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.
Beach, Entertainment and Waterfall
The natural mineral pools under these beautiful terracing waterfalls are a refreshing treat after a hike through this tropical paradise.
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.
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.
Enjoy the rainforest at top speed by gliding down a huge hill in a bobsled, a fun activity for the whole family.
Travel on a twisting road, under a canopy of breathtakingly dense rainforest plants, right through the heart of Jamaica.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.