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Ocho RiosJamaica

An idyllic vacation spot on Jamaica’s north coast, this town is a port for luxury cruises, a shopper’s delight and a backdrop for the capers of fictional spies.

Ocho Rios has everything that the Caribbean is known for: stunning beaches, lush rainforests, luxury hotels, energetic village life and movie-star allure. Stay in some of the most opulent resorts in the whole Caribbean in this major tourist town on the north coast.

Many international cruise ships stop at “Ochi.” The area has numerous shops, restaurants and spas catering for international travelers. Find many beaches in this stretch of coast, such as the popular Reggae Beach. The beaches often have entry fees. Lie on the beach and eat and drink or participate in other outdoor activities, including rafting, swimming with dolphins and ziplining in the surrounding rainforest. Relax at night with rum and reggae at a local bar or upscale nightclub.

The town was an industrial and fishing village until redevelopment in the 1960s. It was made famous as the setting for James Bond’s capers in Dr. No. Not far from town, visit James Bond Beach, close to Ian Fleming’s former home, the Golden Eye Villa. Noël Coward lived nearby too.

There aren’t really eight rivers in the surroundings but there are numerous waterfalls. See local natural wonders such as the Dunn’s River Falls and the Shaw Park Gardens.

Explore the region’s rich history. Near the township is the site of the Rio Nuevo battle in which the English rousted the Spanish from Jamaica in 1658. Most of the relics from the battle are gone, but you can still hear the story and see where it happened. This complements the other sites of Spanish Colonial history in the area, including Columbus Park, where Columbus supposedly first stepped ashore in 1494.

For a constructed experience, good for families, head to Island Village, which is an entertainment park with a cinema, shops, amphitheater and private beach. Turn your gaze from the ocean in Ocho Rios for a view of Jamaica’s mountain peaks standing guard behind you.

Top Hotels in Ocho Rios

Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Main Street, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
The price is CA $475 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within a 10-minute walk of Ocho Rios Craft Park and Turtle River Park. Mahogany Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (704 reviews)

"The trip to Moon Palace was excellent overall , we enjoyed the food offerings , the restaurants were great, the bars were great and we loved the service front entering to when left, they showed they cared and for that we were grateful. The vibe was fun and the energy was real .. hassle free and premium ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Hillview at Mystic Ridge
3.5 out of 5
DaCosta Dr, Ocho Rios
The price is CA $99 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Turtle River Park and Mahogany Beach. Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River Falls are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"The breakfast was delicious, rooms clean. I didn’t like the floor I was placed on, too many flight of stairs. The view of the Bay was really nice."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 1, 2020

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Kaz Kreol Beach Lodge & Wellness Retreat
Kaz Kreol Beach Lodge & Wellness Retreat
3 out of 5
Old Road, White River Bay, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
The price is CA $95 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mahogany Beach and Turtle River Park. Ocho Rios Fort and Cool ...

3.5/5Good! (346 reviews)

"All staff very friendly and accommodating. Great place to be during The Covid Pandemic"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2020

Kaz Kreol Beach Lodge & Wellness Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Ocho Rios

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Hillview at Mystic Ridge
3.5 out of 5
DaCosta Dr, Ocho Rios
The price is CA $99 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Turtle River Park and Mahogany Beach. Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River Falls are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"The breakfast was delicious, rooms clean. I didn’t like the floor I was placed on, too many flight of stairs. The view of the Bay was really nice."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 1, 2020

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Fisherman's Point Resort
Fisherman's Point Resort
3 out of 5
Turtle River Road, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann

Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Reggae Xplosion Museum and Turtle River Park. Ocho Rios ...

2.9/5 (340 reviews)

"Great Staff and Property would visit again - clean"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

Fisherman's Point Resort
SandCastles Deluxe Beach Resort
SandCastles Deluxe Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
1 Main St, Ocho Rios, St. Anns
The price is CA $177 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Nestled on the beach, this Ocho Rios aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Taj Mahal Mall and Turtle River Park. Ocho Rios Fort and Mahogany Beach are also ...

3.2/5 (38 reviews)

"The apartment was very clean and welcoming!was breath taken once I got to the doorway of the apartment remind me of America I did not miss anything everything was in the apartment eg!iron and iron board ,coffee maker.nicely groomed bed matches the curtains just as described on website.inside the ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2020

SandCastles Deluxe Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Ocho Rios

Dunn's River Falls
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Dunn's River Falls

4.5/5(37 reviews)

The natural mineral pools under these beautiful terracing waterfalls are a refreshing treat after a hike through this tropical paradise.

Dolphin Cove
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Dolphin Cove

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Swim with dolphins and stingrays, feed sharks, see exotic birds and take part in a treasure hunt on this entertaining theme park in a bay of the Caribbean Sea.

Turtle Beach
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Turtle Beach

4/5(10 reviews)

Nestled between rainforest and the Caribbean Sea is this golden beach where you can escape the crowds, enjoy water sports and relax under swaying palm trees. 

Top things to do in Ocho Rios

Cool Running's Cruise to Dunn's River Falls with Lunch & Open Bar
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Cool Running's Cruise to Dunn's River Falls with Lunch & Open Bar

CA $137
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Luminous Lagoon Experience with Rum Punch & Transportation
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Luminous Lagoon Experience with Rum Punch & Transportation

CA $81
Per adult
Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour
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Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour

CA $73
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour
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Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour

CA $46
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Zipline Canopy Tour from Montego Bay
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Zipline Canopy Tour from Montego Bay

CA $131
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Dunn's River Falls & Blue Hole Combo Tour from Ocho Rios
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Dunn's River Falls & Blue Hole Combo Tour from Ocho Rios

CA $66
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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