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Welcome to Ocho Rios

Formerly a sleepy fishing village, Ocho Rios is now the cruise ship capital of Jamaica's north coast: plentiful opportunities for shopping, adventure, and relaxation make it easy to see why. Topping the list of nearby natural landmarks is Dunn's River Falls, where cold mountain water cascades 1,000 feet (300 meters), which is best visited alongside the Blue Hole on a day trip or shore excursion. The Class II-IV rapids of the White River lend themselves well to watersports, with experiences ranging from relaxed tubing and kayaking to high-octane rafting and river boarding. A top draw for reggae fans is Nine Mile, birthplace of music legend Bob Marley, where Marley devotees can visit Mt. Zion and the singer’s mausoleum. On the seafront, places such as Bamboo Blu Beach, Runaway Bay, and Turtle Beach are ideal places to relax or canter on horseback, while the Blue Mountains, home to the island’s highest peak, allure outdoor adventurers with dense forests and fauna-rich hikes. No visit to Jamaica is complete without sampling local staples, rum and jerk chicken. Head to the Appleton Estate to adire sprawling sugar plantations and feast on the aforementioned delicacies on a day trip. For visitors with time to explore the whole of Jamaica, opt for a day trip to Montego Bay, Port Antonio, or Kingston, the island’s vibrant capital, to further your exploration of the Caribbean paradise.

Top 10 attractions in Ocho Rios

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Blue Hole

Blue Hole

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The Blue Hole—alternatively known as the Cool Blue Hole, Secret Falls, or Island Gully—is a natural limestone sinkhole near Ocho Rios. A deep cavern within the tropical mountains of Jamaica, the Blue Hole gets its name from the deep azure hue of the water. Travelers visit to swim, cliff dive, and make their way through the lush rain forest to Secret Falls.More
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Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls

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Dunn's River Falls is a spectacular White River waterfall near Ocho Rios in Jamaica, where cold mountain water cascades 1,000 feet (300 meters) down naturally terraced steps. Those interested in geology will be fascinated with the way the world-famous falls renew themselves via regular deposits of calcium carbonate and sodium, while movie buffs will recognize them from films such as Dr. No and Cocktail.More
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Martha Brae River

Martha Brae River

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Winding 20 miles (32 kilometers) through Jamaica’s tropical inland rain forests, the turquoise Martha Brae River is an essential stop for nature lovers traveling in this Caribbean country. Visit for a quick rafting trip or take advantage of its privileged position close to other natural attractions and diverse wildlife during your Jamaica vacation.More
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Bob Marley's Nine Mile

Bob Marley's Nine Mile

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A visit to Nine Mile, a sleepy town high in the Jamaican mountains of St. Ann Parish, is a must for die-hard Bob Marley fans. Home to the birthplace, house, and mausoleum of the legendary king of reggae, Nine Mile offers visitors insight into Bob Marley’s everyday life and his music, and a deeper understanding of his roots.More
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White River

White River

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Floating along the White River in an inflatable tube or kayak is one of the most relaxing adventures you can share with friends and family in Jamaica. Close to Ocho Rios, the tranquil and warm waters of this secluded river flow slowly enough for all ages to soak up the beautiful tropical atmosphere.More
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Columbus Park Museum

Columbus Park Museum

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Located in one of the Caribbean’s most photogenic natural harbors, Columbus Park at Discovery Bay is said to be the place where Christopher Columbus first landed in Jamaica in 1494. Now a lovely open-air museum, the park commemorates the island’s history with well-preserved artifacts and a killer view of the island’s north coast.More
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Mystic Mountain Adventure Park

Mystic Mountain Adventure Park

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Set in the lush rain forest outside Ocho Rios, Mystic Mountain is a nature theme park featuring thrill rides, gardens, and pools. Adrenaline junkies can zip through the jungle on ziplines and bobsleds, while more laid-back visitors can enjoy panoramic views on a chairlift canopy ride.More
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Konoko Falls and Park

Konoko Falls and Park

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High above the sun-drenched beaches and bustling fray of Ocho Rios, the lush Konoko Falls and Park are filled with innumerable species of tropical flora and birds, and streams that tumble into gentle waterfalls. The excellent on-site museum traces the history and culture of Jamaica’s original inhabitants, the Tainos and Arawaks.More
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Fern Gully

Fern Gully

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Go deep into the wild nature of Jamaica with a drive through tropical Fern Gully. A towering tunnel of ferns and tropical overgrowth, this dense rain forest—full of spectacular falls, gorges, and plant life—is one of the most noteworthy attractions on the island.More
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Green Grotto Caves

Green Grotto Caves

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The Green Grotto Caves are a labyrinth of limestone caves located in Falmouth, between the resort towns of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Once used as shelter by the native Arawak Indians, the caves have since been employed as a hiding place for smugglers and runaway enslaved people, before serving as the site of a nightclub. Now, they're a Jamaican attraction you can tour in the company of a local guide.More

Top activities in Ocho Rios

Bamboo Rafting and horseback
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ocho Rios

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Awesome trip!
Tom_A, Mar 2022
Jamaica Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise with Snorkeling
Staff was great, Dunn’s Falls is great, snorkeling just ok.
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An experience of a lifetime!
Frances_S, Mar 2022
Blue Mountain Tour with Hotel Transportation
Once you are there, you met the lovely David, you get the opportunity to see how the coffee is made, and have a coffee and some food (all included in the price).
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Konoko Fall
David_U, Sep 2021
Konoko Falls and Tropical Garden Tour from Ocho Rios
This is definitely a place to visit in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
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Excellent Day in Ocho Rios!!
Janis_M, Jan 2020
Ocho Rios Blue Hole and Dunn River
He got us to Dunn’s River Falls When they first opened, beating the crowds & enabling us to get on a “private” tour up the falls.
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The tour was great except on...
Tatiana C, Aug 2015
Dunn's Falls, Bob Marley's Nine Mile, and Optional Mystic Lagoon with Transport
The tour was great except on Wednesday there are 304 cruise ships that come to Ocho Rios so it was very crowded at the Dunn River falls
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Dr. Fun didn’t disappoint!
Tiffany_B, Dec 2021
Blue Hole Private Tour from Ocho Rios
We started out at Dunn’s river falls, where we climbed the water fall as a group.
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Great Service and Accommodating
David_C, Aug 2021
Montego Bay Airport (MBJ) Transportation One-Way or Round-Trip to Hotels
I do plan to visit Jamaica again and use your services but now I know to specifically request to always travel on the larger bus.
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Great day on cruise stop Ocho Rios
Michelle_H, Mar 2020
Ocho Rios Blue Hole and Dunn River
It was a very fun day with Wayne (Ozzy), we enjoyed the time at Blue Hole and Dunns River Falls very much on our cruise ship stop in Ocho Rios.
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Dr. Fun Tours to Blue Hole
Jennifer_C, Jun 2019
Blue Hole Private Tour from Ocho Rios
This is a beautiful place and if you go on a Saturday it is closed to large tours so you practically have the falls and lagoons all to yourself.
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Good all day adventure
Bill_B, Apr 2019
Jamaica Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise with Snorkeling
I was good to see the countryside on our way to Ocho Rios, and the guide gave us interesting information along the way.
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This was the best excursion ever taken...
Jamie S, Oct 2007
Chukka Zipline Tour at White River Valley in Ocho Rios
This tour gave us a unique opportunity to see the beautiful landscape Ocho Rios has to offer other than the beaches.
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I have been to Jamaica two other...
Quintin_W, Apr 2017
Dunn's Falls, Bob Marley's Nine Mile, and Optional Mystic Lagoon with Transport
My first trip I was suppose to visit Dunn's River Falls but did not.
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The set up for this tour was...
Pamela M, Sep 2015
Dunn's River Falls Tour from Ocho Rios
Considering we were already staying in Ocho Rios made getting to the Falls 10 times easier.
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The land of leaves and water. This...
Des_O, Jan 2014
Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour
Towards the end of the trip we were taken to a secluded waterfall - we swam in it and watched some of the locals diving from great heights.
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A birthday to remember
ROBINSON_R, Nov 2018
Jamaica Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise with Snorkeling
Not a mind blowing meal, but we needed the energy for snorkeling and climbing the falls.
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Started off with snacks Jerk chicken...
clwright7, Sep 2018
Jamaica Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise with Snorkeling
We then boarded the boat again and cruised to Dunn's River Falls which was about 20-25 minute ride.
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There is no better way to spend your...
Monte L, Apr 2017
Blue Hole Private Tour from Ocho Rios
Stunning waterfalls and pools to jump into.
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Absolutely fabulous adventure. It...
Ernest J, Mar 2016
Dunn's Falls, Bob Marley's Nine Mile, and Optional Mystic Lagoon with Transport
Our driver was on time and courteous and the guides through the Falls were awesome and very helpful in making sure that members of our group were well taken care of.
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This was a really fun excursion. The...
Larry H, Feb 2018
Jamaica Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise with Snorkeling
The falls are amazing.
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This tour is definitely the way to...
Jodie W, Jul 2017
Jamaica Dunn's River Falls Party Cruise with Snorkeling
I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see Dunn's River Falls and experience a little bit about Jamaican culture.
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All about Ocho Rios

When to visit

While balmy tropical weather makes Ocho Rios a welcoming escape year-round, early winter has the advantages of off-season rates, fewer crowds on the beaches, and lower odds of having your trip sidelined by a hurricane. Just plan to go before the December holidays, and pack an umbrella along with your swimsuit.

Currency
Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Time Zone
EST (UTC -5)
Country Code
+1-876
Language(s)
English

People Also Ask

What is Ocho Rios known for?

Creamy beaches, emerald rainforest, waterfalls, rivers, and sultry sunshine pretty much all year round—Ochos Rios holds many attractions for visitors. Dubbed the “garden parish,” its main draws are Dunn’s River Falls, jungle adventures, James Bond Beach—featured in Dr. No—and the Bob Marley memorials at nearby Nine Mile village.

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How far is Dunns River Falls from Ocho Rios?

Dunn’s River Falls is around 3 miles (4.5 kilometers) west of Ochos Rios, along the coastal road between the town and St. Ann’s Bay. The easiest way to get there is by guided tour, but, otherwise, cabs from town or the cruise port will whisk you there in under 10 minutes.

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What excursions are popular in Ocho Rios?

Most popular are trips to Dunn’s River Falls to enjoy its terraced falls and pools, followed by excursions to the Blue Hole’s lagoons, and Konoko Falls’ botanical gardens. Other favorites include rainforest-and-river zipline, bobsled, and tubing adventures; party cruises, and forays to James Bond Beach and Nine Mile, Bob Marley’s birthplace.

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Is it safe to walk around in Ocho Rios?

Yes. Ochos Rios has a low crime rate relative to other parts of Jamaica, so daytime walking should present no problems. However, walking alone at night isn’t recommended: if you must go anywhere on foot, stay on main roads—taking care of the unpredictable traffic—and in highly populated areas.

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What is there to do in Ocho Rios port?

Ochos Rios’ cruise terminals are a stroll from town, so there’s plenty to do. Pay an entry fee to lounge on white-sand Bay Beach, meander around Main Street’s duty-free malls, markets, and restaurants; or hit the beachside Island Village plaza for a meal and cold beer at its colorful Margaritavilla restaurant.

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Is Ocho Rios safe for tourists?

Yes, Ochos Rios is considered safe for tourists, helped in no large part by the presence of tourist police in and around its cruise port areas. That said, tourists are sometimes targeted by pick-pocketers and petty thieves, so it's wise to keep your valuables with you and out of sight.

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