Located roughly in the center of Jamaica's North Coast, Ocho Rios lays claim to an incredible variety of natural and manmade bounty. Characterized by luxuriant greenery, mountains that soar down to meet stunning beaches, plus the world-renowned, Dunn's River Falls, this town virtually pulsates with an energy all its own. It even boasts Fern Gully, a winding five-mile shallow canyon carved out by a long-dried-up river, that now hosts over 500 species of ferns and some tropical flora that you would be hard-pressed to find outside of a rainforest. Having explored the majesty of Mother Nature, don't forget to take in all the hustle and bustle of Ocho Rios' crafts market, duty-free shops and local color.
Those wishing to finally have some rest during the trip may take a dip in the cool pools formed by this 600-foot Dunn's River Falls waterfall. For this you might need to fight the hordes of cruise-ship tourists, but don't miss your chance. Many visitors also come to Coyaba River Garden and Museum named after the Arawak word for paradise, these spectacular tropical gardens also offer a museum displaying pre-Columbian artifacts. The Shaw Park Gardens are beautiful and well-kept. They are located just a short walk from the center of town and match perfectly for the quiet stroll.
For pro-active extreme lovers the Fern Gully trip will allow the scenic drive through a three-mile-long canyon, shaded by trees and ferns. Parasailing is the sport of choice at Jamaica Grande Beach. You can also coast down the side of Jamaica's Blue Mountain on a bicycle and see the Jamaican countryside first hand with the Blue Mountain Downhill Bicycle Tour. The very amusing attraction of swimming with dolphins is available at the only place at Jamaica - at Dolphin Cove.
For visitors not inclined to bother much about sport life the Red Stripe Cruise will be just matching, where one can see the Dunn's Falls with some reggae in your ears and some Red Stripe beer in your tummy: this cruise takes you to some choice snorkeling spots near the falls. Remember that beer is heavier than water but better in other aspects. The ReggaeXplosion Museum is devoted to reggae and island culture. Visit it to complete the picture of real Jamaica.
Ladies can find a great spa at Grande Ocho Rios Beach and Villa resort to pamper themselves at this luxurious spa resort located in the beautiful tropical gardens. The Dunn's River Beach at Ocho Rios is the one of the most popular beaches on the island, known for its close proximity to Dunn's River Falls and for its cool, calm waters perfect for water sports.
Try any of the proposed things to do, and you will definitely want to come back to Jamaica for longer time!
Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay are the crossroads of things to do and places to see. A lively blend of sun and fun. Vibrant and diverse. An ideal setting for nature-lovers and sun-worshippers.
Duty-free shopping is abundant in Ocho Rios, from diamonds and precious gems to French perfumes and designer name brands. For authentic Jamaican straw goods, locally made souvenirs and more, negotiate for the best price on handicrafts at the colorful craft markets.
Take time to explore the many attractions that Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay offer and discover a seaside playground.