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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Beaches and Rivers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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