I’m guessing that if you are looking for hotels in Discovery Bay Jamaica, you are probably attending a wedding or family reunion in Discovery Bay and want to stay close by. Or maybe you have heard of the area and figure you will give it a try on your next trip to Jamaica. Good choice, by the way.
Based on searches on Google or Trip Advisor, you would believe that there are hotels in Discovery Bay Jamaica.
You would be wrong.
There are none! Exactly zero.
The only resort or hotel in Discovery Bay Jamaica, Portside Resorts, closed well over 10 years ago. Bay Vista Village, which was more of a condo or apartment style resort, on the outskirts of Discovery Bay, also closed to tourism. Shockingly, both of these properties still come up on Trip Advisor with reviews, albeit from 2004..
On top of that, if you go to Hotels.com, Expedia, or even do a Google search specifically for “hotels in Discovery Bay Jamaica”, you will get misleading results. Many of the properties that come up are not even anywhere near Discovery Bay but for some reason, the search algorithm allows them to show up in searches for Discovery Bay.
The truth is large hotels, thankfully, never took hold in Discovery Bay Jamaica. This is really remarkable given the oversupply of hotels, all inclusives and non-all-inclusives alike, all over the North Coast of the island.
Tourist development in Discovery Bay took the form primarily of staffed vacation rentals or villas, as they are called in Jamaica. Many wealthy Jamaicans have their weekend homes in this area. There is even an area called Millionaire’s Row, which is home to some high-demand, high priced, beachfront homes.
More recently, AirBnB has made it easier for many locals to jump into the tourism industry resulting in homestays and apartments popping up from time to time.
So don’t bother looking for hotels in Discovery Bay Jamaica online. There aren’t any hotels that are directly in Discovery Bay.
But, there are some nice hotels just outside of Discovery Bay.
Fortunately, Discovery Bay is a small town so these hotels are easily accessible within a few minutes drive.
Located in Rio Bueno, Melia Braco reopened in 2016/2017 under new management and after much renovation. The 4.5 star beachfront resort has 232 rooms and, unlike most other massive resort establishments on the island, is only three stories high. The property is all-inclusive and accepts children. There are 7 restaurants.and 2 pool-side bars and two tennis courts. Melia Braco is less than 5 minutes from our villa, Mais Oui Tennis & Spa Villa and under 10 minutes from the center of Discovery Bay. Check out the website for Melia Braco Village here.
Located about 5 minutes from Discovery Bay’s town center and 10 minutes from Mais Oui, Grand Bahia is the closest hotel east of Discovery Bay. The property is massive with 850 rooms, 5 restaurants, 7 bars or lounges, an indoor pool plus three outdoor pools. The all-inclusive 3-3.5 star property accepts kids and has an onsite water park. Check out the website for Grand Bahia Principe here.
Just adjacent to Grand Bahia is the 4.5 star Luxury Bahia Principe – Don Pablo Collection, which is the pricier, all-inclusive, adults-only section of the hotel. Check out the website for Luxury Bahia Principe Jamaica here.
Sure there are. Discovery Bay is about 45 minutes east of Montego Bay and about 30-35 minutes west of Ocho Rios. There are many other hotels, of varying quality, within a short drive to either the east or the west, but those three hotels listed are the closest ones to Discovery Bay.
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