About This Listing
The cottage is located within the city limits of quaint, yet beautiful Port Antonio in the parish of Portland,and on the north eastern coast.
The rainfall here is ample and creates lush and verdant foliage all year round.
The Cottage is in walking distance to the town( 5-7 Minutes) and as one guest said, it is in an 'authentic' Jamaican neighborhood where in addition to the most friendly neighbors you will encounter you will also experience true Jamaican congeniality. In this neighborhood you will also hear dogs , cats and goats. In addition there are chickens that go to sleep in trees by night and joyfully announce the breaking of dawn and the rising of the morning sun,You might even ocassionally hear singing coming from a local church, in addition to the sweet pulsing beat of reggae music in the air, all adding to the flavor of this neighborhood. (Lite sleepers might consider bringing along ear plugs. The view is SPECTACULAR from the outside patio and verandah. The cottage provides ceiling fans and two modestly furnished bedrooms, a living and dining areas and a kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, in addition to pots, pans, plates and other gadgets and utensils etc. Here you will be able to prepare your choice of meals with ease or have someone (we would recommend) do it for you at extra cost.Hot water is also available.. .The space comfortably accomodates four individuals. Free complimentary Wifi is now available to guests staying 2 nights or more with an added fee for guests staying 1 night.
In downtown Port Antonio you will access to Banks, Atm,Supermarkets, Post Office and a variety of shops. Vendors along the streets might also be of interest to you. You will be in close proximity to two the beaches( Pier Beach by the Marina near the city center and Shan Shy about a five minute drive away). Taxis are available or we can recommend one, should you desire a trip to one of the many other attractions outside of Port Antonio including the Blue Lagoon,Boston Beach which is in close proximity to Jamaica's world famous Jerk Center.Or you might want to go to San San, Frenchman's Cove,or Winifred Beaches for a swim. Or just perhaps Rafting down the Rio Grande might be of interest too.
On the property you will find a variety of tropical plants and fruit trees, including sugar cane,coconuts, breadfruit, ackees,otaheiti apples and of course PINEAPPLES, of which you will be able to partake freely when in season.
Jamaica has its own traditional dishes and if you might want to sample any of these, our local hostess will direct you to someone who will provide meal preparation on premises at extra cost. Need to have some lite washing done. our local hostess can make that arrangement , also at extra cost.
Interaction with Guests
Interaction with you, our guest wiil be ongoing from the time you make an inquiry, and through your vacation. We will communicate with you by telephone/e-mail as needed and our on-site hostess will be available to you during your visit. Guests will be alone at the cottage during their entire stay.
No partying or excessive drinking of alcohol
No smoking in the dwelling .
Guests must notify establishment of approximate arrival time.
Keys must be given to on-site hostess on check out.
On- site hostess must have access as needed.
Guests are responsible for any damage done to property and/or furnishings.
Bed linens, towels, soap and toilet tissue are provided.
There are many local taxi (dollar taxi) in town, ready and willing to take you to whatever destination you may choose. Or we can recommend safe and responsible drivers.
Other Things to Note
For guests who drive, parking for one car is available nearby. In additionto our complimentary wifi service free Wifi can also be accessed at the Marina in downtown Port Antonio. Local television programming is also available.
We expect our guests to take good care of the property, including keeping the COTTAGE clean. Pets and smoking are not allowed in the dwelling areas neither is, heavy drinking or partying.
Most people choose to go to the safer, resorty kind of place (Negril, Montego bay, etc) while they are traveling in Jamaica but if you are looking to explore and get to see just a peek of 'real Jamaica', I recommend this place. Although, Port Antonio is also a pretty big town, I found the small town feel very charming. The house is on a hill with a lovely sea view that makes it intimate and very romantic especially for honeymoon. The neighbors who hosted us were the sweetest people and they made our stay in Port antonio very special. Tricia, in particular was extra special. We got to know her better as she prepared a Caribbean style dinner at our house. Considering how short our stay was, she made us feel like family and even stayed while we were eating to share a conversation with us. You would have to pay for the ingredients and cooking fee of course:) She talked about her family and her history at the house. Something to keep in mind about Jamaica in general before you make a decision to travel here, things are pricier than you might expect (ie. Transportation, food, tours, etc) the reason why I mention this is because for first timers, you will at feel as though you are getting ripped off but in all reality, things are pricey even for the locals.
A friendly tip: if you're on a budget, check out jerk stands and pattie trucks. Super delicious and pretty affordable. But even the jerk stands that locals recommended, it's a good 5 bucks for a meal.
After 3 days in pineapple hill, Tricia and her son greeted us goodbye with a warm hug and it was sad to leave but we made a promise to someday return once we start a family of our own!!
This was amazing.
After a pretty arduous week-long journey across Jamaica, we were SO pleasantly surprised by how this listing exceeded our expectations.
Owen and Marcia were the sweetest hosts throughout the process. They were always available remotely through AirBnb chat. Their on-site host, Ann-Marie is a lovely person and took great care of us.
If you're thinking of visiting Port Antonio, stay here. The house is very, very nice, fully equipped and in a perfect location.
It was a great choice to stay in such a central location, close to an expansive fruit market. From here, we took route taxis ($1-2 per person!) to local beaches every day.
We loved our stay at the Pineapple Hill Cottage. The house was exactly as shown in the pictures, and maybe even a bit more charming. The view from the front porch is incredible with the trees and ocean. We spent every morning eating breakfast under the banana trees in the front yard with the great view. The location was excellent, just a 5 minute walk to downtown Port Antonio where my favorite cookshop (zilly's kitchen) is located. The house was very clean and had all the things we needed to cook in the kitchen. The bed we slept in was very comfortable, and even though there wasn't air conditioning, Port Antonio cools off quite a bit at night, and with the fan on, we didn't get too hot and were able to sleep great! Port Antonio is a great place to be to experience the best of Jamaica with wonderful people, hardly any tourists, and a ton to do!! One of our favorite things we did while here was a boat trip from the blue lagoon to monkey island to snorkel. I previously lived in Jamaica for a couple years and I can honestly say that this place was a dream vacation, and we will definitely return in future trips.
Situated on a hill at the heart of Port Antonios' local community this apartment facilitates a taste of real Jamaica. Local residents were friendly and helpful, showing us were to buy fresh fish, fruit, veg, groceries etc, all within reasonable walking distance, and even supplying some of their own 'home grown' veggies. Had there been any concerns regarding security these were rapidly allayed by the presence of neighbourhood pets (dogs, goats and cockerels); nothing getting past them without one almighty chorus. Rain or shine, nothing could spoil the serenity and pricelessness of fantastic balcony views although this came at a cost, a fair few steps to climb before accessing the apartment, but certainly worth it. Furnishings were reasonable with a good supply of utensils, crockery and cleaning equipment. Excellent support/communication by hosts, Owen @ Marcia, throughout the booking process and duration of our stay. Overall apartment is to be well recommended.
A few friends and I decided to stay here while in Jamaica and it was the best decision we ever made. The house is beautiful, the neighbourhood is so vibrant and lively and teeming with life - reggae, conversation, insects, birds, roosters, goats, dogs, and every shade of green you can imagine! So many flowers! The ocean view every day! The moon at night! And friendly and fascinating neighbours who come up just to lime and make sure you're all good. Really a lovely experience to be here, and Owen and Marcia were fantastic about communicating from afar and making sure we were well taken care of. Thank you for the time of our lives! :)
Pineapple Hill is fantastic! We were looking for the real Jamaica and we found it in Port Antonio: a vibrant, friendly and beautiful town on the east coast. As soon as we pulled up in our car, George, the neighbor and host for the villa, greeted us with a smile that never left his face. George became our friend immediately. He showed us around the town that night and took us to some great food windows for jerk chicken, festivals, and patties - all great. We finished the night at Colors, the little bar at the foot of the hill leading up to the villa. We talked to many people - everyone was so welcoming and friendly. Truly an amazing night.
On the next day we went to the Blue Lagoon and Winifred Beach - you should too. That night we bought some fish and vegetables and grilled with George, Ann-marie, Trish, and the rest of the family. George showed us how to make a basket too! We were so sad to leave the next day.
Do yourself a favor and stay at this beautiful villa, with a porch overlooking the bay, and the friendliest host and neighbors you'll ever meet!
My boyfriend and I as well as another couple just finished our week stay at the cottage. We could not have asked for a better experience, or a better place to stay. The cottage was exactly how it looked in the pictures, clean, spacious and well equipped. The view from the balcony was beautiful and I spent many hours just staring at the scenery. The neighborhood is safe, welcoming and full of beauty. The cottage is within 10 minute walk to the town center where you can find anything you need (bank, groceries, fresh produce from the market) as well as being walking distance to a small, semi private beach. Although there is no air conditioning we had no problem sleeping or spending time inside. There was a constant sound of dogs, roosters or goats outside but it added to the experience and was never a nuisance. I would 100% recommend renting the cottage and enjoying the experience of a true Jamaican neighborhood.
Be sure to contact Trisha and get a home cooked traditional Jamaican dinner (it was delicious), and she was very friendly.
We also appreciated the contact for Kevin who was able to pick us up from the air port as well as showing us many must see attractions close to town. He acted as a fantastic guide and gave us many tips. He made our trip very enjoyable , it was nice to have a friend to show us around.
Lastly, Owen and Marcia were very fast in replying to any questions that we had, they made the planning much easier.
About the Host, Owen & Marcia
We are both native to the Island of Jamaica and still maintain a vacation residence there. We are university graduates, Owen with a masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Marcia, a masters degree in Social Work. Now retired we both enjoy frequent visits to Pineapple Hill Seaview Cottage (our vacation home) in beautiful Port Antonio and hope that you will also have a pleasant experience in this tropical respite.
As a guest at Pineapple Hill we request your consideration and care of the property so that we , our other guests and hopefully you will be able to enjoy many more moments in this litttle piece of paradise.
Our on - site hostess, Ann-Marie (Dimple, as she is fondly called) resides in close proximity to Pineapple Hill and will be available to guide and assist you during your stay. She is a sparkling example of our Jamaican warmth and congenialty and will be delighted to help make your stay very pleasant and memorable.