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This is the exact view from sitting on our balcony. It's postcard-perfect!

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  • Pets considered:No
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Ocho Rios townhome description

In this volatile economy, we are managing to keep our prices very low so that more people can enjoy what we consider to be a little bit of paradise. But don't be fooled by our low prices. We may not be considered one of the 'luxury villas', but you will be more than comfortable. Plus, when you arrive the fridge and kitchen can be pre-stocked with food and drinks for you. And when you return to the Birdcage after a full day at the beach each day, Novlet will have made the whole place spotless for you, including doing your laundry and folding it onto your bed for you. You have cable TV, lots of DVDs, wireless internet, and just about all the other important amenities the more expensive places offer. So you are pampered enough, plus you have the freedom to enjoy your vacation the way that you want to.

At the bottom of this webpage there is a link to our website where it says 'Click Here for More Information'. Click on it now so that you can see tons of pictures of our place and of Ocho Rios. Even if you don't end up renting from us, you're going to find the website very useful and interesting. If you can't see the whole website, try disabling your 'cookies' or emailing us directly and we'll give you the URL address. The website has wonderful detailed information about the Birdcage and about Ocho Rios in general, plus it has some great Frequently Asked Questions that should help you in your decisions about where to stay, when to travel, etc. You'll find our website very helpful even if you don't end up renting from us. When you email us, we're excellent about responding within 24 hours.

If you're on Facebook, check out our page called Birdcage #2 Ocho Rios. You'll see some quick (under a minute) videos of each room of the house.

There have been significant improvements to the infrastructure of the island of Jamaica, making it faster and easier to travel from town to town. Now is a great time to check it out! Like the US, they are having recession worries. In September of '08, US$1 bought JA$72, more or less. In November of 2010, US$1 bought JA$85. As of January 2013, it's up to 90 or more. That makes now a good time to go!

As we update this VRBO page in late January '13, our most recent trip to the Birdcage was in October of '12. As always, we made some improvements to the place. This time, we re-finished the master bedroom floor. Other recent improvements from the past few years: we repainted the kitchen, bought a new gas stove (better than electric!), bought a generic 'iHome' for playing MP3's and ipods, and did several other minor improvements. Our 'Things to Do' booklet that we have out for guests is now over 50 pages long, and chock full of great advice, pictures, phone numbers, and more. The more often we go there, the more people we meet. Therefore, the more we learn about the island! And not only have WE made improvements on the inside of our villa, the gardener and management have made improvements on the outside as well. We know you will love staying there!

First off, the view from the villa is unbelievable. The picture with the great view was taken while sitting on our balcony, yet it looks like a postcard. The villa is set into a hill approximately 1 or 1.5 miles up from the main part of town (where Turtle beach and the exciting Main Street are), making it a convenient -- yet still private -- place to vacation. We share an inground pool, a gardener, and beautiful landscaping with the 4 other Birdcage villas next to us. But usually when you visit the pool, you have it all to yourself!

With the rental comes a private housekeeper from 10-4 every single day except Sundays and holidays, a wonderful property manager, and arrangements can even be made to pre-stock the kitchen with the food and drinks you want. You will be greeted when you arrive, shown around, and given the keys. How great is it to wake up each day to this view?! And then to spend each day any way you want, without the hustle and bustle of other hotel guests and without the boring rows and rows of identical rooms?! When you email us, we'll make sure you've also seen our private website so that you can see/read a lot more about our place.

Great for couples, singles, families, and friends! Fishermen, adventure seekers, relaxers, extroverts, introverts, and everyone else! Spacious and inviting! Tons of closet and cabinet space for you! In town, the beaches are gorgeous, the food is great, the casino is open 24/7, there is Margaritaville and plenty of other fun bars and restaurants, Dunn's River Falls, Dolphin Cove, the zipline and bobsled rides at Mystic Mountain Rainforest, Shaw Park Gardens, great golf at area resorts, fun marketplaces, awesome water sports, tons of excursions to choose from, Bob Marley's house, Fern Gully, and so much more!

The unit itself is large, with a big master bedroom and master bathroom; a smaller guest bedroom and guest bathroom; a complete kitchen; a spacious living/dining room area with TV, DVD, CD player, a large collection of DVD movies (about 200 now!), board games, desk, dining room table for 4-6; a balcony with table and chairs for 4; all the linens and toys you will need for the beach, bed, bath, kitchen, and dining room; air conditioning and fans in the bedrooms; fans in the living/dining room and kitchen.

The master bedroom has a king bed, the guest bedroom has 2 twins (which can be made up as a king), and we have two cots with twin sized mattresses that can be put in the master bedroom or living room. With all the amenities and comfort, you may never want to leave the house! But, in case you do, we've set out a book we've made for our guests with activity suggestions and phone numbers for you.

Our place is not a gated community, nor is it part of a 24-hour security compound. It's a 'real' place in a 'real' neighborhood, giving you a glimpse of some 'real' life, while also still giving you all the comforts and perks you could want!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Keywords: Villa, condo, condominium, townhouse, town house, apartment, house

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Townhome

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                At least one person should be 25+ unless there is a special circumstance that we agree to....moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                You'll want to hold their hands on the way to the pool as the staircase is steep. ...moreless

              • Smoking Allowed:

                Only outside. (balcony is ok)....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

              • Master Bedroom: 1 king

                Enough floor space for setting up cot(s) if needed. ...moreless

              • Guest Bedrooom: 2 twin/ single

                Beds can be pushed together and made up as a king....moreless

              • Convertible bed(s): 2 twin/ single

                Two twin-size cots....moreless

              • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) Two twin beds are in the guest bedroom and can be pushed together and made up as a King. There are two more twin-sized cots that can be rolled out and used when necessary. Both bedrooms have a/c and ceiling fan. Master bedroom has TV. Master bedroom has 2 armoire units (for hanging clothes and folding clothes). Guest bedroom has a closet and drawers. Master Bedroom has a sitting area and a nice view. Guest bedroom has its own egress to outside....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Master Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Lots of storage space, travel hairdryer, mirrors....moreless

              • Guest Bathroom: toilet, shower

                Small but still good cabinet space....moreless

              • The master bathroom is off of the master bedroom and has ample counter space and storage space, as well as windows that open to a nice view. The guest bathroom is off of the guest bedroom suite and is small but completely adequate....moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                Kitchen is fully stocked with plenty of dishes, cookware, utensils, appliances, counters, double sink, ceiling fan, windows that open to a little garden and the front street....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                There is always some stuff in the pantry, such as ziplocs, food wraps, some spices, some tea, some coffee, some filters, etc....moreless

              • Dining:

                The dining area has a round table with 4 chairs, although 6 people could fit. The balcony has a square table with 4 chairs....moreless

              • Catering Available:

                For an additional fee, we can pre-stock the kitchen with the drinks and food you require....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Plenty of cookware, bakeware, dishes, utensils, etc. ...moreless

              • Stove:

                Gas stove/oven. New as of 2011....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                More than you will ever need....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                New as of 2012....moreless

              Amenities

              • Living Room seats 5:

                The living room has a couch, 2 chairs, a TV, DVD player, CD player, iHome player, a coffee table, a floor fan, ceiling fan, and over 200 DVDs....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Guests who rent a vehicle can park it right outside the front door on the edge of the road. It's not a lot of room but it's what we all do....moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                In both bedrooms. There are also ceiling fans in each bedroom as well as in the living room and kitchen....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Housekeeper has access to the washer. She will do your laundry....moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                Sheets, towels, table cloths, beach towels, cloth napkins, etc....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Housekeeper has access to the dryer. She will do your laundry....moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Bath towels, kitchen towels, beach towels....moreless

              • Iron & Board

              Entertainment

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Several movie channels like HBO and Encore, as well as basic channels and specialty ones like TNT, USA, Headline News, etc....moreless

              • Music Library:

                Several CDs for you to enjoy. You can bring some of your own! Plus there's an MP3/Ipod stereo player as well....moreless

              • Television:

                We have another TV in the master bedroom that shows whatever channel is already selected on the living room TV....moreless

              • Video Library:

                About 200 DVD movies (with synopses to help you choose). Or you can bring some of your own!...moreless

              • Games:

                Monopoly, cards, dice, and a few other board games that people have left there for us....moreless

              • Books:

                A growing selection of take-one/leave-one books....moreless

              • Toys:

                Some balls, masks, fins, goggles, snorkels, etc....moreless

              • Stereo:

                An iHome....moreless

              • DVD Player
              • CD Player

              Communications

              • Telephone:

                The landline phone can receive incoming calls and has accessible voicemail. Outgoing calls must be local only, unless guest is using a calling card. We supply a cell phone for your use while there....moreless

              • Mobile Phone:

                A Jamaican cell phone is provided for guests to use. Guests can add minutes to it very easily. Compared to the US, it's quite inexpensive to use it for long distance (and local of course)....moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Since 2009 we have wireless at the Birdcage. We supply the password in our 'Things to Do' book in the living room....moreless

              • Internet:

                Wifi. If you don't have wifi, just connect to the modem....moreless

              Pool & Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    The scenic inground pool is shared by the other 4 'Birdcage' units, but you're likely to have it all to yourself! It's located down a staircase and has a beautiful view of the ocean. Picnic area, too....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    The whole Birdcage structure is surrounded by well-kept flora, including breadfruit, palms, almond trees, and much more. Very colorful and beautiful. Juici the gardener takes care of it for us....moreless

                  • Balcony:

                    Located off the living room, the balcony has a table with 4 chairs and an incredible view of the ocean, beach, and town. It has a roof and it has safety latticework walls....moreless

                  • Boat:

                    We don't offer a boat, but you can certainly get on a boat at the beaches --- glass bottom, deep sea, snorkeling, booze cruises, kayaks, and more....moreless

                  • Tennis:

                    We don't offer tennis, but it can be found nearby at Mystic Resort (formerly known as Crane Resort) or perhaps the hotels....moreless

                  • Water Sports Gear:

                    We have a good supply of kids' and adults' masks, snorkels, goggles, fins, etc. You can also rent them at the beach....moreless

                  • Golf:

                    We don't offer it, but hotels like Sandals do and you can pay to play there....moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    We don't offer kayaks or canoes, but you can see such boats at the beach....moreless

                  • Garden Chairs:

                    6...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Family
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                  • Beach View:

                    Birdcage is 1.5 miles from the beach, but has a great view due to it's higher elevation....moreless

                  • Water View:

                    Birdcage is 1.5 miles from the beach but has a great view due to its elevated position....moreless

                  • Ocean View:

                    Birdcage is 1.5 miles from the beach but has a great view due to its elevated position....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Tennis
                  • Rafting
                  • Fishing
                  • Cycling
                  • Parasailing
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Swimming
                  • Golf
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Hiking
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Sailing
                  • Medical Services
                  • Laundromat
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Duty Free Shops
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Cinemas
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Jet Skiing
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Base Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $150
                  $896
                  Low Season - but not Aug/Sept
                  Apr 15 - Dec 14
                  2 night min stay
                  $125
                  $800
                  High Season - not incl. xmas
                  Dec 15 - Apr 14
                  2 night min stay
                  $150
                  $900

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Additional Fees and Taxes:

                  In addition to our rates above for low and high season, we also charge only US$700/week during August and September and we increase our rates to $1000/week when the rental includes Xmas or New Year's.

                  Additionally, we charge a refundable US$200 security deposit.

                  Housekeeping is included, but you must pay a tip to the housekeeper. Generally it is 8-15% of whatever your rental costs.


                  Notes:

                  We have a "payment + cancellation policy" we send to interested renters. You would pay 50% of the rental rate to secure the reservation, then the remaining balance (as well as the $200 sec. deposit) is payable up until 14 days before the rental dates begin. We take Paypal, bank checks, money orders, and we're willing to take a personal check if it is given to us early enough to clear properly.


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                  Location

                  80 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Sangster Int'l (aka MBJ)
                  1.5 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Turtle Beach (aka Ocho Rios beach)
                  Ocho Rios
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Oceans on the Ridge
                  Ocho Rios
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Oceans on the Ridge

                  Car: Recommended

                  The Birdcage #2 is located on a hillside that looks out over downtown Ocho Rios and the beach. It's also next to Shaw Park Botanical Garden, one street above Oceans on the Ridge restaurant/bar, a few streets below Coyaba Gardens, and one street to the side of Evita's Italian restaurant. It's 1.5 miles down the hill to the main part of town, where Main Street is. Main Street runs through the heart of Ochi, starting at Fisherman's Village and Margaritaville. East from there, along about 1-1.5 miles of road, you can find the main beach, many restaurants, the casino, tons of stores, supermarkets, and the craft market. West of Margaritaville, in less than 5 minutes' drive, you find Island Hoppers helicopter tours, Dunn's River Falls, Mystic Mountain, and Dolphin Cove. A few minutes more and you're at Scotchies famous jerk chicken. Farther east than the craft market on Main Street, you can find more beaches. There's Mahogany Beach about a mile away, Reggae Beach another 10 minutes farther, and then 15 more minutes away is James Bond Beach in Oracabessa next to the Golden Eye resort.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2004

                  About the owner: We are Carl and Teresa Obin from Massachusetts. We met at work and began dating back in 2000. Carl is a maintenance man at a private school and I used to be a middle school Spanish teacher and soccer + lacrosse coach at the same school. We got married 2 years later (in Montego Bay, Jamaica!) and then bought the Birdcage in '04. That's the same year I left my job after 11 years so that I could become a massage therapist, which gave me the flexible schedule we needed so that we could begin to vacation together more and more. Both of us are of the philosophy that no one will be writing on our gravestones that we wish we had spent more time at work! We are at our happiest when we are in Ocho Rios, and not one single day goes by that we don't talk about Jamaica and our Birdcage.

                  Why the Owner Chose Ocho Rios:
                  The first time Carl and I took a vacation together, we had planned to go to Aruba. But Aruba was too pricey for us, so our travel agent let us know that Jamaica is a much cheaper destination. So we went in '01 to a hotel in Montego Bay and absolutely fell in love with the weather, the beaches, and the vibe. The next year, we returned to MoBay and got married there. On the day our families left, we sipped champagne from our hotel balcony and watched the sunset and then the idea hit us: hey, we could do this. We decided that even though we were just a maintenance man and a teacher, without much income or savings, we were determined to make it work. We spent one year emailing back and forth with the realtor in Jamaica, narrowing down our choices based on location, price, neighborhood, and more. So when we returned to that hotel the next winter for our vacation, we spent a few days checking out the properties that interested us. When we entered the Birdcage for the first time, it took our breath away. The view was heart-stopping, and suddenly we knew we were home. It's the perfect place for us. We would not have been happy in a hotel-like condo with cookie cutter set ups. At the Birdcage, Carl feels perfectly comfortable taking out his saw, drills, and other tools, and spending the afternoon on a project. We're pretty sure neighbors in a condo community wouldn't appreciate that! But the Birdcage is so unique. The fact that there are just 5 units, they are spacious, the pool is perfect, the people are so neighborly and real, the weather is great, etc., we just couldn't be happier. It's doubtful we would have made the friends and connections we've made if we had bought any other kind of place. We love it! Can you tell?

                  The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
                  The Birdcage offers the perfect combination of convenience (just 1.5 miles to downtown, where everything from beaches to stores to restaurants to attractions are) and privacy. You can make yourself right at home in a way that's just not possible at a hotel. The kids don't have to whisper, you can spread your stuff out, etc. We have so many supplies for you that a hotel just won't have --- masks, snorkels, beach towels, koozies, coolers, games, movies, and on and on. You can make it a really low-budget vacation by bringing the coolers to the beach, using public transportation instead of taxis or rental cars if you want, eating dinner in, and using the pool a lot. Or you can splurge and hire a cook, use taxis and private drivers to go everywhere, go out to dinner, and hit every attraction around. You can hide from reality and just stay on the balcony or at the pool, or you can make friends with the neighbors. We hope you get to experience the Birdcage as well!


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                  Photos

                  • This is the exact view from sitting on our balcony. It's postcard-perfect!

                    This is the exact view from sitting on our balcony. It's postcard-perfect!

                  • The living room. You can see the racks of DVDs. The slider is to the left.

                    The living room. You can see the racks of DVDs. The slider is to the left.

                  • The pool. There are 4 lounge chairs, plus a picnic area with a table/benches.

                    The pool. There are 4 lounge chairs, plus a picnic area with a table/benches.

                  • A shot of the kitchen. It has everything you'll need!

                    A shot of the kitchen. It has everything you'll need!

                  • The master bedroom, as well as a peek at the view and a peek of the bathroom.

                    The master bedroom, as well as a peek at the view and a peek of the bathroom.

                  • Half of the countertop of the master bathroom.

                    Half of the countertop of the master bathroom.

                  • The guest bedroom (twin beds can be pushed together and made up as a king).

                    The guest bedroom (twin beds can be pushed together and made up as a king).

                  • The guest bathroom.

                    The guest bathroom.

                  • This is a side glance at all 5 of the Birdcage units.

                    This is a side glance at all 5 of the Birdcage units.

                  • Reggae Beach.

                    Reggae Beach.

                  • Dunn's River Falls. A must-do. Only 5 minutes away by car.

                    Dunn's River Falls. A must-do. Only 5 minutes away by car.

                  • This is a picture of the 5 Birdcages taken from the beach. See the 5 peaks?

                    This is a picture of the 5 Birdcages taken from the beach. See the 5 peaks?

                  • This is the living room. You can see the slider to the balcony off to the left.

                    This is the living room. You can see the slider to the balcony off to the left.

                  • The stairway down to the pool at the Birdcage.

                    The stairway down to the pool at the Birdcage.

                  • Even the Birdcage pool has a terrific view!

                    Even the Birdcage pool has a terrific view!

                  • Master bedroom is large and airy with ample closets, a/c, TV, and a view.

                    Master bedroom is large and airy with ample closets, a/c, TV, and a view.

                  • The master bedroom. You can see the armoires and a little bit of the TV.

                    The master bedroom. You can see the armoires and a little bit of the TV.

                  • The shower/tub portion of the master bathroom.

                    The shower/tub portion of the master bathroom.

                  • The guest bedroom, made up as a king, and an alternate exit.

                    The guest bedroom, made up as a king, and an alternate exit.

                  • This is the street side (as opposed to ocean view side) of Birdcage #2.

                    This is the street side (as opposed to ocean view side) of Birdcage #2.

                  • A picture at Turtle Beach (the beach you see in the view from the balcony).

                    A picture at Turtle Beach (the beach you see in the view from the balcony).

                  • James Bond Beach.

                    James Bond Beach.

                  • The view of the other Birdcage balconies, taken from our balcony.

                    The view of the other Birdcage balconies, taken from our balcony.

                  • The view, as the sun begins to set.

                    The view, as the sun begins to set.

                  VRBO #45548

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                  Date last modified - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

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