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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.

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 $89 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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! (400 reviews)
"My stay at Kaz Kreol was okay, the room was clean, the view was beautiful omg hearing the waves hit the shore was so breath taking, the staff was friendly. If you are looking for a place to stay that is secure, clean and in the heart of everything Kaz Kreol is that place."

Reviewed on Jun. 9, 2021

Kaz Kreol Beach Lodge & Wellness Retreat
Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Main Street, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
The price is CA $451 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
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! (791 reviews)
"great quality in food, high end liquor, service and environment those that appreciate a more refined atmosphere will appreciate this hotel"

Reviewed on Jun. 23, 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 $403 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
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! (288 reviews)
"Gorgeous beach and super friendly staff in a classic small resort. One of the best massages I've ever had at the spa. Our room had a beautiful verandah overlooking the ocean, so even when we were relaxing "in our room", we were essentially outside. Worth the money. Will be back!"

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2021

Jamaica Inn
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Paradise Escape Drax Hall Ocho Rios
Paradise Escape Drax Hall Ocho Rios
4 out of 5
Owl Street, Drax Hall Manor Estate, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
The price is CA $119 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Located in Ocho Rios, this family-friendly villa is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Dolphin ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"It was well relaxing there . One thing I didn’t like but I choose not to comment on it"

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2020

Paradise Escape Drax Hall Ocho Rios
SandCastles Deluxe Beach Resort
SandCastles Deluxe Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
1 Main St, Ocho Rios, St. Anns
The price is CA $161 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
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 (39 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
Highpoint is Located Beautiful Ocho Rios
Highpoint is Located Beautiful Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
The price is CA $4,306 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in Ocho Rios, this villa is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Coconut Grove Shopping Village and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mahogany Beach and Turtle River Park. Ocho ...
Highpoint is Located Beautiful Ocho Rios
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