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.
Turtle Beach, lined with palm trees and high-rise hotels, has a host of well-maintained facilities such as changing areas and showers to make your visit fun and easy. Watersports like kayaking and jet-skiing are available, and the shallow waters go out several yards—a bonus for waders and parents with small children.
You can visit Turtle Beach solo or as part of a half-day tour highlighting the best attractions of Ocho Rios. Tours typically include a shopping excursion to the town’s eclectic markets and shopping arcades, a drive through the lush forests of Fern Gully, and visits to Konoko Falls and Botanic Garden and/or Dunns River Falls for a jungle hike and swim. Most tours include round-trip transportation and admission to Dunn’s River Falls and Konoko Falls and Botanic Garden.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Turtle Beach is suitable for everyone, and families with small kids will especially appreciate the shallow water.
- For a small entrance fee, you have access to the beach, changing rooms, and showers. Rental sunbeds, umbrellas, and lockers are extra. Bring cash.
- Small vendors serve simple truck-style food and drink. Alternatively bring your own snacks or picnic lunch.
How to Get There
Turtle Beach is in the center of Ocho Rios, off Main Street. Ask at your hotel about a shuttle bus to the beach or hiring a taxi. If driving, there is free parking in the Super Foods parking lot.
When to Get There
This public beach is open and busy year-round. Weekdays are generally quieter than weekends.
Turtle River Falls and Gardens
Worth a visit before or after the beach is Turtle River Falls and Gardens, a 14-acre (5.6-hectare) tropical park just across the way. Take your time in the diverse nature of this heavenly oasis among 14 waterfalls, a koi pond, and an aviary where friendly exotic birds like peafowls, red macaws, and budgies feed from your hand. If you’re tired of the crystal turquoise sea, there are a pool and deck area for swimming and relaxing.