Ocho Rios
The Mountains and Rivers,
run down to the Sea.

The Cruise ship capital of Jamaica.


Cool water running to the sea...Beautifully!
Why Visit Ocho Rios?
  • The Garden Parish of Jamaica with Beautiful Sights
  • Dunns River Falls, Shaw Park Gardens
  • Ecotourism & Mountains Nearby.
  • Many Attractions located Here
  • Great Duty FREE Shopping.
  • Large Deluxe All-Inclusive Hotels
  • If Daytripping to Kingston, Port Antonio or Bob Marley Tours are on the agenda
  • Get off the Cruise Ship for the day in Ocho Rios
  • Two golf courses in the area if you want to play a round
  • First trip to Jamaica and you want a taste of everything
Ocho Rios does not as its name suggests have eight rivers.
But, Ocho Rios is the garden of Jamaica and the place where Jamaicans say, heaven spills into the seas.

Christopher Columbus described the area as, "the fairest land mine eyes have ever seen" and the region has impressed visitors ever since. Grassy mountains roll gently to the turquoise blue sea while white sand coves play hide and seek along the craggy coastline. The town is a hub of activity with an intensity that makes it seem in constant motion. The thrill of bargaining for handmade items at the Crafts Market is a treat in itself. Inbond shops carry a bounty of brand name goods. Gourmands will delight in the culinary joys to be discovered at Ocho Riosı elegant restaurants and local cafes. Nightclubs live happily beside taverns and lounges. Then, after the wear and tear of manmade pleasures, the easy life is only a step away.

Ocho Rios is a place of waterfalls and exotic gardens. The world famous Dunns River Falls is an exhilarating climb through warm cascading waters. The tropical splendor of Coyaba and Shaw Park Gardens are vistas of flora magnificence. Take a drive through a forest of ferns aptly called Fern Gully. Ride a horse on the trails at Prospect Plantation. Play polo at nearby Chukka Cove or relax and sun at James Bond Beach.

Drive west of Ocho Rios to Discovery Bay where Columbus first landed, or to Runaway Bay, so called because slaves once used this area as an escape route. Visit Seville Great House to see Indian and Spanish artifacts. Or, climb the hills to Nine Miles, the birthplace of the legendary Bob Marley. Just east of Ocho Rios in the village of Oracabessa is the celebrated Firefly property, the Jamaican retreat of playwright Noel Coward.

So, in Ocho Rios there is always a mix of excitement and serenity. The place where heaven spills into the sea is truly one of the worldıs most ravishing resorts.


Waterfalls are part of the scene!
Climb them, swim in them, ENJOY.



Coyaba River Gardens

Starting the climb up Dunns River Falls

The top of the Dunns River Falls Climb



Ocho Rios is the
Garden Parish of Jamaica



Shaw Park Gardens above Ocho Rios

All colors of flowers with birds by the dozen.
Flowering trees, fruits, ferns and other tropical plants
punctuate the environment in the Ocho Rios area.

Quaint hotel beaches provide suntan and swimming space in Ocho Rios.
Hotel gardens are as beautiful as the rest of the Garden Parish.

OCHO RIOS AREA
HOTEL LINKS


Beaches Boscobel
Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge
Couples Sans Souci
FDR
Fishermans Point
Riu Ocho Rios
Royal Plantation
OceanView
Villa Apartments at Sea Palms
Sandals Dunns River
Sandcastles
Shaw Park Beach Hotel


St. Ann and St. Mary Parishes are very agricultural areas.
Here our General Manager, John Rice is shopping
for cooking items for our housekeeper
to make dinner and breakfast at a villa.


Purple Avacados? Jamaican Red Bananas? Pumpkin Soup?
This May market picture features most of the bounty of Jamaica all laid out in one place. This picture is in-season featuring mangos, bananas including Jamaican reds, otaheite apples, avacados and juicy watermelons.


OCHO RIOS DOWNTOWN
Good location for shopping as the cruise ships are parked next door. Try going on days with less or no ships and ask for a discount as you are staying at a hotel, not a cruise ship passenger. Sunset Jamaica Grande and a few apartment hotels are located here and the hills above. Silver Seas is located further uptown from Jamaica Grande, but right also right on the sea.

TOWER ISLE / BOSCOBEL / ORCABESSA
East of Ocho Rios are the smaller towns of Tower Isle, Boscobel and eventually Orcabessa along the Coast. Tower Isle is home to Couples and some apartment/villa accommodations. Boscobel is home to another Beaches Resort and Orcabessa is home to Chris Blackwell of Island records fame and also James Bond Beach and Firefly.

RUNAWAY BAY
Runaway Bay has the feeling of a smaller town in Jamaica with a culture because of the Cardiff Hall Villas. There are four or five small restaurants that offer a cheap fish dinner, a grocery and pretty much everything you need. The town has some large all inclusives like Breezes and Hedonism 3 but also offers a few small all-inclusives and Runaway HEART one of the best local hotels with access to the Cardiff Hall Beach.

Top
Panorama

Next
2 shots
Runaway
Bay
Public
Beach

RUNAWAY

BAY

BEACH

FROM

END

TO

END

Next to
last
Cardiff
Hall
Runaway
HEART
Beach

Last shot
Breezes
Runaway
Bay
Beach



DUNNS RIVER FALLS AREA
A few large all-inclusives are springing up between Dunns River Falls and St. Anns Bay. Sandals Dunns River is now located next to the new Riu Ocho Rios and other Spanish hotel companies are building just west of that in the near future.


If you are having a taxi driver take you through Fern Gulley, have him run up to Murphys Hill for the cool breeze, cold beer and the view.

ISLAND VILLAGE
Daytime, you can float with your drink or ride the tube
Nighttimes belong to the DJ and the Dance Floor.


BEST FANCY RESTAURANTS
Evitas
Harmony Hall

BEST CASUAL DINING

Ocho Rios Jerk Centre
Margaritaville

PUBLIC BEACHES
Turtle Beach/UDC Beach
Irie Beach
Runaway Bay Beach

BEST BEACH CLUB
James Bond Beach (Orcabessa)
Cardiff Hall Association Beach Runaway Bay

BEST TAKE AWAY LUNCH
Patti Shoppe Ocho Rios
Mothers


Horseback riding is available in the
beautiful hills above Ocho Rios.