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Ocho Rios

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Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios.

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.

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By plane[edit]

A local airport provides charter plane access from the larger airports in Montego Bay and Kingston (Jamaica).


Montego Bay Airport Transfers[1] Travel Around Jamaica Tours specializes in providing safe and reliable private airport transfers from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica; as well as private transfers to any hotels or villas in Jamaica. Travel Around Jamaica Tours also provides private transfers to many great sightseeing and adventure tours and excursions throughout Jamaica, including Ocho Rios Tours and Excursions [2], Negril, and Montego Bay. They can be contacted at (876) 287-2180 or (860) 499-0256 or via email at: info@travelaroundjamaica.com

Jamaica Airport Transfers [3] Jamaica Airport Transfer provides private transfers from Montego Bay Airport to Every Hotel in Jamaica. Also provides Cruise transfers and Tours (1876) 429-8664 or info@jamaicaairporttransfer.com

Montego Bay Airport Transfers [4] Jamaican Taxi Tours will provide a clean air condition car/bus with chauffeur for your transfers to Hotels Email:info@jamaicantaxitours.com

Bestjamaica.com [5] provides great Montego Bay Airport Transfers to Ocho Rios in fine style at competitive rates. They can be reached at (1876) 403-5045 or info@bestjamaica.com


Amstar DMC [6] has more than 20 years offering Airport Transfers in Ocho Rios.

KnowJamaica.com [7] is a Jamaica Tourist Board approved tour and shore excursion provider offering private and group tours and Airport Transfers including hotel pickup and customized tours. They can be reached in Jamaica: 876-859-4739, in the US: 305-810-8136 and by email knowjam@yahoo.com.

For budget travellers you can book an independent tour operator for lower prices:

See http://www.wix.com/courtneytay/jamaicajh for prices.

Lees Taxi [8]

Ocho Rios one Stop [9]

Paradise Palms Jamaica Tours [10]

By boat[edit]

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[edit]

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

To get to Ochi from Kingston, Port 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[edit]

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.

There are also certified private transportation service from companies such as El Sol Vida (www.elsolvidatours.com) JUTA, Maxi Tours and Tourwise.

See[edit][add listing]

  • 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.

Do[edit][add listing]

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

  • Dolphin Cove, Highway A3, +1 876-974-5335 or +1 876-795-0484, [11]. 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.  edit
  • Dunn's River Falls, Highway A3 (5 km from Ocho Rios), [12]. 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.  edit
  • Chukka Cove Adventures.  edit
  • Calypso Rafting, (Route taxi from the clock-tower up exchange road), [13]. 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.  edit
  • Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain, (Take a route taxi towards St Ann's Bay ~J$150), US: +1 866 759 8720, JM: +1-876-974-3990 (), [14]. 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.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Harmony Hall, Tower Isle, Phone: +1 876 974 2870, [15]. 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 .

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Steamed fish at the Fishermen's Beach in Ocho Rios.
  • Passage to India. Great Indian food.
  • Toscanini's. The best Italian/Caribbean food.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • 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!).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Villa Cocotero, Tower Isle (Close to Reggae Beach, Harmony Hall and Toscanini's.), 0018769754128. 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.  edit
  • Riu Ocho Rios, Mammee Bay, St.Ann,, [16]. 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, [17]. The rooms do not have radios, clocks, or TVs to distract. Every night, a seven course dinner is served outdoors with live entertainment.  edit
  • Jewel Dunn's River Resort, Mammee Bay, St. Ann, near Dunns River Falls, 888-529-5176, [18]. The Jewel Dunns River Resort is an adults-only, all-inclusive luxury resort.  edit

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