Come live the life of a local on the beautiful Island of Jamaica. Come share your vacation with a typical Jamaican family and at the same time experience our culture, the magnificent sunny beaches, the reggae music, (the heart-beat of the Island) the exciting night-life and most importantly some of the friendliest people you have ever met.
My husband Richard and I are tour operators who have been involved in tourism for more than thirty years serving in different capacities. We provide airport transfers along with any other transportation needs you may have. Visit our website to see the diversity in the formulation of our many packages and individual tours. We also endorse customized tours, "you create them, we make them happen"!.
Come see Jamaica, the "Pearl of the Caribbean" through the eyes of the local, we will be too happy to show you how!!!
One private bed-room with its own bathroom in a family house setting. All basic amenities are provided. A continental breakfast (coffee or tea with toast) is inclusive, but a full Jamaican breakfast can be provided at an additional cost. (website hidden).
There are route taxis that runs into the town center daily.
Marcia and her husband Richard are excellent hosts. They have a nice, clean house and give you plenty of space to yourself. They are both very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. We were in Ocho Rios to plan a destination wedding, Marcia gave us great input on places to check out and helped us rent a car for getting around when we explained what we wanted to do. Richard is a kind and funny man. He gave a us a quick ride through town to get us bearings and helped us figure out where to eat. He is also full of insight about things to see and do around town.
For those who are light sleepers, keep in mind that there is a lot of sound at night and there is no A/C in the room. Nothing alarming, just dogs and bugs. Having stayed in other similar locations, I slept like a baby. The room was not stuffy, there was good airflow, just warm.
We would highly recommend staying here!
Marcia and Richard were really into integrating and feeling like a local!
As well the house and the rooms were nice and tidy, everywhere possible to go and share the beautiful balcony overlooking the area.
Richard gave me the best suggestios where to go nearby and also through the Blue Mountains to get to Kingston.
Would always return without doubt! Lars
We truly enjoyed staying with the Brooks at their home in Jamaica. Marcia and Richard are both people persons who are very accommodating and warm. We had a private room with bathroom on the first level of their home and would go upstairs in the mornings to enjoy coffee/tea and good conversations with Marcia & Richard. Thank you both for making us feel at home. We would recommend your home to our friends and family.
Jackie & Pierre
Great place to stay, Marcia and Richard are lovely and helpful hosts, Richard (and son) are good guides to take you places in Jamaica, tailored to your interests.
Nice room with a fan, little patio, kitchen and dining area. Be aware that it is not very close to centre of Ocho Rios / beach. Lifts / walking / cheap taxis got us where we wanted to go though. Nice house and surroundings, possibly not ideal for very light sleepers - occasionally noise of dogs barking / cats miaowing / frogs etc / amplified music nearby. Recommended.
I arrived in Jamaica late evening & was met by Richard at the airport. My flight was late but there Richard was patiently waiting. I was offered a beverage & we where on out way. Buy the time I made it to Richard & Marcia's home I felt like I had know Richard forever & on the last day of my stay Marcia & I had wonderful conversations on a multitude of issues. The space is wonderful & given what I paid for it, I would be ungrateful to complain. Large room, private bath, and a dinning area & kitchen as well,just for guests. The place is extremely clean & a little dated...but I would definitely stay there again. U have everything you could need in a very quite area of ocho rios. Best of all...Marcia took care of my craving for curry (email hidden)anks again Marcia! I will definitely see you & Richard again.
We, that is my wife and I booked this accommodation on the strength of its advertising slogan “Live Like A Local” as we really wanted to experience how local Jamaicans lived. Our stay at this accommodation was from 22nd December 2013 to 3rd January 2014 and from day one we were made to feel at home. Marcia’s welcome was very warm and friendly and later on when Richard arrived home he also was similarly welcoming.
Living accommodation comprises of bedroom, sitting room, dining room and kitchen all adequately decorated and furnished; we also had the use of the front patio and garden. We felt completely at home and very comfortable, particularly so with the regular conversations we had with both Richard and Marcia.
Could not have desired better and so we highly recommend this accommodation
Ein Familienhaus zum Wohlfühlen. Hier wird man nicht als Gast sondern als Familienmitglied begrüsst.
Es war eine tolle Zeit bei euch!! Herzlichen Dank !!
Steffen & Doro
Richard and Marcia have a lovely home which we were honored to stay in. Richard went above and beyond to make sure we felt settled and more importantly 'lived like a local'. He took us to a great authentic restaurant in town for some yummy food and we talked the hours away on their balcony overlooking a lovely playing field full of children enjoying themselves. Their home was very clean and just perfect for us.
Our stay (6 nights) with Marcia and Richard was fantastic! They are wonderful people and we felt very comfortable staying with them. They picked us up downtown when we arrived with our shuttle and both our room and bathroom were spacious and clean. Their home is a bit out of town, but you can easily take a route taxi and also the hosts are happy to give you a ride downtown. The room has no AC, but there is a big fan. Marcia provided a great breakfast every morning consisting of coffee, toast (with guava jelly) as well as fried plantains or fresh pineapples. Richard took us on a tour to Nine Miles and some other places around Ocho Rios. He is an extremely knowledgeable and funny person. We highly recommend this place and we would definetely stay here again.
Living Like a Local is exactly what you get when you stay with Marcia and Richard Brooks. They are amazing people and wonderful hosts. Me and my girlfriend wanted to save a few dollars so we can do some really cool tours and serendipoutlusly ran across their airbnb listing.
Richard is a pro when it comes to private tours so definitely ask them about tours you want to do. Richard drove us through the Blue Mountains for coffee, Bob Marley's house in Kingston, Blue Hole in Ochi Rios, Dunn's River Falls, 9 Mile (Bob Marley's childhood hometown).
I've been to Jamaica a couple of times and he's the best tour guide I've had by bar. He loves his beloved country of Jamaica and he loves showing people everything they want to learn and experience while there.
Marcia is a sweetheart of a woman and saw to it that me and my girlfriend ate a solid Jamaican breakfast each morning before we took off for long day trip adventures.
If you guys are looking to truly live like a Jamaican and enjoy good company and (email hidden)ok your stay with Marcia! At night, we would unwind on Richard and Marcia's beautiful veranda and have a couple rum punches and talk about everything. They are wise, curious, and open-minded people...and genuinely want to connect with their guests.
Their rooms are clean, have ACs, cable TV, wifi, screened windows (very important).
All in all, we hope to visit them again and soon too!