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Price starts from US$ 550

Sea Haven
A waterfront traditional West Indian Cottage cottage on the beautiful Discovery Bay.
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Minimum stay 5 nights

Max. 8 persons

4 Bedrooms

Price starts from US$ 900

Sunkissed
Jamaica's newest beachfront properties
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Minimum stay 3 nights

Max. 8 persons

4 Bedrooms


 

Discovery Bay, Jamaica

 

Discovery Bay is a town in Saint Ann Parish on the northern coast of Jamaica.
The city is also known locally as Dry Harbour Bay, because it sits in the shadow of the Dry Harbour Mountains in St. Ann. 

 

The city of Discovery Bay sits on a bay of the same name. The bay was originally named Puerto Seco (Dry Harbor) by Christopher Columbus because, unlike the neighboring Rio Bueno bay, there are no permanent rivers flowing into it. However, groundwater does enter the bay through deep cracks in the basement limestone, especially on the geologic fault line that runs through the ship channel and on the western side. The salinities of the submerged springs are greater than 20 parts per thousand, yet they cause a marked difference in temperature and salinity in the shallow western back reef.

 

Discovery Bay's economy is dependent upon tourism and bauxite mining. To the west of the bay is a port from which the St. Ann Bauxite Company, which employs 450 people, exports ore. The St. Ann Bauxite company was formerly named Kaiser Jamaica Bauxite Co. (KJBC), and was jointly owned by Kaiser Aluminum and the government of Jamaica.

 

It is also the site of the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, operated by the University of the West Indies. Founded in 1965, the lab has hosted researchers from around the world focusing on coral reef biology and tropical coastal processes.