Show Your Family the Real Jamaica
Our Luxury Vacation Rental Villas in Jamaica, Ocho Rios, located along the island’s beautiful northern coast. Here is where you’ll find all the beautiful beaches, attractions and family activities for which Jamaica is famous.
But sometimes, when you go to a tourist destination, you only see other tourists. And that’s before the cruise lines dock! But at Villa Serenity, our own slice of Island heaven, we not only provide your family with a personal vacation home experience – along with a pool, balconies, garden and caring professional staff – we offer you a chance to see the real Jamaica. For example,
Eat local. When you start with the best ingredients, you’re on the right path. Every meal that Chef Shamel makes is a delicious symphony of locally sourced ingredients: sweet tropical fruit, savory vegetable dishes, jerk chicken and fresh-caught seafood. (Tip: Children can be finicky eaters, but Chef has an answer to that – bananas! Just one taste of his banana cinnamon pancakes will have them asking for more.)
If you are more than a little interested in Jamaican food, Chef Shamel can take you shopping, where he’ll show you how to judge the ripeness of fruit, the freshness of seafood, and more. Back at Villa Serenity, he’ll demonstrate a variety of techniques for preparing a meal of culinary excellence. Which you’ll then sit down and enjoy, along with your family and friends. Adults can enjoy Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee or a delicious Jamaican rum. Or both!
Explore Jamaica’s natural beauty. Villa Serenity is surrounded by the most beautiful gardens and landscaping. This is because Brian, our Head of Maintenance and Groundskeeping, is a perfectionist! If you are interested in horticulture, please feel free to ask Brian to take you on a tour of the property, and point out the indigenous trees, flowers, and herbaceous borders, along with their history and properties.
Of course, one of Jamaica’s most famous natural attractions is nearby 600-foot Dunn’s River Falls. Water splashes down large boulders into shallow pools of the Falls, and it’s an easy hour-long climb for the entire family (seven is the minimum recommended age for this activity). You can drive there, but many families opt to cruise over on the 65-foot Chukka Catamaran Dunn’s River Falls & Party Cruise, which leaves from Chukka Cove Llandovery daily. (Note: It can get rowdy on the way back, with the Rum and Dance party.) It’s also possible to enjoy the 40 acres of Chukka cove activities, which include zip lining, horseback riding, swimming, and many other activities. Whichever activity you decide, as guests of Villa Serenity, you will receive a 10% discount.
Beach! Beach! Beach! Nearby Puerto Seco Beach is a place for locals and tourists alike. Popular Puerto Seco Beach reopened in 2018, following an overhaul that refreshed the 10-acre recreational area. It now features pristine white sand, lapped by the turquoise waters of Discovery Bay, as well as lifeguards keeping a vigilant eye out for distressed bathers.
Legend has it that Christopher Columbus sailed into “Discovery Bay” and landed in Jamaica on this beach in 1494. Not that he would recognize it today, now that it’s the closest thing to an amusement park! Among its many amenities, Puerto Seco boasts a 150-foot-long pool, beach huts, and private cabanas, water sports (including a PADI 5 Star Facility), and a restaurant and a bar.
Kids will love the new floating water park with slides, rock climbing walls and trampolines – and lots of other kids enjoying themselves. For a comfortable day on the beach, families can rent a cabana to get out of the sun and relax together with a picnic (ask Chef). If you didn’t bring a picnic, there’s a restaurant with kid-friendly burgers and french fries, as well as fresh fish and other delicacies for adults. There’s frequently a DJ cooking up a vibe at the restaurant, and some interesting mixed cocktails at Pub Picasso.
The cost for the Puerto Seco Beach Club is usually US20 for adults, US$10 for children ages 5–11 (under 5 are free), guests at Villa Serenity can enjoy the Club for free! In 2019, a Dolphin Discovery opened at Puerto Seco Beach Club and is understandably popular with kids of all ages. Activities are available, starting at US99. Tip: Arrive on a day when there are no cruise lines in port for a less chaotic experience.
These are just a few Jamaican adventures that you can indulge in with your family, starting from your “base camp” at Villa Serenity. (Of course, these are many more, but chances are you’ll want to be at the beach more than once.) Once you’re ready, call us today at (401) 284-9091 or BOOK HERE RIGHT NOW. With Villa Serenity, your family can have the best vacation ever!
Enjoy your North Coast Ocho Rios getaway ~
Looking for a hotel alternative? Check our own oceanview Villas along the incredible Ocho Rios beach shore. Owner-operated and cared for with love, we’ve been offering our Jamaica Villa rentals to visitors since 2006!