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Ocho Rios is on the northeastern shore of Jamaica. Commonly referred to as Ochi it is a popular destination for cruise ships and tourists alike. It features a bulk of resorts and tourist attractions. There are many conveniences, such as supermarkets and restaurants.

Get in

By plane

A local airport provides charter plane access from the larger airports in Montego Bay and Kingston (Jamaica). Montego Bay is home to the biggest airport in Jamaica and this is where most of the visitors will enter island. There are many companies that offers private transfers to Ocho Rios from the Montego Bay. The two resort towns are 67 miles apart which is done in about 90 minutes' drive.

By helicopter

Montego Bay Helicopters can be hired to transport from KingstonNegril, etc. to get into Ocho Rios. The Bell 206 Jet Ranger can take 4 passengers. In some cases you may need additional short distance ground taxi if your resort does not provide an landing area e.g helipad , golf course.

By boat

Many cruise ships visit the town year round, and are served by two piers. The large "main pier" (nearest downtown) has some facilities and many vendors just outside the secure area. The "James Bond" pier farther West is very industrial, with almost no services except for tour operators; it requires a substantial walk to downtown, but the sidewalk is lined with taxis.

By route taxi

Direct route taxis are available from St. Ann's Bay and Port Maria (~J$150).

To get to Ochi from KingstonPort Antonio or cities in eastern Jamaica, take a route taxi to Port Maria and take a route taxi from there to Ochi. Avoid saying you're going to Ochi, otherwise route taxis going to other destinations will try to grab you and you will require another route taxi to get over to Port Maria.

Get around

Route taxis are everywhere. To give you an idea of the local cost 120 JMD$ is the cost of a shared route taxis between Ocho Rios and Oracabessa! ( $1 USD is equal to $86 JMD

Chartered taxis from Ocho Rios to Kingston can cost as little as 500 JA$! You share with lots of other people!

Taxis called by hotels are safe but expensive. Have the hotel call a taxi for you; they know the island better and you will not be put in an unmarked taxi. Minibuses go around the island from transportation centres.


  • Shaw Park Botanical Gardens
  • Coyaba River Garden and Museum
  • James Bond beach, which is close to what was the home of his creator, Ian Fleming.


There are many different adventurous activities from rafting to zip-lining.

  • Dolphin Cove, Highway A3, ☎ +1 876-974-5335, +1 876-795-0484. Daily 8:30AM-5:30PM. Dolphin encounters and swims. US$129 to swim with one, US$195 to swim with three for 30min. US$50 entrance.
  • Dunn's River Falls, Highway A3 (5 km from Ocho Rios). Climbing these waterfalls in a human chain is one of Jamaica's most famous attractions. The series of waterfalls span about 900 feet and the park includes a private beach as well as a cafe and craft shops. Park admission US$20 or $12 for children 11 years of age or under. There are lockers available, but they aren't safe.
  • Chukka Cove Adventures.
  • Calypso Rafting (Route taxi from the clock-tower up exchange road). A small business set up a little ways up the White River. They have personal inner tubes down the river for US$25 and bamboo rafts for US$55 per 2-person raft. They can also supposedly do jet ski rentals for US$70 each. No credit cards, cash/travelers check only.
  • Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain (Take a route taxi towards St Ann's Bay ~J$150), ☎ +1-866-759-8720 (US), +1-876-974-3990 (JM), e-mail: reservations.jam@rainforestadventure.com. 11AM-4PM. A small amusement park 2km west of Ochi, which is a popular cruise ship activity so come early or avoid on cruise ship days. The chairlift (sky lift explorer) is US$46.20. The lift with ziplining is US$114.40. The lift with a Jamaican 'bobsled' (roller coaster for US$68.20. All 3 for US$137.50. The ziplining includes 5 ziplines and a 100ft abseil drop. There is a waterslide, small pool, restaurant and viewing tower at the top. Website says park opens at 9AM which is false. US$46-138.


  • Harmony Hall, ☎ +1 876 974-2870. Tower Isle. Genuine Jamaica artwork and handicraft in an exquisite Victorian gingerbread house outside Ocho Rios.
  • United Supermarket, downtown, offers virtually all basic grocery items needed for self-catering.
  • Crafts, Ocho Rios has 7 craft markets namely: Ocho Rios craft market (across from Sonis Plaza), Coconut Grove, Dunn's River Falls, Fern Gully, Swansea, Pineapple Place, and Olde Market .


  • Steamed fish at the Fishermen's Beach in Ocho Rios.
  • Passage to India. Great Indian food.
  • Toscanini's. The best Italian/Caribbean food.
  • Jerk Chicken Smooked spicy meat done on spice wood fire


  • John Crows. Modern Bar and Food at very reasonable prices with excellent service.
  • Margaritaville. Beach, themed bar and waterslide. Drinks are expensive when compared to other local bars. Beach party and club nights a regular event.
  • Hard Rock Café.
  • Ocean's Eleven. Beachfront bar with special event nights (Thursday is Latin night!).


  • Beaches Resorts (beaches), Tower Isle (Close to Reggae Beach, Harmony Hall and Toscanini's.), ☎ +1 876 975-4128. Villa Cocotero is a chic, stylish bed and breakfast. There is a great pool with views out to the Caribbean Sea set within a lush tropical garden of coconut trees, banana palms, mango and orange trees.
  • Riu Ocho Rios. Mammee Bay, St.Ann. In addition to the beach, Riu Ocho Rios features two spectacular swimming pools, and dining in a variety of specialty restaurants.Stage productions are abundant, the Pacha Discotheque is a popular attraction in addition to the sports bar, which is open 24 hours. Children's activities are supervised at the Kid's Club. The hotel's meeting facilities can accommodate up to 100 guests.
  • Jamaica Inn. The rooms do not have radios, clocks, or TVs to distract. Every night, a seven course dinner is served outdoors with live entertainment.
  • Jewel Dunn's River Resort, Mammee Bay, St. Ann, near Dunns River Falls, toll-free: +1-888-529-5176. The Jewel Dunns River Resort is an adults-only, all-inclusive luxury resort.
  • 1 Bed & Breakfast Oracabessa, 13 Mainstreet (Boscobel/Gibraltar), ☎ +1 876 407-2345. Small and friendly guest house with a private beach where, in season, guests can watch the turtles nesting or hatching. 30$.

Go next

  • Wata Land - In St. Mary Parish, Jamaica, which is 15 minutes drive from Ocho Rios. Wata Land offers many adventerous activites like, water sliding from 15ft's in the air into the deep pool of water. Wata Land also offers mystic climbing and horseback riding
  • Dunn's River Falls- In St. Ann Parish, not far from Ocho Rios. You can climb the fall or the rocks, swim in the river to the beach waters.

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Fun In Jamaica - Ocho- Rios 2nd Edition: Denise Salmon

Denise Salmon

Children will enjoy a great vacation on a beautiful island as they read about all the things Crystal and her parents did as they relaxed and enjoyed the many exciting adventures. Like rafting and climbing the water falls and they will also read about a whole lot more fun activities that Crystal enjoyed as the family really had a fun filled holiday.

Moon Jamaica (Moon Handbooks)

Oliver Hill

Make your Escape with Moon Jamaica! Come to Jamaica for its tropical climate and calm Caribbean waters; stay to explore the heart of its vibrant culture and spirit with Moon Jamaica! What You'll Find in Moon Jamaica:Expert advice from local author Oliver Hill, who shares the best-kept secrets of his island homeFull-color, vibrant, helpful photos Detailed directions and maps for exploring on your ownIn-depth coverage of Negril and the West Coast, Montego Bay and the Northwest Coast, Ocho Rios and the North Central Coast, Port Antonio and the East Coast, Kingston and the Blue Mountains, The South CoastActivities and ideas for every traveler: Surf the turquoise waters, or relax on white sands. Get your adrenaline fix by cliff jumping or climbing the Blue Mountains. Hike through lush jungle to magnificent waterfalls, or move to the beat of Kingston's legendary music scene. Sample Jamaican rum and coffee, or dine beachfront at a luxurious resort. Eat freshly picked fruit for breakfast, watch hummingbirds flit about tropical flowers, or bathe in a crystal-clear spring on a hot day.Strategic itineraries in an easy-to-navigate format, such as The Best of Jamaica, Roots and Culture, and Hidden Beaches and Hillside HikesCurrent background information on the landscape, culture, history, and environmentEssential insight for travelers on health and safety, transportation, and accommodations, packaged in a book light enough to fit in your beach bagWith Moon Jamaica's practical tips, myriad activities, and an insider's view on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.Looking for more fun in the Caribbean sun? Check out Moon Aruba or Moon Dominican Republic.

Jamaica - Montego Bay, Port Antonio & Ocho Rios (Adventure Guides)

John Bigley

We were enjoying a Jamaican meal at Verney's Tropical Resort, a small inn perched in the hills over Montego Bay. This was a true Jamaican feast - not a watered-down tourist version - served with real Jamaican hospitality. It's that opportunity to meet local residents, taste island dishes and retreat from the typical resort experience that brings travelers to the small inns, many in Montego Bay. While this bayside city is home to some of the Caribbean's most lavish resorts, places where you can lose yourself in all-inclusive luxury and around-the-clock activities, you'll also find plenty of opportunities to meet local people and learn more about the local culture in this thriving city. Montego Bay is more than just a tourist hub, however; it's also a real city with a long-standing history. Columbus visited in May 1494 and named Montego Bay "El Golfo de Buen Tiempo," or Bay of Good Weather. In 1510 the Spanish started to settle here. Using the bay as a shipping point for hogs, they began to call this site "Bahia de Mantega," a name derived from the Spanish word for lard, which was one of the top products. In 1655 the British occupied Jamaica and the parish of St. James was founded soon after. Montego Bay became the capital of the parish and for many years was a tax-free haven. Surrounded by sugarcane plantations, the area became the home of many wealthy English planters. If you know just one Jamaica destination, it is probably Montego Bay, often just Mo Bay. Located on the north coast, this is the capital of the tourism industry and the second-largest community outside of Kingston. For most travelers, this is the starting point - thanks to the Donald Sangster International Airport - as well as the island's busiest cruise pier. Ocho Rios is the garden center of Jamaica and its lushest area is Dunn's River Falls. This spectacular waterfall, the top attraction, is a series of falls that cascade from the mountains to the sea. Here, you don't just view the falls, but actually climb up them. Led by a sure-footed Jamaican guide (who wears everyone's cameras slung around his neck), groups work their way up the falls hand-in-hand like a human daisy chain. West of Ocho Rios in the town of Oracabessa, 007 fans can visit the James Bond Beach. Located near Ian Fleming's former home, Goldeneye, the beach has plenty of options for a day of activity: Wave Runners, helicopter tours and horseback rides, as well as a beach bar and grill. The town of Ocho Rios, often known by the nickname Ochi, sits on the north coast. The main road, called the North Coast Highway or A3 along this stretch, slices through the city, following the coastline. (Dunn's River Falls is on the western side of town.) This entire stretch of road is lined with stony bluffs. Between the hills and the sea there is just enough room for a road and a strip of beach. As you approach the city from the western end, driving from Montego Bay, you'll first see the cruise ship terminal. From here, you'll be moving into the town itself. The North Coast Highway becomes DaCosta Drive; off that and parallel runs Main Street, where many of the shops and the crafts market are located. The main road continues east through town toward the large resorts, most of which lie east of the city. This travel guide walks with the adventurous traveler to the heart of Jamaica, to the miles of sand beaches, to the rugged Blue Mountains, to the country villages that provide a peek at the real Jamaica. The authors focus on the adventures this popular Caribbean island has to offer: scuba diving along coral reefs, biking mountain trails, deep sea fishing, parasailing, windsurfing, horseback riding, and other adventures that range from mild to wild. Special sections include a look at Jamaica's Meet the People program, home visits, local nightspots, festivals, and more. Maps and photos enliven the down-to-earth text.

Lonely Planet Jamaica (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet

#1 best-selling guide to Jamaica *

Lonely Planet Jamaica is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Groove to the riddims of reggae, release your inner Errol Flynn rafting the Rio Grande and sample Blue Mountains coffee straight from the source; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Jamaica and begin your journey now!

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Color maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - eating & drinking like a local, outdoor activities, landscapes, culture More than 20 maps Covers Kingston, Blue Mountains, South Coast, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, North Coast, Montego BayNegril, West Coast, Central Highlands and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Jamaica, our most comprehensive guide to Jamaica is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

Looking for more coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Caribbean Islands guide for a comprehensive look at what the whole region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Paul Clammer and Brendan.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Best-selling guide to Jamaica. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA, May 2013 - April 2014.

Jamaica Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights

Katherine Higgins

The Caribbean island of Jamaica offers visitors beautiful landscapes, tropical beaches, lots of sunshine and some of the world’s best rum. The main towns include Kingston, the capital city, Spanish TownMandevillePortmore, Ocho Rios, NegrilPort Antonio and Montego BayKingston Harbor is the seventh largest in the world. Other natural features on the island include the Y.S. Falls, Blue Lagoon, Port Royal and the Dunn’s River Fall. Introduction to Jamaica - Orientation - Culture - Climate & When To Go - Sightseeing Highlights - Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios - Blue Mountain, Kingston - Blue Lagoon,Port Antonio - Y.S. Falls, South Coast - Royal Palm Preserve, Negril - Martha Brae River, Falmouth - Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay - Bob Marley Museum, Kingston - Sun Valley Plantation, Ocho Rios - Cranbrook Flower Forest, Ocho Rios - Coyaba Gardens And Museum, Ocho Rios - Rocklands Bird Sanctuary - Blue Hole Mineral Spring, Negril - Abeokuta Paradise Nature Park, Montego Bay - Royal Botanical Garden, Kingston - The Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios - Recommendations for the Budget Traveler - Places To Stay - Places To Eat - Place To Shop

The Love Potion (Waking up in Jamaica Book 4)

Debbie Smoker

The "Love Potion" is the fourth in a five book series about a man's amazing journey in Jamaica. As the story continues:The relationship class ends. As the students move on in life, sparks of love seem to be flying everywhere. Paul and Joy also work on charting their own future, while continuing to experience the magic of Jamaica. Then, just when everything seems to be going well for the group, a bizarre and shocking event turns their world upside down.

One Love Celebrated: Passionate Accounts of Our Special Home, Couples Sans Souci

Michael Diton-Edwards

Couples Sans Souci is an all-inclusive, adults only resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and it attracts couples from all over the world. This book is not a travel guide or a marketing tool for CSS - rather, it is a celebration of a magical place that has an uncanny lure for those that have visited. CSS has a phenomenal return rate from previous guests, and the dedication of those that call CSS 'Home' is indeed special. "One Love Celebrated" does not attempt to explain the beauty or magic of CSS, but it does share the heartfelt responses of actual guests combined with fictional couples' experiences in an attempt to elicit the emotions and memories one would feel when at the resort. If you have never visited CSS, this book will make you want to book a trip as soon as possible. If you have been there, you will certainly want to make a return visit to celebrate Home for yourself all over again.

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