Puerto Bueno Mountain is one of the last remaining dry limestone forests in Jamaica, according to the Northern Jamaica Conservation Association, which is seeking to protect the coastal habitat. While no lodging is available on the mountain, there is a handful of beachfront and hillside hotels nearby in Discovery Bay, and further afield throughout the Parish of St. Ann.
Emerald View Resort Villa
Emerald View Resort Villa is a boutique resort located in the community of Greenwood, about half a mile from a white-sand beach. The 17 guest rooms are housed in a large villa overlooking the Caribbean Sea from a hilltop 500 feet above sea level. Guests enjoy unmatched views of the sunrise and sunset from the property, and some of the guest rooms boast ocean views. A swimming pool is provided behind the main house. Services include airport transfers and a range of tour options, including trips to the Luminous Lagoon, rafting on the Martha Brae River and zip-lining through the tropical rain forest.
Hotel Gran Bahia Principe
Hotel Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica is a large all-inclusive beachfront property in Runaway Bay on the north coast of the island, about 15 minutes from the town of St. Ann. In addition to all-suite accommodations and dining at six restaurants, the all-inclusive package covers deck chairs and towel service on the beach and around the three lake-style swimming pools, and daily water sports activities. The hotel includes Pueblo Principe, a shopping center with live entertainment in the evenings. Every one of the hotel's 700 suites has a terrace.
Breezes Rio Bueno
Breezes Rio Bueno is an all-inclusive, 226-room resort hotel designed as a nostalgic replica of an old Jamaican village, complete with cobbled streets, coconut vendors and a town square -- the venue for a nightly Jamaican street party. Guests must be 16 or older; au naturel facilities are provided in a separate part of the resort. Rates cover all you can eat 24 hours a day, premium drinks and a variety of land and water sports including golf at the adjacent nine-hole course, scuba diving and kayaking.
Runaway Bay HEART Hotel
The Runaway Bay HEART Hotel is a quiet and intimate plantation-style property with 56 guest rooms on a plateau in the hills of Cardiff Hall. Every guest room offers views of the sea, best enjoyed from their private balconies. The beach at Runaway Bay and the 18-hole Runaway Bay golf course are both only minutes away by private shuttle or on foot. While at the hotel, guests enjoy use of a swimming pool, sundeck and gymnasium. The on-site Cardiff Hall restaurant serves Jamaican specialties alongside international dishes; the Piano Bar and Tree House Pool Bar offer evening entertainment.
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