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Hostels In Jamaica
Cheap Accommodations For Adventurous Travellers

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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Have you added Jamaica to your list of countries to visit while you go backpacking around the globe? If not you definitely should. All-inclusive resorts would not be a good fit in this case but hostels in Jamaica would be perfect. Here are a few options.

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1. Judy House

Judy House Cottages, Rooms, and Backpacker Hostels are located in Negril and Brighton, in the picturesque Jamaican parish of Westmoreland. The grounds are close to the Caribbean Sea and include gorgeous tropical gardens.

The Judy House specializes in providing a wide range of attractive, self-catering, low-cost accommodations for both international guests and residents of the island.

From luxurious cottages with air conditioning, beautiful ensuite bathrooms, and fully fitted kitchens to modest, cosy backpacker single and double rooms where guests may meet travellers from all over the world.

  • Free WIFI with USB ports in every room
  • A 24/7’s ‘Honesty’ Bar/Cafe/Shop
  • Relaxing Hammock areas
  • Sun terrace with sun loungers
  • Organized tours and visits, plus traveller advice
  • Cheap Airport Transfer Service
  • Free Netflix
  • Outdoor dining areas, both private and communal
  • Hot or cold-water showers
  • An abundance of Jamaica fruits to pick and eat
  • Laundry Services
  • Free Parking

Contact Information

  • Phone: +1 (876) 424 5481
  • Email: ijudyhousenegril@gmail.com

2. Mobay Kotch

This Georgian-style structure, which dates back to the 1760s and was once the home of a wealthy merchant, is known to locals as the "Town House". This red-brick edifice, which has served as a church manse, a synagogue, a hotel, a masonic lodge, and office space, among other things, has been mentioned in travel books as a sight to see in Montego Bay.

However, it is most known as the location of the highly regarded Town House on Church Street. This property is now a national heritage site in Jamaica, and it has been converted into a hostel called MOBAY KOTCH. Perks of staying at this hostel:

  • 10 minutes walk to the beach
  • Located in the heart of downtown Montego Bay
  • Deck, kitchen and laundry
  • 2-minute walk to grocery stores and restaurants
  • Free Wi-Fi

3. Germaican Hostel

The hostel is situated in Northeast Jamaica, not far from Port Antonio, and it takes only 25 minutes to walk to the beach. From the hostel, you have stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Port Antonio's waterfront.

They have been open since 2014. You can choose between shared or double bedrooms, as well as a separate cottage with its own porch.

  • In-house bar with affordable snacks and drinks
  • Complimentary breakfasts
  • Free wifi
  • Bbq facilities
  • Free shuttle service to and from the city, twice daily

Contact Information

Address: Ken Ramsey Drive 1, Portland, Port Antonio

Phone: +1 (876) 866-2222


4. Dancehall Hostel

This hostel offers both private rooms and dormitory accommodations. There is even a separate 3 bedroom suite, perfect for those travelling as a group or family. Here’s some of what they have to offer:

  • Self Catering
  • Outdoor Bar
  • Private Dance Training 
  • Transportation Service
  • Excursion Tours
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Private Rooms
  • 4 beds Dormitory
  • Recording Studio 
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Sweeping Mountain Views

Contact Information

  • Address: Tunbridge Dr, Kingston
  • Phone: +1 (876) 827-6761

5. Porty Hostel

The Porty Hostel is the brainchild of Stefano, the owner and manager, who was born in Genova, Italy.

Stefano aims to provide an overnight service with his hostel at a low cost for the area, replete with all the amenities that a tourist would want to make the most of their vacation in Jamaica, notably in Port Antonio and Portland.

The hostel's common rooms include a large lounge and dining room (with a smart TV and Wi-Fi), a huge and functional kitchen with all the pots and dishes, a laundry area, and two outdoor spaces for moments of leisure, all of which are available to guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are also dormitory rooms and private rooms available.

Contact Information

  • Address: Fairy Hill, Portland
  • Phone: +1 (876) 578-0198

Can you backpack in Jamaica?

When most people think of Jamaica, they don't picture it as a backpacker's paradise. However, you might be astonished to hear that Jamaica is a backpacker's dream. Cheap food and lodging can be found almost anywhere, and hiking in Jamaica is entirely possible!

Are hostels in Jamaica safe?

Hostels are generally very safe, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you have a pleasant time, such as drinking responsibly, being respectful to your roommates, locking your valuables, and packing intelligently. There are several boutique hotel-style hostels accessible nowadays.

Are hostels cheaper than hotels?

Hostels are virtually always more cost-effective than hotels, especially if no loyalty points are involved or you're only staying for a night or two because you normally share a room with other passengers and they are oriented toward younger tourists. A hostel room costs between $20 and $40 per night on average.

Can couples sleep together at hostels in Jamaica?

Hostels do not allow couples to sleep together, nor are they allowed to book two bunk beds in the room. For many hostels, it is illegal to bring anyone else into the rooms.

Here are a few more great suggestions for hostels in Jamaica:

  • Yaad Hostel & Travels- 404 Westgate Hills Blvd, Montego Bay, (876) 519-0081
  • Future Togetherness Hostel- Sugar Mill Rd, Montego Bay, (876) 479-4334
  • Zion High Hostel- Zion Hill, Port Antonio, (876) 407-2063
  • IRIE Vibe'z Hostel- 247 Orchid Ave, Port Antonio, (876) 320-3470
  • Just Next Door- Calabash Bay PA, Treasure Beach, (876) 965-3000

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References & Sources For Hostels In Jamaica

  1. The Judy House, https://www.judyhousenegril.com/  
  2. Mobay Kotch, https://www.mobaykotch.com/book-a-room/rooms/ 
  3. Germaican Hostel, https://www.germaican-hostel.com/  
  4. Amenities | dancehallhostel, https://www.dancehallhostel.com/amenities  
  5. The Rooms | portyhostel, https://www.portyhostel.com/rooms
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