also available for wherever you want to explore: YS Falls, the Blue Hole Gardens, Black River, Whitehouse market, Appleton Rum.
This private seaside compound in a untouristed fishing village is a favorite of artists, writers, honeymooners and adventuresome first-time visitors who come back again and again.
Each self-catering cottage sleeps 1-2
not appropriate children under 15
Good swimming snorkeling in 12-15 ft waters + live reef, about 1 mile out to sea
Housekeeper 3 times a week, nightly security. Please give a gratuity of US$25-US$30/week
Cook (Laga) available for hire for dinner service for US$15 + supplies
Two Sea kayaks for guest use
Wi-Fi for BYO computer
Great books to peruse
1 queen size bed, ceiling & table fanned, private bathroom - - A/C available for a surchage or US$15/night. This is paid on island directly when used. We ask that you only use the A/C at night when preparing for bed and sleeping
Private outdoor elec. water heated hot/cold shower in garden/sculptural walk-in showers
Completely outfitted kitchen
Safe beach that you can easily walk out to your waist
"Utterly charming" says the Lonely Planet Guide to Jamaica of Sea Ranch & Rasta Ranch, "two sweet cottages in a private ocean front setting".
The famous Peter Tosh is a son of Belmont. His monument is just down the road you can walk right over to it, the locals there will show you around -- you may find his CD's or t-shirt on sale as well
Kayak to the reef which is about 2.5 km out directly in front of Horizon were you will see alot of sea life
A trip to Negril for some dinner and night life (45 min. drive).
Close by, the town of Savanna-la-Mar for shopping can be arranged (20+ min.)
Walk to Mt Carey, strait up the hill will take you past the play field where the children played -- a beautiful view of the village and the sea. Laga is happy show you the way, it is a great chance to meet the locals; farmers riding there donkey or tending there gardens, children playing, etc
Or you can just take in the sweetness of just doing nothing at all except watch some "Pelican" TV and drink a Red Stripe (one of mi favorite tings to do on island)