smal hillside cottage overlooking port antonio and the carribean sea ..walking distance to transportation,markets,beaches and other attractions..the cottage is 150 steps thru the jungle up a hill from the car park....this cottage is the closest to the car park...small kitchen..linens provided..beds covered with mosquito net..long pants/socks advisable in the early evenings..some vsitors take a nite or two to get used to the sounds of early morning dogs and roosters..the woman living below this cottage occasionally has loud conversations with jesus..water is not hot unless u choose to heat it on the stove..small yard and roof deck..indoor stove and outdoor grille..sleeps three..50$us a nite for two people..a third adult is an additional 25$..comfortable walking shoes with good gripping soles are advisable,a tip on luggage..suitcases are impractical due to the steep terrain..backpacks are a better option..this cottage does not get wifi,but it is available in the office courtyard..best to arrive before dark..
Michael doesn't just rents rooms, he opens his home and it's a privilege to be adopted by a family while traveling. We returned home to find our Rough Guide to Jamaica had finally arrived (caught in the Christmas Post). No matter... we'd already ticked all the boxes, with Michael as a host and local guide. There's nothing he couldn't tell us about Port Antonio people, places and crucially, which beaches and where to eat.
This is the absolute perfect place to explore Port Antonio and its surrounding areas and beaches.
My girlfriend and I stayed 4 nights in one of Michael cottages located only a few 5-6 minutes’ walk from the busy town center of Port Antonio. The cottages is tucked away on the hill side surrounded by lush rain forest and palm trees and with a stunning view over the city and bay area this is the perfect hideaway. Okay you have to climb 250 stairs to get to the top located cottage where we stayed but is definitely worth it.
The cottage itself is spacious and colorful and have all the basic appliances you need for an enjoyable stay. If you combine that with a stunning view from the balcony (with hammock) this is the ideal place to start and finish your day after exploring.
Michael is a very knowledgeable and forthcoming host and he always encouraged us to swing by for tour advice, a talk, a beer or a game of domino or the all combined and together was his family he made our stay very enjoyable.
If we were to return to Jamaica we most definitely stay here again.
Mango ridge is conveniently located within walking distance of the buzzing streets of Port Antonio. The cottage we rented was clean and well kept. The cooking area was functional and the bed was comfortable. There isn't really a dedicated eating area, but Michael provided a table to us on our second day. Michael was a very good host host and his daughter showed us around Port Antonio on our arrival, which was very nice. He even provided us with fresh eggs and apples.
Note that there are no screens on the windows and the cottages are in an area with dense tropical vegetation, so bugs can be an issue, particularly around dinner time. There are nets around the beds however.
Thank all things great and small for Mango Ridge Cottages and to every one who makes that place peaceful and a joy to come home to!
In addition to what has already been written about Mango Ridge (Tripadvisor and Airbnb) what is left to mention are the people who make staying there possible. These beautiful individuals are a far cry from any 'staff' at a resort (thankfully). They're true Jamaicans who are there to help and answer your questions about anything you will need so that while you're there you get to live out the most authentic Jamaican experience.
After spending close to a month travelling around Jamaica (looping the island one and a half times), Mango Ridge was the only place we chose to come back to because it's just that good there!
When you stay at Mango Ridge you leave a better person whether you know it or not.
my boyfriend and i had such an incredible time in jamaica and this had a lot to do with the beautiful family we stayed with. mike and his kids were an amazing family to meet and hang out with. we stayed in the second cottage which was newly built. it was a great place to experience true jamaican living and and enjoy the nature that surrounded us. mike gave us fresh eggs each morning from his chickens to cook for breakfast, and was always available to answer any questions we had about the area. thanks for everything!
mango ridge was the perfect place to stay in port antonio. we looked at other places to stay, but soon discovered while we were in jamaica that they were located a taxi ride away from town. the short walk from mango ridge to the grocery store/food stands/local markets etc was definitely worth while. mike was super helpful with anything we needed. We couldn't have asked for a better host. the houses he has are beautiful with great views from all the windows.
As a seasoned traveller I’ve found that once in a while you come across a place, a host, a family that readily accept you into their lives and still capable of allowing a feeling of total freedom. For me, and as far I saw with guests from Virginia and Copenhagan, each were a perfect fit with Michael and the children.
The cottages and small 2 bedroom house are perfectly situated on the edge of the town, high on the ridge with an absolute stunning view of Port Antonio and East Harbour. The height affords a cooling sea breeze that also keeps mosquitos at bay in such a lush jungle like setting.
The cottages are simple in design, in character with the surroundings and contain the necessities for a short or long term stay. The grounds are full of orange, banana, mango, guava and soursop trees. Having lived in Port Antonio for over 2 decades, Michael knows the best coffee café, variety of quality restaurants and foods for every budget, best beaches, where to buy fruits and veg, how to get around using public route taxis – in essence, his advice and knowledge is invaluable regardless of what kind of traveller you are.
Mango Ridge was thoroughly enjoyable, personable and a lot of fun. I’ve been to Portland Parish numerous times and have finally found a perfect place, a perfect blend and a good friend.
I had a great time staying at Mango Ridge! Michael and the kids made it a home away from home! I would recommend it to anyone!