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Turtle Beach Towers
Lima, Ohio
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18 reviews
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“Annual Snowbird”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is a great place to stay but it helps to know the program. The condos are owned by private owners. Most are great people and some are only interested in making as much money with as little time and investment as possible. Many owners pay someone else to rent the units for them. The don't know about your experience and don't want to. I highly recommend you rent through the resident manager Mr Lonsdale (876 919 7164). If he's not available leave a number and he will call you back. He manages the entire operation and answers only to the association board. He's been there 25 years and is a man of integrity. He represents various owners and is on site and will take care of any problems. Do not be afraid to barter a bit, sometimes it helps and it is the Jamaican way of doing business. If ANY food bits are left on counters or floor you will positively have ants. After cleaning the problem area they will disappear after some time but you will always see an occasional ant checking to see if you are careless again. When it rains the rivers flow from the hills and bring mud with them. The water normally clears in a few hours. Stay out of the water until it clears. Be polite to the beggars. Most of these are not the druggies and alcoholics you see in some countries. There are few jobs in Jamaica and they pay very poorly. That nicely dressed lady helping you probably lives in a shack in the hills. Some families sleep in shifts so all have a place to lay down. If a disheveled person says they haven't eaten there is a good chance they haven't. Do not feel obligated to give and be patient with the persistent ones, this is their only means of survival. Get Jamaican currency from the cambios and it will be easier to pay for items. The local banks have ATMS and the fees are reasonable. Some ATMS have a choice between US and Jamaican currency. Do not be afraid to walk the main roads at night. There are eyes looking out for you that you do not see. I am a night owl and wander back from downtown late and have never had an incident. That doesn't mean you shouldn't be somewhat vigilant late at night. I drink the tap water and have never gotten ill. I eat from the venders and have never gotten ill. Remember, this is a third world country and you will experience some unpleasantries you haven't run into before. This is what most of the world is like. Relax, don't expect a sanitized world, and go with the flow and you'll have a great time!

Room Tip: Ask first, do NOT stay in a studio!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Trinidad
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

My friend and I visited Jamaica earlier this month and stayed at Turtle Towers from 2-2 to 8-2-2014. We stayed at Tower 1 apt 12 a. Kenita, who is the owner of the apartment was very friendly and accommodating from the inception of our communication to acquire the apartment. The images we saw on-line, is a true representation of the apartment. It is very modern and well kept. The staff assigned, Omar and Millicent were also very accommodating and friendly.

Turtle Towers is also situated in the heart of Ocho Rios, and is in walking distance from hot spots like Margaritaville, Taj Mahal Shopping Centre, Mama Marleys Restaurant & Bar and the Craft Market, where you can get your souvenirs. The location is also relatively close to tourist attractions such as Dunns River Falls and Coyoba Gardens.

My friend and I are both looking forward to vacation there again in 2015 God willing. The island is absolutely beautiful. If you looking for a place that is in heart of all the action that Ocho Rios offers, Turtle Towers, Tower 1 apt 12 a is the place to be and its very cost effective!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Bronx, New York
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12 reviews
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

I been to TBT a few times already and stayed in a few different apartments, so far so good. The apartments are good and the place is safe and the location is perfect right smack in the midst of it all. I will be returning and i would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
1 review
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

I want to start this review by saying that I am a repeat visitor to this apartment. It looks exactly the same from the picture, the apartment is light and breezy and so very close to the beach, actually this apartment block is the closest one to the beach entrance which is steps away. Every time have gone to Ocho Rios, I have stayed at this apartment, and I have traveled with my two young sons who also love the place, this trip I allowed them to roam the grounds which is really safe, there are security at all of the entrance points. I love the location because I really don't want to do the tourist thing and the town is not too far away, but if you like the tourist attractions, there are so many around. Dunns River falls is not too far away from the apt. I highly recommend apt 10B the place is spacious and clean also the owner Teresa is very accessible before and after your trip.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Woodbridge, Virginia
1 review
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

I had the most amazing time in Jamaica for the holidays. I stayed in Turtle Beach towers 41-D from Dec 30th-Jan 7th. What can I say Natalie your little home away from home is just what I needed. I truly did not want to leave. It brought tears to my eyes with the thought of leaving. I will say that I made great new friends and spent time with old ones. I truly became a local and did lots of shopping and cooking for friends at the apartment. Waking up and having breakfast on the beach was the best or spending my night at the Casino or one of the local bars just made my time there that much more fun. I can not wait to come back in April. Looking to see you again Jamaica very soon. Thank you Natalie for all you did to make my stay in Jamaica perfect.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Kingston, Jamaica
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2013

this hotel is "smack" in the town of Ocho Rios, in close proximity to all the fast food restaurants such as KFC and Burger King. Walking distance to the thrilling Island Village where you can find live entertainment and cool Jamaican "keepsakes'. this hotel also has some beautiful luxurious suites, there is a pool to unwind, fresh green grass for picnicking and a private beach reserved just for the valued guest.

Absolutely sensational place to relax for either business or pleasure. Its fit for a single person, smooch for couples, nice for families and suitable for business.

Y'all go out and enjoy TURTLE BEACH TOWERS. I sure did and guess what? In these harsh economic times its one of the most affordable places to be while not sacrificing value for your money.

Room Tip: elevated rooms are quieter due to proximity of the pool with the ground floor.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I stayed in 210E on the 10th floor the room itself is decent...there are ants in the kitchen area just don't leave sweets hanging around...
My Micheal Kors purse was in the closet along with the rest of my belongings and it disappeared after the the housekeeper cleaned up..Luckily my passport and/or money wasn't inside. I don't recommend people stay there unless you want your personal belongings going missing!! When I reported the housekeeper no one seemed to care either....

  • Stayed April 2013
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Property: Turtle Beach Towers
Address: Main Street | PO Box 73, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Turtle Beach Towers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 122
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