Ocho Rios Jamaica
The Attractions Capital of Jamaica

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios Jamaica, also known as Ochie or Ochi, is a popular north-coast destination for all travellers.

You name it and Ocho Rios has it: the beaches, the resorts, the restaurants, the attractions, and the people.

Once you arrive in this small town in St. Ann, you will quickly realise that this is a tourist haven.


History

Ocho Rios Jamaica

Ocho Rios Jamaica was given the name “Las Chorreras” by the Spanish, which meant waterfalls, but the English misinterpreted the name to signify eight rivers.

Ochie was not always the famous tourist destination that it is today. The town was originally positioned for bauxite development.

In the 1960s everything changed and Ochi immediately began to prosper as a tourist destination. Luckily, for this town, the attractions were naturally in place. There were beaches, rivers, gardens, and other natural resources.

Investors built hotels, malls, restaurants and entertainment spots.


Accommodations

Ochi Rios Rooms

Ocho Rios accommodations are available in many flavours. All-inclusive resorts boast hundreds of rooms, several restaurants and a host of activities to choose from

Then there are the smaller hotels. They offer fewer rooms with more personalized service. You will get the chance to explore Ocho Rios and eat, drink and enjoy entertainment at the local spots.

For larger groups, there are several apartments and villas  that are accessible.

  • All Inclusive Resorts
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Apartments
  • Villas


Attractions

Attractions In Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is not short of attractions. It is safe to say that Ocho Rios is the “attraction’s capital of Jamaica,” and arguably, the Caribbean.

Dunns River Falls, the most popular attraction in the Caribbean, is the king of all waterfalls.

There are also gardens such as Coyaba River Garden, Shaw Park Gardens, Cranbrook Flower Forest and many more.

Other popular attractions in Ocho Rios Jamaica include:

  • Blue Mountain Tours
  • Dunns River Falls
  • Dolphin Cove
  • Mystic Mountains
  • Prospect Plantation
  • Bob Marley Museum
  • Green Grotto Caves


Restaurants

Ocho Rios Restaurants

When it comes to food, Ocho Rios has it all. Jamaican, Indian, Chinese, Caribbean, Italian, French, and Spanish are just some of the cuisines that can be found in this resort city.

Ocho Rios restaurants are not as plentiful as those in Kingston but all the cuisines are accessible. 

Try our local beef or chicken patties or delicious pizzas made with Jamaican recipes.

You can take a taste jerk chicken from your roadside jerk man; dine at popular fast-food outlets like Island Grill, Burger king or Kentucky Fried Chicken, or dine at three courses or a five course restaurant at the seaside or over looking Ochi.

Popular restaurants in Ocho Rios include:

  • Evitas

  • Passage to India
  • Spring Gardens
  • Scotchies
  • Margaretville


Cruise Ships

Cruise Ship In Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios cruise ship pier is where many return visitors first fall in love with this city.

The port is ideally positioned beside the Island Village Plaza, TajMahal and Harbour Shops. Spend many hours in this town, there is so much that you can do.

Enjoy a day pass at an all inclusive-resort or dine at a nearby local restaurant. Then go on a tour and remember to buy souvenirs before you return to your ship.

  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Royal Caribbean cruise Line
  • Disney Cruise Line

Shopping

Tajmahal Shopping

Few destinations around the world rival Ocho Rios Jamaica shopping experience.

From duty-free shops with 20% to 50% discounts to craft markets with T-Shirts, carvings, bead chains and other souvenirs, Ocho Rios is a shopping haven.

You will find authentic Jamaican goods at all stores, plazas and shopping malls.

Enjoy duty-free shopping, gardens or entertainment at day and night.

  • Island village Plaza
  • Taj mahal
  • Soni’s plaza


Nightlife/Entertainment

Ochie Nightlfe

Ocho Rios is just as exciting at nights as it is at days. At nights, this town is transformed into nightly activities of all kinds for your pleasure.

Karaoke, local plays, theatre or clubbing are all available in this resort area.

Have a drink at a local bar or dance the night away at Margaretville.

  • Margaritavllie
  • Amnesia
  • Ocean Eleven
  • Treasure Hunt
  • John Crow’s

Beaches and Rivers

Ochi Beach Jamaica

Ocho Rios is not short on beaches. From free beaches to paid beaches, there is one for you.

There are secluded beaches for couples to spend time and then there are beaches for families.

The price and amenities will vary. Some beaches have bars, restaurants, amusement rides and a wide variety of water-sport activities.

  • Reggae Beach
  • Turtle River Park
  • James Bond Beach
  • Little Dunns River

If you thought that there are many beaches in Ocho Rios, multiple that numbers by at least three and that is the number of rivers you will find in Ochos Rios.

Not just the public rivers but private rivers too.


Tours

Ocho Rios Tours

With all the things to do in Ocho Rios, you will need a good tour company to guide you.

There are many tour companies with many packages ranging from a few dollars to thousands of dollars.

Enjoy single tours or combination tours with heavily discounted prices.


Transportation

Ochos Rios Jamaica

In Ocho Rios Jamaica, there is no excuse to move around this town.

Catch a taxi, rent a car, book a flight, charter a helicopter, or walk around the town.

Even though Ocho Rios is a town where you can pretty much walk, you will need transportation to move around quickly and to other towns.


Maps

Ochi Rios Map

A good detailed map of Ocho Rios will help you to manoeuvre your way around the town. Remember that there are many resorts, attractions and things to do.

Use a road map or an overview map when you are on the go.

More information on Ochie Map

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