Ocho Rios Jamaica Luxury Villas

About Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Ocho Rios is a port town on the north coast of Jamaica. A former fishing village, it’s now a resort with a cruise ship harbor and a busy bay beach that’s lined with hotels. The surrounding parish of Saint Ann is home to rainforest, rivers and waterfalls. Dunn’s River Falls is a terraced, 180m mountain waterfall with lagoon pools, surrounded by trees.


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Introduction

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Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay are located in the heart of the north-coast region defined by fern-clad cliffs and cascading waterfalls, not far from where Columbus first landed more than 500 years ago. Amazed by the island’s beauty, the explorer declared ''It is the fairest island ever eyes beheld''.

Today, visitors come from all over the world to make their own discoveries in this stimulating yet tranquil resort area, which combines the attractions of one of the Caribbean's most popular ports-of-call with the splendid scenery of the surrounding garden parish of St. Ann.

Beaches

Jamaica Grande Beach is ideal and you can try parasailing here.

Dunn's River Beach is a popular beach with cool and calm waters perfect for water sports.

James Bond Beach offers beautiful beaches surrounded by crystal clear water and an amazing backdrop

Dolphins Cove is the place to go swimming with dolphins.

Climate

Ocho Rios has a beautiful tropical climate with an average annual temperature of 29° C.

Temperature in CelsiusJFMAMJJASOND
Maximum302930313132323232323131
Minimum202220.521.1222322.626.722.622.621.820.5
Rainfall (mm)23152330102868689971787636

Geography

Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay are located in the heart of the north-coast region defined by fern-clad cliffs and cascading waterfalls. It has abundant rainfall, verdant landscapes, rolling hills, and jagged estuaries.

History

Discovered in 1494 by Columbus and was colonized but never created much interest. Ocho Rios, Eight Rivers in English does not have eight rivers in town as you would assume. When the British fought against the Spanish in 1657, they misunderstood the Spanish word las chorreros, meaning river rapids, for Ocho Rios, which sounded close enough.

It remained a quiet fishing village until Reynolds Jamaica Mines, built a deep water-pier west of town in the 1940s. A few years later tourism started to delevelop.

Nature

One of the island’s best-known natural attractions is Dunn’s River Falls, a dramatic 183 m drop of cascading water. A highlight of any trip to Ocho Rios is a careful climb up its limestone tiers, followed by a swim at the beach below.

The 5 km drive through vine-draped Fern Gully affords close-up views of 9 m fern trees and other specimens unique to the island. Spectacular vistas of the coast and a profusion of indigenous plants, flowers and trees are offered at Shaw Park Gardens, while the Coyaba River Garden and Museum, in another leafy tropical setting, gives insight into Jamaica’s indigenous Taino Amerindian culture.

Green Grotto Caves are said to have been a haven for runaway slaves in the 18th century. Explore the intriguing chambers and passageways, light holes, stalactites and stalagmites. Their most striking features are the rock formations and the small grotto lake at the innermost cavern.

Unique to Here

The tiny village of Nine Miles is the birthplace of Bob Marley, and the site of his mausoleum. His birthday on February 6 is celebrated throughout the week each year and attracts hundreds of visitors to the island.

Firefly is a must-see for Noel Coward fans. Built on a hilltop that was once a lookout point for the infamous buccaneer Henry Morgan, the house was Coward's favorite place for entertaining on a grand scale, and his invitations were highly coveted by his glamorous circle of celebrity friends.

  • Airport :
    Donald Sangster International Airport
  • Airport Tax :
    The departure tax of around JA $1,000, per person, usually included on your plane ticket, please verify.
  • Distance from Airport :
    90 minutes
  • Tourist Office :
    18 Queens Drive Montego Bay, Tel: (876) 952-4425
  • Tourist Season :
    December through April
  • Festivals & Events

    June - Ocho Rios Jazz Festival

    September - Jamaica Spice Food Festival

    Transportation

    You will probably arrive at the airport in Montego Bay. Taxis have pre-established rates and buses services are available on a city and national level. Air Jamaica Express offers domestic flights.

    Car and motorcycle rental desk can be found at the airport, in some hotels and in the city. When crossing the street or when renting a vehicle please remember that Jamaicans drive on the LEFT.

    Activities & Sports

    Beaches and resorts offer every water sports like snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and of course sunbathing and swimming.

    The Sandals Golf and Country Club is an 18-hole championship course with extremely scenic views.

    Fishing, boating and all-terrain vehicle are all possible activities that can be practiced.

    Horseback rides take you along trails and by-ways through quaint rural villages and lush green pastures.

    Archaeology

    At St. Ann's Bay, the Seville Great House & Heritage Park includes artifacts from the excavated colony of Sevilla La Nueva (New Seville) that was founded in 1509 by the son of Columbus.

    Attractions & Sights

    Here is a brief description of some of the many sites this destination has to offer:

    Columbus Park, in Discovery Bay, has a historical site commemorating the spot where Columbus first landed in Jamaica.

    Several planations can be visited in this region such as Brimmer Hall Plantation or the 18th century Prospect Plantation where crops of sugarcane, coffee and bananas were harvested.

    Harmony Hall presents various works of art by Jamaican artists and the Wassi Art Factory lets you watch the artists throw and paint there pottery.

    Coyaba River Garden & Museum offers a water garden fed by streams and a small museum about the city’s past. The building has exquisite Jamaican Spanish architecture.

    Shaw Park Botanical Gardens, overlooking the bay of Ocho Rios, displays tropical gardens with sparkling waterfalls.

    Nightlife

    When night falls, a canoe trip up the torch-lit White River can be an exciting journey that includes a folklore show, dinner and open bar.

    Margaritaville, a restaurant and bar, stays open into the early morning.

    Clubs include Jamaic'N Me Crazy and Amnesia.

    Side Trips

    Montego Bay
    Come and explore the historical and colonial town of Montego Bay. It is the second largest city in the country and has countless landmarks to visit. Then go on a Mobay Submarine Dive where you can view the local marine life in partially glassed semi-submarine.

    Negril
    Known as the water sport capital you can dive, snorkel, sail, parasail, water ski, wind surf and kayak. Come and enjoy the long stunning white sand beach and visit a historic lighthouse.

    Blue Mountains
    Travel along the north coast to Buff Bay and turn inland towards the majestic peaks of the Blue Mountains. Here you can visit a working coffee-house and learn about the world-famous Blue Mountain coffee.

    Located beside the Black River, in beautiful Jamaican valleys, is the Appleton Rum Distillery. Since 1749 the Appleton Estate has been blending some of the finest rums in the world. You will learn about the distilling process from sugar cane, molasses, sugar, to wine and rum and then have a chance to savour these award-winning rums after the tour. Do stay sober enough to enjoy the Black River wetlands afterwards.

    Accommodations

    Accommodations are varied here, with opulent resorts known for their privacy and impeccable service, plus all-inclusive properties and several modestly priced hotels in fine waterfront locations. Jamaica's largest convention hotel is located here.

    The former home of author Ian Fleming called Goldeneye, close to James Bond Beach, is operates today as an exclusive villa resort.

    Eating Out

    Ocho Rios claim, in their opinion, to have the country's best jerk pork and chicken.

    Because hotels have there own restaurants, only a few independent restaurants survive. Some of them offer fine dining in exotic settings The Ruins and the Almond Tree. At Evita’s, the menu features unique Jamaican-Italian specialties.

    Shopping

    Be ready for an insane shopping experience as hundreds of Jamaicans come here to peddle items. They can be aggressive at times and you should be ready to haggle a lot.

    For a less traumatic shopping experience head to the shopping malls like New Ocho Rios Plaza, Ocean Village Shopping Centre and Pineapple Place Shopping Centre.

    The Ocho Rios Craft Park is more a market style installation where vendors will weave a hat or a basket while you wait. Popular purchases also include hampers, handbags, place mats, lampshades, hand-embroidered goods and wood carved bowls, ashtrays, statues, and cups. Of course you will find rum and Blue Mountain coffee as well.



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