lowest cottage(100 steps from carpark)..1 double and 1 single bed..small kitchen..outdoor grill..and covered (email hidden)ernet at office/mainhouse...upstairs bedroom with harbor views..if you have heavy suitcases,this cottage is the easiest to access.
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 (email hidden)door stove and outdoor grille..sleeps three..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...best to arrive before dark..
wifi in the office courtyard up the hill
Interaction with Guests
10 minute walk to public transport
Other Things to Note
this cottage was recently renovation and now has a 2nd floor bedroom with improved views of the harbor
Michael was a great and warm host. He welcomed us with 2 cold beers and waited for us untill 2:30 am since we got delayed on the airport due to car rental. Appartment was great with a great view to Port Antonio, WiFi and kitchen so we could make a breakfast. Second morning we got fresh eggs and bread as well. He told us where to go and what to be careful about. Michael thank you for everything and all the best! B
I had nothing short of a great time! Michael was an amazing host! I will be staying with him again during my next trip to Jamaica!
Mike was really welcoming and helpful host, always there for whatever you need and giving advice to make the most of your stay in port Antonio. we really enjoy our stay at mango ridge, the setting was really nice with trees and plants all over gives a nice feeling. Robin, mike's assistant, is amazing, always there for whatever we needed gave us a tour of the town, giving advice and even climbed up the tree to gather coconuts for us, he made our stay even more pleasant. mike and robin make a really great team! I highly recommend Mango Ridge.
View and location: great, just 15min from the city centre and still with a rainforest feeling.
Cottage: well equipped and much better than described or seen on pictures.
Host: good communication before and during our stay. Mike, Lisa and Robin have done everything and even a little more to make our stay the highlight of our Jamaica trip (we planned 7 days and stayed 11 and are looking forward to return). We highly recommend the place, the host and don't miss the rafting with Jeff, Mike's friend.
A wonderful stay in Port Antonio and the warmest welcome by Michael, number One host! We will come back for sure it was an honour too, thanks again for everything Michael!
Sleeping in Mike's cottages is a to-do experience in Port Antonio, if you love nature. Like a fable, will feel like you find yourself in a tree house, with birds standing on branches just ouside the window. Needless to say how beautiful is the view, from the hill dominating the bay from a fresh and protected position, a 5min walk from the city center.
Mike did a little masterpiece. I will surely come back.
Michael was a fabulous host. From the very start; offering us a much-needed cold beer after our long bus ride and walk up the steps, giving us detailed suggestions for things to occupy our time, to cooking us a farewell breakfast, he was spot on in attentiveness and kindness. We felt as though we could ask him for anything and he would happily oblige. Just knowing he was nearby was a big comfort. His two children were very polite and sweet as well. The cottage was very clean when we arrived. They are crafted beautifully. We felt so welcomed. Traveler tips: Mango is not for everyone, as Michael states. It can get hot, the shower is VERY cold, lizards and bugs join you inside, and it can feel draining at times. Roosters and dogs wake you every morning starting at 4 am. We enjoyed the rustic ness, adventure, and living as true Jamaican's do- but, if you're keen on luxurious digs you may not want to commit to more than a few days here. If you love camping though, you'll love this even more. We stayed in the very top cottage and the view was stellar and worth the steps: However, it was QUITE a hike. We are both active and in reasonably good shape/health, and it was a rather exhausting trip up each time. We could really only accomplish it once a day, and by the time you get to the top you are absolutely drenched in sweat. If you are out of shape, inactive, or otherwise disabled AT ALL in any way I would not advise the top cottage. I'm not sure what the bathroom situation is like in the other cottages, but in the top cottage the toilet is basically right next to the bed with no curtain, and only a flimsy curtain separating the toilet from the rest of the living space. The top cottage is clearly meant for a couple or one person, so it was OK for us married folks, but for anyone traveling with...say, a friend, or kids, or someone you'd rather not hear or see do all their bathroom business (or feel too rude to ask them to wait in the hammock on the porch as is necessary) then I'd advise seeking out a cottage with a more private bathroom set up. MOSQUITO'S were a big issue for us: My legs were eaten alive the first few nights, even through tights and long socks and pants and the mosquito net. Bring DEET and mosquito coils to burn while sitting outside! (And really, sitting outside after dark at all is ill advised after our experience with the skeeters...) Humidity makes everything damp- and no direct sunlight in the top cottage doesn't help things dry out. I would recommend bringing plastic ziplock style bags to keep things in. Our passports, etc were super wet after the stay due to the humidity. Use Michael's go-to guide for a bamboo raft ride: Jeff was wonderful, informative...
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jack of all trades,master of none.....painter..golfer...builder..landscaper..restauranteur..and parent of 3 young people aged 9,14 and 15.. (website hidden)