Canoe Cove on the Beach

Caribbean / Jamaica / Ocho Rios

In the 1950’s, Kingston attorney Clinton Hart happened onto this remarkable 3-acre waterfront location, bought it and built a simple beach cottage for his family. Through four generations, Canoe Cove has been a beloved family home, virtually unembellished. In 2015, Hart’s grandson replaced the worn cottage with a new sort of architecture, straightforward, uncomplicated and loaded with thoughtful comforts and essentials to redefine luxury in a beachy, barefoot lifestyle.

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  • 7-bedroom contemporary beachfront villa on three private acres
  • 8-1/2 bathrooms
  • Located on Old Fort Bay, 5 minutes west of Ocho Rios
  • Full staff: chef & assistant cook, butler, housekeepers, personal laundress, gardener, pool & beach man
  • Junior Olympic-size swimming pool:  3 competition lanes, 75’ long
  • 2 sun shelves with loungers connected to the main pool
  • Child-friendly:  shallow pool entry and oversize sandbox on the lawn above the beach
  • Paddle boards & kayaks (life jackets provided for adults & children)
  • Har-Tru green clay tennis court:  the only Har-Tru court on Jamaica’s north coast (rackets provided)
  • 5-hole 1,300-sq-ft graded synthetic turf putting green & sand bunker (putters & wedges provided)
  • Private gym:  SOLE recumbent stationary bike, PRO-FORMA treadmill, bench & weights
  • Private massage room next to the gym
  • 1/4-size basketball court
  • Independent Pickle Ball court, rackets & balls provided 
  • Hot tub for 10
  • Live reef 50 yards out, more reefs beyond (snorkels provided)
  • Air-conditioned TV room with comfy seating
  • SmartTV in all 7 bedrooms
  • Large thatch roof gazebo & bar for al fresco meals, sunset cocktails or just hanging out
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Max occupancy is 14 guests regardless of age

Here is a dream come true for the three-generation family whose wish list of individual requirements includes copious space for togetherness; intimate space to take a nap, finish a novel or have a massage; sporting options to satisfy restless cravings for activity and the stimulation of competitive sports; and spacious dining areas when those other cravings kick in and your chef rings the bell that signals time for another long, leisurely, luscious meal.  In short, make your multi-faceted wish list and take a look at Canoe Cove.

The 200’ beach ranges in width from the sea wall to surf from 15’ in high tide to 30’ in low tide, varying with weather patterns.  For joggers or strollers, the extended beach length is approximately 1,000 feet.  The uninterrupted view extends all the way to the horizon, punctuated a few times each week by tall white cruise ships drifting silently across your view toward the harbor. 

Canoe Cove encourages a relaxed, un-fussy vacation with an abundance of sporty options balanced with as much pure relaxation as anyone could want.  The location is amazing. The service is excellent. The villa itself is stylish without pretense or overstatement, uncluttered, and totally livable.  Inside, textures of exotic woods establish a grounded, organic ambiance as a backdrop against stylish furnishings.  Cedar, Jojoba, Honduran pine, marble, coral stone, and natural cement floors are cool under bare feet.  Finishes of reclaimed teak and driftwood echo the Caribbean venue.  Decorating a hallway is a whimsical 6’ pendant lamp made entirely of old magazines and looking remarkably like bark.  Across the lawn, supporting structures of the gazebo are purloined telephone poles with bamboo-clad bases.  Delicate orchids cultivated on-site contrast with other natural materials and adorn most rooms.

For tennis buffs who want to bring their own pro from home, on-site sleeping accommodations can be arranged and the villa staff will look after this guest.  Nannies from home may sleep in the child’s room.


Downstairs – 4 bedrooms

Bedroom 1
King-size bed, queen sofa bed, en-suite bathroom with deep tub + open-air shower, opens to patio. All bedrooms have a SmartTV.

 Bedroom 2
King-size bed, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, opens to patio. All bedrooms have a SmartTV.

Bedroom 3
King-size bed, queen sofa bed, en-suite bathroom with deep tub + open-air shower, opens to patio. All bedrooms have a SmartTV.

Bedroom 7

2 Queen-size beds with en-suite bathroom with small walk-in shower. This bedroom is ideal for children as it is adjacent to bedroom 1, also suitable for adults, with no patio or balcony. All bedrooms have SmartTV.

Upstairs - 3 bedrooms

Bedroom 4
King-size bed, en-suite bathroom, opens to a balcony. All bedrooms have a SmartTV.

Bedroom 5
King-size bed, en-suite bathroom, opens to a balcony. All bedrooms have a SmartTV.

Bedroom 6
King-size bed, en-suite bathroom queen sofa bed, opens to a balcony. All bedrooms have a SmartTV.

Combining bedrooms 1, 2, and 7 creates a convenient family suite, each bedroom door being a few steps from the next.

Child Friendly
The swimming pool has a shallow entry for toddlers, a man-made sandbox big enough for everyone, a nearby outdoor shower, and a grassy yard for lawn games.  Kayak life jackets come small-medium-large.

Additional Information

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Groceries can be ordered, delivered, and paid for via a credit card from the local grocery store. Alternatively, guests can shop at the local grocery store near to the villa using their credit card or cash.

Canoe Cove does not accept any outside guests during the day or evening or for any meals. 


The homeowner of Canoe Cove does not permit outside guests, weddings, or any other hospitality event. All outside vendors must be approved in advance of the rental by the homeowner. 

Nearby Activities

  • Dunn’s River Falls – 3 minutes
  • Dolphin Cove – 4 minutes
  • Mystic Mountain – 5 minutes (zipline, bobsled, restaurant)
  • Island Village – 8 minutes (good mall, jewelry, books store, coffee shops, more)
  • Chukka Cove Farm – adventure excursions from mild to wild
  • Drax Hall Polo field (Saturdays)
  • Sailing, fishing, and private boat excursion charters for various fees can be arranged by your staff
  • Restaurants – recommend Sans Souci (upscale, excellent, 14 min); Scotchie’s (rustic casual, best jerk joint, 4 minutes) … if you ever wish to forsake the Canoe Cove chef a time or two.

Old Fort Bay is on the western perimeter of Ocho Rios.  Drive time from the Montego Bay Sangster International Airport is approximately 90 minutes on the new North Coast highway.


7 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms

Sleeps 14 Guests

10000 Interior Square Ft.

  • Bedrooms
  • Sand box on lawn above beach
  • Connected bedroom
  • Cook assistant to Chef
  • Golf and Tennis: Golf on Site or Nearby
  • 5-hole 1,300-sq-ft graded synthetic turf putting green & sand bunker (putters & wedges provided)
  • Other: Handicap Accessible
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Audio: iPod Dock(s)
  • Communications: Complimentary Calls to the US, UK and Canada
  • Communications: Wireless Internet Access
  • Pool and Sea Area: Hot Tub (outdoor)
  • Pool and Sea Area: Poolside Shower
  • Junior Olympic-size swimming pool: 3 competition lanes, 75’ long
  • Shallow pool entry for children
  • Hot tub for 10
  • Live reef 50 yards out, more reefs beyond (snorkels provided)
  • Pool and Sea Area: Kayaks
  • Pool and Sea Area: Snorkel Gear
  • Paddle boards
  • Life jackets provided for adults & children
  • Golf and Tennis: Private Putting Green
  • Golf and Tennis: Private Tennis Court
  • Har-Tru green clay tennis court: the only Har-Tru court on Jamaica’s north coast (rackets provided)
  • Chef
  • Butler
  • Housekeeper
  • Laundress
  • Gardener
  • Pool & Beach Man
  • Fitness Equipment: Private Air Conditioned Gym
  • SOLE recumbent stationary bike, PRO-FORMA treadmill, bench & weights
  • Other: Spa on Site or Nearby
  • Private massage room next to gym
  • Bathrooms: Bathrobes
  • Bathrooms: Hair Dryers
  • Other: Linda Smith Premier Rating
  • 1/4-size basketball court
  • Independent Pickle Ball Court (rackets & balls provided)


Distance Details

Town: 5-minute drive to Ocho Rios
Airport: 90 minutes to MBJ Sangster International Airport

Staff and Services

Chef & Assistant Cook
Personal Laundress
Pool & Beach Man

Rates and Availability

Accidental Damage Waiver
A $149 Accidental Damage Waiver applies to every reservation.
Minimum Stay Details
High Season: 7-night minimum stay required
Low Season: 5-night minimum stay required
Holidays: 7-night minimum stay required
Check-In Times
Check in: 3:00 PM - Check out: 11:00 AM
Rate Policies
No outside guests, vendors, or events are permitted at Canoe Cove on the Beach without prior approval from the homeowner. Additional Guests †$150 per person per night (with owner approval) A 7-night, the full-house rate is required for all holiday weeks which include Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Surcharge for festive bookings
5% surcharge for festive bookings



First, we wish to thank you for all of your help and advice. The beauty of the property and staff alike was overwhelming. Our vacation far exceeded anything we could have imagined and will be treasured for the rest of our lives. We also had the opportunity to spend time with the owner, John Bailey, who is genuinely kind and hospitable. He has given the world a tiny piece of paradise and we are forever grateful. My husband and I, as well as each of our daughters, have pledged to return again (and again, God willing).

Pam T.

We were a group of 14 and stayed a week at Canoe Cove. Jan 27-Feb 3-2018. Words can't describe how amazing this villa is! From the pristine gardens and breathtaking pool to the open air rooms...everything was beyond our expectations. The layout of this villa is terrific and gave you privacy if you needed it and great gathering areas if you wanted to be all together. The pool view and beach absolutely breathtaking. The staff was amazing...Our Chef Akeema & Romario and Angela catered to our every tastes whether we wanted a BBQ dinner, pasta station or casual burgers and homemade chicken noodle soup and grilled cheeses---they made it happen....Oshane and Andre kept us happy 24/7 with what ever we needed...whether it was a frozen drink at the pool or a getting us a masseuse for the day...they had us covered!! The beds were extremely comfortable with daily turn down service and fresh towels thanks to Sharon, Eisa and Angie. Thank you for making this week so memorable. We're already talking about going back!!!

Marne S.

The villa experience was absolutely the best. villas of distinction and canoe cove villa did a excellent job and the whole staff at the villa where the best from the time we got there to the day we left nobody should pass this up.

Richard L.

It is really fabulous--the perfect combination of luxury and comfort, made all the better by the truly excellent staff.

All the additions and improvements from last year were both noticeable and appreciated.

It is really special---as is Akeema, OShain, Shawna, Rahg and the rest of the staff.

Gene A. (repeat guests)

The staff was great + made us feel comfortable. This is one of our BEST family vacations to date – thank you all!


The staff made our stay very enjoyable. I would recommend the Villa to everyone!


The staff displayed a positive attitude. They made our experience excellent!


Wonderful staff & Villa!


We enjoyed our stay so much it’s hard to put into words. We highly recommend this Villa to everyone!


This villa was like HEAVEN – we didn’t want to leave!


Fantastic time and service. Thanks so much!


Everything was PERFECT!


Could not have been more perfect. This was a 5 star experience!


Omg I'm in heaven here. Wow we are having fun. We all renewed our wedding vows yesterday. It ended with everyone jumping in the pool with our wedding outfits on. The staff has come to be like family. Going home isn't something we want to plan for. We are extending till….I wish it was forever. Many thanks for everything!


Fabulous villa -- and even better staff. Really great. Totally comfortable and warmly decorated -- reminds us of … Nantucket. People will love this place...the view, the furnishings, the staff, the design, the athletic facilities...A truly spectacular villa!

Gene A.

The staff is exceptional. I wish we could take them back to Texas!! They area all so special & gave excellent service! Akuma is a very talented & such a treasure! We will miss our Jamaican family!

Walski party

Every staff member went above and beyond in every way imaginable. Our entire group was thoroughly pleased. We were all sad to leave. Our house was amazing. One of the best villas I have ever stayed at!!

Whitenack Party

This was by far the beat vacation that I have taken and I have taken many. The food, staff, house and cleanliness far exceeded any vacation we have taken! Thank you!

Thomas Party

Words cannot describe this incredibly magical week we have just spent at Canoe Cove. Welcomed by our fabulous staff who have utterly spoilt us rotten, always been there for us and going far beyond our expectations every day. Our food was out of this world and I always looked forward to what we would be eating next.

Our days filled with sunshine, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, cocktails, and fun will be missed. The girls loved their time with Andre and completing the puzzle!!! He is very special and they enjoyed all of his games so much.

I could go on and on about how wonderful each and every moment has been. Thank you Arianna, Bounty, Andre, Jermaine, Angie, Angella, Elsa, Sharon, Clive, Jino, and Damien for making our holiday the best ever.

We are all emotional today leaving Canoe Cove, but have the most amazing memories in our hearts. We will be back, that's for sure. One Love.

Croll Family

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