We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A mix of good and less good” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Zion Country Beach Cabins

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Save
You added Zion Country Beach Cabins to your Saves list
Zion Country Beach Cabins
Muirton Pen P.A. | Portland, Port Antonio, Jamaica   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 25 Port Antonio B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Amsterdam
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“A mix of good and less good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

First the good: Beautiful settings, great gardens, cabins rustic but adequate (although not very clean), fantastic backdoor tour to Reach Falls, laid back atmosphere and Owen, the very friendly cook.
The less good: We did not feel we were treated like guests but barely tolerated on the propriety. There was no possibility to get anything to drink or to eat for the whole day aside of the 9.00 am breakfast (and when my son asked for 1 more slice of bread he was answered "that's what it is, no more"). The veranda has a beautiful view but without any shade, no music and no bar it is not a place to linger on for very long. When I made a remark about that The owner told me he normally had a bar running but not at this time due to the low occupation grade (our party was occupying 3 of the 5 available accommodations and there were 1 or 2 extra couples during our whole stay, which looks to me like a full place!). There were just too many unsolicited remarks like "I want to party tonight but I have to get up tomorrow for your breakfast", "I hate cooking so I won't do it for you and on Sunday everything is closed here so you'll have to go to Long Beach (20 mn drive) if you want to eat", etc...In the beginning we thought it was meant as a dry kind of humor but after a while it really started to irritate.

All in all we thought Zion Country was the least nice accommodation of the 6 we used all around Jamaica. My advice would be to go 30 mn closer to Port Antonio to San San Tropez, where for a lesser price you will get better accommodation, good food and an equally laid back but far more friendly atmosphere.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
fredericus, Owner at Zion Country Beach Cabins, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
I'm sorry to hear that you didn't feel the right vibration in Zion Country.
I never got the feeling that you was dissatisfied while you was staying in Zion Country.
There is written on our web site that we only offer breakfast & diner and that there no snacks for sale on the property. We are finally a bed & breakfast and we like to support the community were you can buy snacks , drinks etc.
Then its sad that you mix up private talking with business, regarding "i hate cooking" what was not at all in the context that i didn't want to cook for you. And about party/ breakfast, i sad that as a joke.
The bar was closed yes but we had several drinks like beer juices in the fridge by us what was mentioned to you that we have sudden drinks.
Still good to hear that you liked the property and it's surroundings including reach falls.
My apologizes that my words/talking were taken by you in a different context.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

147 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    100
    35
    7
    1
    4
See reviews for
20
70
18
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (14)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Hey Free-I, Owen and Tamara (staff),
We enjoyed to stay at your place. Zion country is a small guesthouse with a big veranda, 4 huts and 1 big room. The garden is gorgeous and well-kept, thanks to Free-I botanic skills. This place looks beautifull, well-kept and the views from the main place are superb. Dutch man Free-I talked a lot with us about life in Jamaica, Cook Owen and Tamara served some great food, dinner was the best that we had in Jamaica (thanks Owen!). From this place you can swim in the sea (pebbled beach) or in the river (Reach River). Local community was friendly and maybe the only thing i can be critical about is the breakfast (toast + jam/cheese and coffee/tea) which to my opinion can have more variety (tropical fruits all around). Free-I hoping all goes a bit better with your shoulder and we enjoyed spending time in your place. And the backdoor tour at Reach Falls was by far our favourite sightseeing trip for Jamaica. Wish you all the best, Jeannette, Tim and Stefan (physical therapist)!

Room Tip: Have a dinner at this place to try cook Owens delicious meals
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Malmo, Sweden
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had a really good time at zion. The surroundings were beautiful, with the river running out inte the ocean just outside your door. And the Reach fall just a short drive or Walk away. Everyone was very helpful and the food was excellent. Would love to to back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dortmund, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful time we had in Long Road! Everybody was so warm and friendly, we felt like we already knew them many years! In Zion Country you get everything you need and Owen cooked the best meals we've had during our whole trip. Zion Country is such a peaceful and perfect place to relax bacause Long Road is a small and quiet community, but you can still walk down to the "main road" and catch a routetaxi and drive to the beaches or bigger cities in the area. Everybody who wants a real and authenitc experience of Jamaica should come by...
We're already working out some plans for our return next year[:)]!!
A big thank you to Free-I, Owen and Tamara!! See you soon!
One Love

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toronto, Canada
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We wanted to stay off the beaten track and stay near Port Antonio. We chose this place because of Reviews. I believe that everyone needs to make their own decisions. Stay there because of the location, not necessarily for the management. We met some great other travellers. The Locals were accepting of visitors.This place is very eco-conscious. Negotiate all terms, prices and conditions beforehand. Owen is a great cook when you get the opportunity to enjoy his food.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Karlsruhe, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The most lovely place around Port Antonio.
Amazing atmosphere and the best beaches (Long Bay, Winnifred Beach, Boston Beach) and the best falls (Reach Falls) are in a short distance to access.
A amazing cool crew and management makes the stay a real pleasure.
Bless up Ray

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Althütte
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

First of all we must say a big thank you to Free-I, Owen and Tamar. They made this special place in Jamaica so unique. If you ever have the possibility to be in Jamaica - stay there at Zion Country. We stood with our twins (4 years old) for nearly 3 weeks. And we all had the best holidays of our life. It was so easy going at ZC, especially with our children. This place is just like paradise. Free-I, the owner is such a nice guy and a very kind and helpful hand. He knows Jamaica and the places, where you should be. And we never will forget our discussions after dinner. The same with these 2 lovely people: Owen and Tamar. Owen, our amiable, jamaican friend and cook, didn't prepared not only so typical jamaican food for dinner, he grilled also for us fresh lobster direct from the carribean sea. Excellent! And the female soul is Tamar. She is such a friendly person. Our kids loved her (and we too). They talk still about Jamaica and Tamar. Next time, they will have more dreadlocks. And they will see the 3 lovely dogs and the small cat from Free-I again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Zion Country Beach Cabins? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Zion Country Beach Cabins

Address: Muirton Pen P.A. | Portland, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Port Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zion Country is a cozy bed and breakfast in the east of Jamaica.Perfect place to relax, laid back style, personal touch and the place to taste the jamaican life style.Very often we get visit from manatees , year round.We offer a lot of trips in the surrounded area from waterfalls to beaches and Blue Mountains. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Zion Country Beach Cabins reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Zion Country Beach Cabins Hotel Port Antonio
Zion Country Beach Cabins Jamaica/Port Antonio

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Zion Country Beach Cabins, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.