If you’re planning a visit to beautiful Ocho Rios in Jamaica, you’re going to one of the most beautiful parts of the island! Ocho Rios offers plenty of attractions and activities for tourists and locals alike. No matter how long you stay in this lovely bit of Jamaican paradise—whether it’s just a weekend as you make your way across the country sampling little bits of it, or spending a week or two in the one place —you are sure to find no shortage of things to do.
Enjoy a plethora of different water-based activities and sports in Ocho Rios, from snorkeling and scuba diving to gliding down the White River on a bamboo float. Ocho Rios is also home to the famous Dunn’s River Falls, a major tourist attraction that can sometimes overwhelm with its many visitors, but is a definite not-to-miss attraction. You’ll be able to climb a slippery, limestone-tiered waterfall with a guide, which is an experience unlike any other.
Be sure to check out Dolphin Cove, adjacent to Dunn’s River Falls, a gorgeous tropical retreat allowing you to swim with dolphins in their home territory, as well as view other undersea creatures, such as sharks, eels, stingrays, and a wide assortment of tropical fish and birds. Coyoba River Garden and Museum offers a real scenic and historical treat filled with lush tropical gardens, ponds, and waterfalls, as well as a fantastic museum with authentic Jamaican artifacts, giving you a real taste of true Jamaican culture.
A trip to Ocho Rios wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the exciting, open-air marketplace – it’s large so remember a hat and a bottle of water! This is where local artisans sell their handiwork. However, if you’re going to wander around and perhaps haggle for an item or two to take home as souvenirs of your trip make you leave any valuables safe at the hotel, and take only the money you intend to spend at the market.
Ocho Rios also offers great dining and nightlife experiences for the social butterfly, so after a day of sightseeing and activities, make sure to relax with a nice meal at one of the many restaurants, and then party into the night.