Columbus Heights is a private luxury condominium development situated on 14 acres of prime hillside property overlooking the beautiful bay of Ocho Rios (“Ochee,” for short).  Most owners are wealthy Europeans or Kingstonians who spend several months a year in their villas and do not rent to tourists.  At Columbus Heights you will have high security with privacy, and yet you will be a short walk to the centre of all the shopping, touring, and nightlife that Ochee has to offer.

  • 15-minute ride to world-famous Dunn’s River Falls.
  • 5-minute ride to Swim with the Dolphins at Dolphin Cove, one of Jamaica’s newest and finest attractions.
  • 30-minute or less ride to Fern Gully (which was a dried-up riverbed that was converted into part of the island’s highway system), to Shaw Park Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls (known for its extensive collection of unusual plants and exotic flowers), and to a host of other major attractions.
  • short 10-minute walk to the beach at the bottom of the hill, offering scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing, helicopter tours, fishing, and every other manner of water sports.
  • also at the bottom of the hill, Island Village — a shopping and entertainment theme park that houses an amphitheater, lots of great restaurants and shops, and the newest and best Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.
  • don’t forget to check out the Taj Mahal Shopping Centre, where you will find a money exchange, restaurants, and duty-free shopping.

About Ocho Rios

The city of Ocho Rios (“Ochee,” for short) is 60 miles east of Montego Bay on Jamaica’s famous North Coast.  (It is thought that the name “Ocho Rios” is a corruption of “las chorreras,” which is the Spanish for “cascades” or “waterfalls, rather than “eight rivers,” which is the contemporary translation.)  It was once a “sleepy fishing village,” but it has evolved into a thriving and vibrant municipality, with an expansive craft market, duty-free shopping arcades, grocery shops, sidewalk drinking establishments featuring many locally-produced beverages, and lively nightclubs such as the popular Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, which features live local music.  Without question, Ocho Rios is Jamaica’s #1 vacation destination.

Beach Options

A beautiful beach, complete with watersport activities, is a short 10-minute walk from Columbus Heights.  It is located near the Island Village shopping and entertainment theme park.  Watersport activities include:

  • boating
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • windsurfing
  • snorkeling
  • scuba diving
  • sailing
  • fishing

The Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa also has a beautiful beach with chaises longues, a series of pools, a pool bar, and lots of food options.  The hotel charges non-guests a daily rate of US$8.00 per person.  Daily access will be granted 10:30 am – 5:30 pm.  This option is ideal for family use and one that we highly recommend.

Area Activities & Attractions

From Columbus Heights, you are within 15 minutes of:

River rafting, helicopter tours, and golfing are also available.  See the Front Office for further details.

For more information on what to do and where to go in and near Ocho Rios, please click here and here.

 

 

Dining

There is a wide variety of eating-out options located within 10 minutes of the apartment.  Here are a few that we recommend:

  • Evita’s, one of Jamaica’s most well-known haute cuisine restaurants, has excellent Northern Italian fare, has been operating since 1984, and is regularly patronized by both locals and tourists. It sits high on a hill overlooking Ocho Rios.  Call +1 (876) 974-2333 for more information.
  • The Ruins at the Falls restaurant, also a fine dining establishment, that distinguishes itself with an indoor waterfall as a centerpiece flowing from one of the eight rivers of Ocho Rios.  This eating establishment is known not only for its natural beauty but also for exquisite service.  The restaurant serves lunch and dinner.  Call +1 (876) 974-8888 for more information.
  • Ocho Rios Village Jerk Center, which is very informal and where many of the locals gather, is in an open-air setting and serves excellent jerk pork, chicken, and fish selections, all washed down with a cold Red Stripe beer or fresh fruit juices.  Call +1 (876) 974-2549 for opening hours and more information.

Entertainment

  • free nightly shows at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa.
  • the sounds of reggae, of course, are ever present in the air.
  • a 10-minute walk to the bottom of the hill and you are in the Island Village shopping and entertainment theme park.  Located on the beach just minutes away from the cruise ship pier, its picturesque open-air setting, boardwalk, natural spring lagoons, and beautiful flowering trees provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown Ocho Rios.  Inside is an amphitheater, lots of great restaurants and shops, and Jamaica’s newest and best Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.
  • Don’t forget to spend an evening at Ocean 11′s “Watering Hole,” a bar and restaurant known for its nightly karaoke and exciting local beverages and finger foods.  Much local talent has been discovered at this vibrant and popular drinking establishment, which stays open until the “wee” hours of the morning and attracts a wide range of clientele.