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Things to do in Ocho Rios

Things to do in  Ocho Rios

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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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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Columbus Park Museum

Columbus Park Museum

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Legendary explorer Christopher Columbus first trod upon Jamaican soil at Discovery Bay, where he landed in 1494. Columbus Park commemorates that momentous day in history with a museum that explores the history and impact of that landing, along with the pre-colonial history of Jamaica’s indigenous people.From Arawak canoes to sugarcane milling, nautical relics and cannons, the open-air museum overlooking the harbor at Discovery Bay is littered with fascinating artifacts from Jamaica's past.More
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White River

White River

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The White River valley prides itself on its eco credentials, offering all manner of outdoor adventures.The white limestone rocks give the White River its name, causing the water to tumble over rapids and forming tranquil lagoon pools for rafting.You can go tubing or kayaking in the White River, or even saddle a horse for a ride along trails leading through tropical rainforest! Visit the landscaped Village of Flowers, and seek out the old Spanish Bridge dating back to the 1600s.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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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 used as a hiding place by smugglers and runaway slaves and even served as the site of a nightclub.More
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Fern Gully

Fern Gully

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Take a step back into the wilds of Jamaica with a drive through the incredibly lush and tropical Fern Gully. A towering tunnel of ferns and tropical overgrowth, this rainforest is so full and green that it has become one of the most noteworthy attractions in all of Jamaica.See water falling over canyons, beautiful gorges, tropical birds of paradise and more than 300 varieties of fern. Along the way visitors can stop to haggle with roadside vendors for wooden arts and crafts, or, if they’re lucky, they’ll spot Fern Man, who wears a robe of pure fern. With so much green vegetation, this shady forest canopy is a great spot for a quick drive or a leisurely walk.More
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Puerto Seco Beach

Puerto Seco Beach

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The eastern side of Discovery Bay, where Christopher Columbus is thought to have first landed on Jamaica's north coast, is a beautiful stretch of white sand beach fringed with palm trees. Lined with snack bars and vendors offering boats and water skis for rent, Puerto Seco Beach is a great destination for a family outing.More
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Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach

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Also known as Ocho Rios Bay Beach, busy bayside Turtle Beach is just off Main Street, and is the main beach of Ocho Rios. Despite its proximity to the cruise ship port, the crescent-shaped sandy stretch is clean, and the crowd is mostly locals with a smattering of travelers who come for a release from the ship to kayak and jet-ski.More
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Port Antonio

Port Antonio

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A former banana-port town on Jamaica’s northwest coast, sleepy Port Antonio is an off-the-beaten-path destination. Away from the busier Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Port Antonio is marked by craggy shorelines and hilly jungle rife with rivers and lagoons. It’s clear why Errol Flynn, aka Tarzan, built a Hollywood escape here in the 1940s.More

Top activities in Ocho Rios

Recent reviews from experiences in Ocho Rios

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Excellent Day in Ocho Rios!!
JMM-LA, 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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Just as described - great value for money
Sy-, Apr 2020
Black River Safari, YS Falls and Appleton Rum Factory Tour from Ocho Rios
After the factory we drove to YS Falls where we got to relax for about an hour and take in the beautiful scenery and emerse ourselves in the landscape.
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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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The caves: A great option if you are...
Adam H, Jun 2017
Green Grotto Caves plus Dunn's River Falls Guided Tour from Ocho Rios
Be prepared to see bats and maybe some cave kitties but other than that, we did not encounter any cave creatures.
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I have been to Jamaica two other...
Telia F, 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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We had been to Ocho Rios before and...
foxy, Dec 2012
Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Green Grotto Caves
We had been to Ocho Rios before and had seen the falls and gardens, I would highly recommend the trip to the Green Grotto Caves.
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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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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.

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