Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is the ultimate gateway to a plethora of sightseeing and cultural experiences on the north coast of the island. Originally a fishing village, Ocho Rios has grown into a well-known port of call for cruise ships with its bustling economy surrounding the port.
Most shore excursions from Ocho Rios head for the north coast. Popular day tour destinations include the terraced Dunn’s River Falls, which visitors can climb in the company of a guide for views over the surrounding area. Horseback riding tours allow travelers to enjoy the Caribbean Sea while learning about marine life and the ecosystem. Cruisers can pay tribute to the iconic film Cool Runnings by checking out the bobsled and rain forest canopy chair lift ride at Mystic Mountain. Ocho Rios’ Green Grotto Caves are full of geologic wonders and subterranean history, and the nearby Blue Hole is a popular stop for its azure waters and rock formations. Other Ocho Rios shore excursions include water sports such as river rafting and tubing, catamaran cruises, and kayaking outings.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Most Ocho Rios shore excursions include round-trip transportation from the port.
- If you’d like to visit farther Jamaica destinations from Ocho Rios, such as Falmouth or Bob Marley's home at Nine Mile, expect a full-day tour.
- Booking a private tour ensures cruisers can make the most of their (often short) time in port.
How to Get to Downtown Ocho Rios from the Ocho Rios Cruise Port
From the cruise port, it’s possible to walk to downtown Ocho Rios, where you’ll find six shopping plazas and an abundance of bars and restaurants. Taxis are plentiful in the area.
English is the official language of Jamaica, and the currencies are the Jamaican dollar and the US dollar.