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“Search-Me-Heart ... I'm in love!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Search-Me-Heart
Ranked #6 of 25 Port Antonio B&B and Inns
Montréal
2 reviews
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“Search-Me-Heart ... I'm in love!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

I don't even know where to start ... Search-Me-Heart is THE place to be near Port Antonio! Best value for money ever! The house is splendid, the rooms are perfectly clean and Rosana is a lovely host! We had a wonderful time with Roy- the stepson of Rosana- who made us discover a few secret spots in Drapers! We even had a chance to hang out in a road block party and to eat barracuda! The breakfast- which is included in the price- is delicious and cook with love by Kay! I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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East Thetford, Vermont
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

I have stayed at Search-Me-Heart all three times that I have visited Jamaica. The nearby beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches you could ask for, much more desirable than most in Hawaii, where I lived for eight years. It amazes me that the beaches are not crowded, but most travelers to Jamaica prefer touristy places in Negril and Montego Bay, I guess.

Culture and Rosanna make sure your stay is fun and entertaining. Culture, especially has gone out of his way to make sure that we had a good experience. There are not many places nearby to eat, but Culture would make us meals for a very reasonable price whenever we asked. On my first visit, I had just recently had both knees replaced and could not walk very far. Culture personally took my friend and I to various beaches and made sure I always had a ride to and from anywhere I wanted to go. He even took me to a local party once, which was a hoot! If you are looking for a luxury hotel, you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for an authentic Jamaican experience, I can think of no better place to go.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hamburg
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

We went to Search-Me-Heart just after Negril. This is the opposite, in a great way! No crowds at the perfect beaches, and instead of an big Resort a very unique and beautiful apartment! Rosanna and her crew treated us as family members. They gave us very good information about the area and we spent some nice hours in the little bars with good Reggae music. If you have any problem you can call Rosanna and she will find a way to solve it. After a trip to the Blue Mountains we came back to Search-Me-Heart to enjoy the real Jamaica for some more days! Get there and enjoy it! (PS: Thanks for the flowers you gave to Natalie. We will tell you when Jamaica blooms in Germany!)

Best wishes to Drapers from Natalie and Bastian

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bastian M
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Fleetwood,PA
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

We spent six wonderful days and nights at Search-Me-Heart, a lovely guesthouse in Drapers, Jamaica.

Rosanna Trifogli owns the guesthouse and was our caring and delightful hostess. She was ably assisted by her stepson Roy, who cooked dinners for us and was our guide, and Kay who prepared nice breakfasts everyday and kept our room fresh and clean. The guesthouse and grounds are attractive, and we relaxed on the veranda in the evening listening to crickets and whistling frogs and in the morning watched Bananaquits and butterflies. We were very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Rosanna and Roy took good care of us. Rosanna arranged transportation for us from Ocho Rios to Drapers as well as a chartered drive through the scenic Blue Mountains. She oriented us to the price of things and where we might want to visit locally. She also arranged a birding guide for us. Roy was a wonderful cook. He brought us local fruits. We enjoyed his Akee and Saltfish, Shrimp and Coconut Rundown, Brown Stew Chicken and delicious vegetarian entries made with local yams, potatoes, cabbage, dasheen root and more. Roy was also a superb local tour guide. Our vacation would not have been as informative or fun without him.

Search-Me-Heart is situated a short distance from three of the most exclusive resorts in Jamaica. Birds are plentiful including endemics, and you can walk or take a short taxi ride to numerous beautiful beaches. The town has a safe, lively family feeling. There is a vegetarian stand with great food and juices, a wonderful bakery, a general store, friendly bars and Woody’s delicious eatery. We thoroughly enjoyed socializing with all the people we met.

Whether you are a traveler who likes to emerge yourself in the local culture or someone looking for a quiet, private get-away I would highly recommend Search-Me- Heart. Rosanna and Roy made our stay very memorable. We look forward to returning.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bonn, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We spend 3 lovely weeks at search-me-heart and enjoyed our stay very much. the bedrooms are clean, rosanna is a very helpful and friendly guestkeeper and roy and his friends made this trip a great experience. drapers is a really calm neighbourhood and perfect for people, who try to avoid the hotspots of tourism and want to explore another side of jamaica - especially the beach "winniefred" ( the only beach in this area which is not privatized yet) is worth more than one visit - the view is amazing and you can buy extraordinary jamaican food just in front of the beach.
we would love to come back and relax within this wonderful atmosphere of drapers, rosanna and the boys! thank you so much for this experience!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Marie J
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Barrie, ON
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

I had travelled around the island 18 years ago, and when it came time to plan our next trip, I insisted we go to Port Antonio. We were so happy we did! We have never stayed at a B & B before - always worried it would be too intimate with the other guests versus the anonimity of a large resort. But, we came away feeling like we have new family! Rosanna was an absolutely wonderful hostess, and I so enjoyed our conversations.

The numerous reviews previous to this all attest to the cleanliness, delicious breakfasts, and great beaches. All very important issues! What we really loved was the freedom, the beauty and the friendly warmth of the area. Walking any where was so safe, we even had our 5 year old daughter with us. Taking the local taxis were a great experience, cheap and easy. Passing almost anyone on the road would result in a smile and a "Good Morning" - where does that happen any more?!

I am sorry we missed out on meeting Culture - given the reviews, I was looking forward to it! But his son Roy did an admirable job filling his boots. We had a great curry dinner prepared by Roy, as well as some exclusive tours to some very private areas we would never have found without him. And he was fantastic with our daughter!!

He made arrangements with a couple of friends who proved to be great ambassadors for PA. One lovely young man was Oraine Bunting, who drove us to Reach Falls. He was full of information and conversation along the drive.. He even offered to drive us back to the airport, but we had already made plans. (876) 387-4785.

Speaking of Reach Falls, we had an amazing experience there, as well. Our guide was arranged through Roy (I believe...?) and he was great. We were the only ones at the falls, and he lead us through the path so quickly and easily, and even carried our daughter while doing it. Showed us every step to take so we wouldn't slip. And even got us fresh coconuts on the way out. Don't hesitate to call him to do your tour!! Aston (876) 561-0039

We stayed for 10 days and would have been happy to stay another week! Would love to go back!! I can't say enough about what a great experience this was for us as a family.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SMM_9
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

This guesthouse was a great choice for me and my boyfriend! It is located in a nice and calm neighborhood with friendly locals. Also, it as a nice local feel because there are not a lot of tourists in that area yet. The rooms were simple but clean and well equipped with a ventilator and a mosquito net. The breakfast was very good (great jams and fruit selection) and the service was friendly! The atmosphere at the place is really chill and they have a nice patio in the front with cozy chairs and a hammock!
The staff was willing and pleased to give us directions and suggestions on places to visit! Do go to misses Annes little restaurant which is a 5min walk ....the food is fabulous !
We will come back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lara P
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Property: Search-Me-Heart
Address: Drapers | 10 minutes walk to Frenchman's Cove, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #6 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Port Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Search-Me-Heart is a great value accommodation located in Port Antonio, Jamaica,in an area of uncontaminated beauty. In April 2016 we have completed a total renovations of the building and everything is brand new. This charming guesthouse is surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden. It's situated within walking distance to beaches like Frenchman's Cove, San San and the Blue Lagoon. ... more   less 
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