Ocho Rios has everything that the Caribbean is known for: stunning beaches, lush rainforests, luxury hotels, energetic village life and movie-star allure. Stay in some of the most opulent resorts in the whole Caribbean in this major tourist town on the north coast.
Many international cruise ships stop at “Ochi.” The area has numerous shops, restaurants and spas catering for international travelers. Find many beaches in this stretch of coast, such as the popular Reggae Beach. The beaches often have entry fees. Lie on the beach and eat and drink or participate in other outdoor activities, including rafting, swimming with dolphins and ziplining in the surrounding rainforest. Relax at night with rum and reggae at a local bar or upscale nightclub.
The town was an industrial and fishing village until redevelopment in the 1960s. It was made famous as the setting for James Bond’s capers in Dr. No. Not far from town, visit James Bond Beach, close to Ian Fleming’s former home, the Golden Eye Villa. Noël Coward lived nearby too.
There aren’t really eight rivers in the surroundings but there are numerous waterfalls. See local natural wonders such as the Dunn’s River Falls and the Shaw Park Gardens.
Explore the region’s rich history. Near the township is the site of the Rio Nuevo battle in which the English rousted the Spanish from Jamaica in 1658. Most of the relics from the battle are gone, but you can still hear the story and see where it happened. This complements the other sites of Spanish Colonial history in the area, including Columbus Park, where Columbus supposedly first stepped ashore in 1494.
For a constructed experience, good for families, head to Island Village, which is an entertainment park with a cinema, shops, amphitheater and private beach. Turn your gaze from the ocean in Ocho Rios for a view of Jamaica’s mountain peaks standing guard behind you.
Beaches, Entertainment and Waterfalls
Hike through verdant tropical rainforest to enjoy these beautiful cascading falls.
Experience the marine environment up close and personal as you swim with dolphins and stingrays at this entertaining amusement park.
Nestled between rainforest and the Caribbean Sea is this golden beach where you can escape the crowds, enjoy water sports and relax under swaying palm trees.
This popular and exhilarating attraction allows you to experience Jamaica's beautiful rainforest at top speed.
Enjoy the incredible growth of tropical plants on this inspiring drive through the rainforest.
Enjoy this maze of stunning caves, and learn about the pivotal role they have played in many different aspects of the island's history.
Climb aboard a massive, luxury catamaran for an adventurous cruise to the tumbling cascades of Dunn's River Falls. Go snorkeling in vibrant, reef-packed waters, hike to the top of a 600-foot (183-m) waterfall, and party onboard with an open bar and a live DJ ready to turn up the volume.
Discover Jamaica's scenic countryside of lush rainforest, white-sand beaches, and seaside villages on this 3-hour horseback adventure. With your knowledgeable guide, take the reins, wander through backcountry trails, and even swim with your horse in the Caribbean Sea.
Get an extraordinary full day of fun and excitement in the wilderness of Jamaica. This outing takes you from the breathtaking coastline of Ocho Rios to the lush woodland of the interior, complete with famous sites from James Bond films and some of the most popular attractions on the island.
Traverse the stepped cascades of Dunn's River Falls on this exhilarating guided trek. Climb cascading waterfalls, get help from other travelers on slippery sections, and spend time cooling off in natural pools along the way.
Play the day away at Chukka's Adventure Park and Falls in Good Hope. Get your fill of thrills as you go flying over treetops on a zipline, float down a river in a tube or kayak, bump over the countryside in an ATV, or try out a number of adrenaline-pumping attractions.
After a stop at a local market, pick up souvenirs and goods in the duty-free mecca of the Caribbean, Ocho Rios. Then, climb 600 feet (183 m) over flowing water at Dunn's River Falls to explore one of Jamaica's national treasures.