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.

Known for

Beaches, Entertainment and Waterfalls

Top hotels in Ocho Rios

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Jewel Dunn's River Adult Beach Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive
4 out of 5
Mammee Bay, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
AU$324/night
2 Sep. - 3 Sep.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,445 reviews)

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

4.2/5Very Good! (1,445 reviews)

"Jewel Dunn's River resort is an awesome resort for couples who just want to relax. Samurai (Japanese)and Moonstone ((Italian) restaurants are a must have. The staff was very friendly. Upon arrival, we were greeted with drinks and check-in was very quick."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug. 2019

Jewel Dunn's River Adult Beach Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive
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Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Main Street, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
4.4/5Excellent! (519 reviews)

Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront property is in a regional park and within a 15-minute walk of Turtle Beach and Mahogany Beach. Dolphin Cove and Dunn's ...

4.4/5Excellent! (519 reviews)

"It was money well, people were friendly i am an older person and they made my stay enjoyable i was very relaxed"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2019

Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
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RIU Ocho Rios All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Mammee Bay, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
3.9/5Good! (1,885 reviews)

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

3.9/5Good! (1,885 reviews)

"Great!!!!!!! Always a gd time in Jamaica!!!! Love!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2019

RIU Ocho Rios All Inclusive

Popular activities 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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Photo provided by The Jamaica Tourist Board

Turtle Beach

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

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.

Green Grotto Caves
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Green Grotto Caves

Enjoy this maze of stunning caves, and learn about the pivotal role they have played in many different aspects of the island's history.

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$131

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.

Horseback Beach Ride & Swim
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Horseback Beach Ride & Swim

AU$132

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.

Full-Day Fun: Blue Hole, Secret Falls & Dunn’s River Falls
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Full-Day Fun: Blue Hole, Secret Falls & Dunn’s River Falls

AU$164

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.

Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour
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Guided Dunn's River Falls Tour

AU$52

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.

Chukka's Adventure Park & Falls Ultimate Thrill Seekers Pass
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Chukka's Adventure Park & Falls Ultimate Thrill Seekers Pass

AU$250

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.

Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour
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Dunn's River Falls & Ocho Rios Tour

AU$75

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.