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Ocho RiosJamaica

An idyllic vacation spot on Jamaica’s north coast, this town is a port for luxury cruises, a shopper’s delight and a backdrop for the capers of fictional spies.

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.

Top hotels in Ocho Rios

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
RIU Ocho Rios All Inclusive
RIU Ocho Rios All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Mammee Bay, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann

Nestled on the beach, this Ocho Rios resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dunn's River Craft Park, Dunn's River Falls and Dolphin Cove. Mahogany Beach and Turtle ...

4/5Very Good! (990 reviews)

"Just an all-around amazing place and definitely will go back and recommend"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2020

RIU Ocho Rios All Inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Main Street, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
The price is AU$455 per night

Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within a 10-minute walk of Ocho Rios Craft Park and Turtle River Park. Mahogany Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (683 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Only downfall is the treatment during check out was very rushed and multiple staff kept disturbing us even though we had late check out. It was very good up till that point. Hotel was very pleasantly empty so there was no excuse to be calling us before check out. Food and rooms were ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2020

Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
Hillview at Mystic Ridge
Hillview at Mystic Ridge
3.5 out of 5
DaCosta Dr, Ocho Rios
Free cancellation
The price is AU$117 per night

Situated near the beach, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Turtle River Park and Mahogany Beach. Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River Falls are also within 3 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8 reviews)

"The breakfast was delicious, rooms clean. I didn’t like the floor I was placed on, too many flight of stairs. The view of the Bay was really nice."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2020

Hillview at Mystic Ridge

Popular places to visit in Ocho Rios

Dunn's River Falls
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Dunn's River Falls

Hike through verdant tropical rainforest to enjoy these beautiful cascading falls.

Dolphin Cove
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Dolphin Cove

Experience the marine environment up close and personal as you swim with dolphins and stingrays at this entertaining amusement park.

Turtle Beach
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Turtle Beach

4/5(1 review)

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. 

Mystic Mountain
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Mystic Mountain

5/5(1 review)

This popular and exhilarating attraction allows you to experience Jamaica's beautiful rainforest at top speed.

Fern Gully
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Fern Gully

Enjoy the incredible growth of tropical plants on this inspiring drive through the rainforest.

Rose Hall Great House
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Rose Hall Great House

4/5(1 review)

This English-style plantation house conceals centuries of dark secrets beneath the bright Caribbean sun.

Top activities in Ocho Rios

Cool Running's Cruise to Dunn's River Falls with Lunch & Open Bar
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Cool Running's Cruise to Dunn's River Falls with Lunch & Open Bar

AU$146
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Negril Beach Chill Out & Rick's Cafe
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Negril Beach Chill Out & Rick's Cafe

AU$70
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour
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Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour

AU$77
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Jungle River Tubing Safari
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Jungle River Tubing Safari

AU$125
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Konoko Falls & Tropical Gardens Adventure
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Konoko Falls & Tropical Gardens Adventure

AU$49
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Dunn's River Falls and Blue Hole combo
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Dunn's River Falls and Blue Hole combo

AU$70
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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Montego Bay showing water sports and a river or creek as well as a small group of people

Montego Bay