Ocho Rios Tourist Attractions
Ocho Rios shelters in a harbor on Jamaica's north coast amid a region of tropical gardens and water falls. Hibiscus and poinsettia grow in profusion like nowhere else on the island.
Resorts stretch for several miles/kilometers on either side of Ocho Rios and a wide range of visitor accommodation, entertainment and water-sports are available. A popular port-of-call, Ocho Rios sees 400,000 passengers annually. Excursions are made into the surrounding countryside as there is little to be seen Ocho Rios itself.A climb up Dunn's River Falls is an Ocho Rios highlight. This 600ft/180m cascade is one of Jamaica's best-known and most photographed natural attractions. Gardens offer an abundance of indigenous plants, flowers and trees. Lush Fern Gully provides a look at foliage unique to the island. Sugarcane, coffee and bananas have been harvested since the 18th C at various tourable plantations and Great Houses.River-rafting is an option and evening canoe rides up the torch-lit White River take visitors to a folklore performance and dinner.Firefly, playwright Noel Coward's hilltop home and final resting place, was a look-out point for the pirate Henry Morgan. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed during a tour of his house. James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, lived in the village of Oracabessa. His home Goldeneye is now an exclusive villa resort close to James Bond Beach. The area is a mecca for music fans as Reggae legend, Bob Marley, was born and buried in the nearby village of Nine Mile, where there is a family-run attraction.67mi/108km east of Montego Bay and 54mi/87k north of Kingston Ocho Rios' central location makes days trips to these cities and the interior possible.
Dunn's River Falls
600ft/180yds of gently terraced waterfalls is one of Jamaica's most famous natural attractions. Dunn's River Falls' limestone tiers are climbed with the aid of a guide.
Opening hours: 9am-5pm
Entrance fee in JMD: Adult J$15.00, Child 11 & under J$12.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain
Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain offers fun in the forest. Visitors can try the Sky lift Explorer, a chairlift that takes you up the mountain; Bobsled Jamaica, a single person roller coaster type ride through the forest; or Tranopy, a ziplining adventure.
Tree ferns form a canopy overhead in gorge-like Fern Gully, a 3mi/4.8k winding road built on an old river bed.
Coyaba River Garden and Museum
A creek-side garden and small local history museum featuring exhibits of rare maps and artifacts from Jamaica's turbulent past can be found at the Coyaba River Garden and Museum in Ocho Rios.Also on site is the Mahoe waterfalls which cascade down over rock. From the Ysassis Lookout Point visitors can see over Ocho Rios Bay
Prospect Plantation is a working plantation with a variety of crops. Tours are open to the public. In addition to the plantation grounds and buildings, visitors will find a butterfly enclosure and opportunities for horseback riding and even camel riding.
Discovery Bay, Jamaica
The town of Discovery Bay is so named due to Columbus's 1494 landing. The port established under the Spanish as Puerto Seco now has large industrial installations spoiling the underwater life and coral reefs.
Green Grotto Caves
The Green Grotto Caves are the reputed hideaway of Spanish settlers escaping from the British. Jamaica's best known limestone caves features stalactites and stalagmite and an underground lake.
Enchanted Gardens features 20ac/8ha of mountainside gardens, 14 waterfalls, small pools, hammocks, and areas to relax. Exotic birds inhabit a large walk-in aviary. Also featured is a seaquarium with tropical fish and plants.
Shaw Park Gardens
Shaw Park Garden encompasses 25ac/10ha of tropical foliage. A waterfall cascades down a rocky path through the plant life. Situated high in the hills the gardens overlook Ocho Rios and the Caribbean Sea beyond.
Highgate is a charming artists colony surrounded by plantations of bananas and coconuts.
Highlighted with gingerbread fretwork, 19th C Harmony Hall houses one of the islands most recognized art and craft centers.
Map of Ocho Rios Attractions