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Ocho Rios

Travel Guide
Ocho Rios showing cruising, a beach and swimming

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.

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Hillview at Mystic Ridge
3.5 out of 5
DaCosta Dr, Ocho Rios
The price is CA $92 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Turtle River Park and Mahogany Beach. Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River Falls are also within ...
3.5/5Good! (33 reviews)

Reviewed on Jul. 7, 2021

Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Main Street, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
The price is CA $327 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront property 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! (822 reviews)
"The property is very Covid aware and sanitized the property regularly. At check in I feel it was rushed. There was a welcome pack we did not receive until the next day. The luggage is left at the front door for cleaning but my sisters luggage never made it to her room. If it wasn’t for us recognizes ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 27, 2021

Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn
4.5 out of 5
1 Old Road Main Street, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
The price is CA $448 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Situated in a national park, this luxury resort is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Coconut Grove Shopping Village and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mahogany Beach and Turtle River ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (299 reviews)
"Probably the best place we’ve stayed in Jamaica and we’ve stayed at quite a few. The staff and service are top notch. We will definitely be back!"

Reviewed on Jul. 27, 2021

Jamaica Inn
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