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.

Known for

Beach, Entertainment and Waterfall

Top hotels in Ocho Rios

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Jewel Dunn's River Adult Beach Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive
4 out of 5
Mammee Bay, Ocho Rios
C$344/night
Aug 19 - Aug 20
4.2/5Very Good! (1,373 reviews)

"I love the employees attention they are so nice, friendly and attentive.... definitely a place to come back, plus the place is beautiful"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019

Jewel Dunn's River Adult Beach Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive
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Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Main Street, Ocho Rios
C$931/night
Aug 10 - Aug 11
4.4/5Excellent! (509 reviews)

"Great resort with very friendly staff. Great food options. Didn’t like that they kept cleaning the pools and would close them down. They also had periods in time where they didn’t have towels for the pool and beach! And still with that, we had a great time and would go back!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2019

Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
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Jamaica Inn
4.5 out of 5
1 Old Road Main Street, Ocho Rios
C$442/night
Aug 7 - Aug 8
4.8/5Exceptional! (235 reviews)

"Incredible trip, we discover Jamaica and Jamaica Inn. Do not hesitate to stay at this hotel, you will have the best experience in your life and feel at home. We were able to disconnect from our very busy life and enjoy the sea, the sun, the spa, the view, the tranquility and the beauty of earth and ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2019

Jamaica Inn

Popular things to do in Ocho Rios

Dunn's River Falls
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Dunn's River Falls

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

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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Photo provided by The Jamaica Tourist Board

Turtle Beach

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. 

Mystic Mountain
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Mystic Mountain

Enjoy the rainforest at top speed by gliding down a huge hill in a bobsled, a fun activity for the whole family.

Fern Gully
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Fern Gully

Travel on a twisting road, under a canopy of breathtakingly dense rainforest plants, right through the heart of Jamaica.

Green Grotto Caves
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Green Grotto Caves

Discover an underground world with rock formations, light holes, bats and a subterranean lake in a setting that has played a role in local history for centuries.

Top activities 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

C$116

Climb aboard a massive, luxury catamaran for an adventurous cruise to the tumbling cascades of Dunn's River Falls. Go snorkeling in vibrant, reef-packed waters, hike to the top of a 600-foot (183-m) waterfall, and party onboard with an open bar and a live DJ ready to turn up the volume.

Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour
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Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour

C$46

Traverse the stepped cascades of Dunn's River Falls on this exhilarating guided trek. Climb cascading waterfalls, get help from other travelers on slippery sections, and spend time cooling off in natural pools along the way.

Bobsled & Sky Explorer Tour at Mystic Mountain
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Bobsled & Sky Explorer Tour at Mystic Mountain

C$90

Channel your inner Cool Runnings star and go for a wild ride through the jungle inspired by the beloved film and its intrepid Jamaican bobsled team. Whoosh down a 3,281-foot (1,000-m) track through the trees, and then scope out the other outdoor attractions Mystic Mountain has to offer.

Deep Sea Sport Fishing
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Deep Sea Sport Fishing

C$295

With an expert captain and crew at your disposal, check out the very best spots in the Caribbean to catch mahi mahi, wahoo, tuna, sailfish, and blue marlin. Enjoy the stunning scenery of shimmering sands contrasted against the sparkling azure waters as you sail past the coast.

Nine Mile Reggae & Culture Tour with Lunch
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Nine Mile Reggae & Culture Tour with Lunch

C$103

Venture to the small town where Bob Marley was born, get a sense of local culture at a revival church, and stop for a scrumptious lunch. Along the way admire the view as you travel through the parish of St. Ann and learn about the childhood days of Marley, a world-famous singer and activist.

Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour
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Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour

C$67

After a stop at a local market, pick up souvenirs and goods in the duty-free mecca of the Caribbean, Ocho Rios. Then, climb 600 feet (183 m) over flowing water at Dunn's River Falls to explore one of Jamaica's national treasures.