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Ocho Rios Things to Do
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Ocho Rios or Las Chorreras (the waterfalls in Spanish), is located on the North Coast of Jamaica in the Garden Parish of St. Ann. Ocho Rios is midway between Montego Bay in the west (67 miles) and Port Antonio in the east (67 miles). It is sixty miles from Kingston, which lies to the south, over 6000 foot mountains. It is easy to reach Ocho Rios from almost any part of Jamaica. Ocho Rios is one and a half to two hours from every major town in Jamaica and is the only resort town that borders five of the islands, most interesting parishes. This lively town boasts Jamaica's premier attraction, Dunn's River Falls and is the Caribbean's most beautiful cruise port. It also contains a some of the most beautiful villas in the country.

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Attractions:

  • Dunn's River Falls - enjoy a guided climb up the world-famous falls.
  • Dolphin Cove - great fun for all the family! Swim with the dolphins: one of the premier attractions in Jamaica.
  • Mystic Mountain - Jamaica’s newest tourist attraction, Mystic Mountain (Rain Forest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain), Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This new attraction comes to Jamaica courtesy of Rain Forest Aerial Tram, a nature-loving company that already operates similar outfits in Costa Rica, St. Lucia, and Dominica.
  • Prospect Plantation - go horseback riding, or simply enjoy the tour of this working plantation.
  • River Rapids - Enjoy¬†scenic waterfalls,¬†splashing rapids, picturesque river pools, and even a private beach at Bengal Bay. All tours are accompanied by professionally trained and certified tour guides, who will be with you during your entire adventure to ensure that you are safe and having lots of fun.
  • Golf - at the beautiful Sandals Resort golf course.
  • Chukka Cove - a full equestrian complex, offering everything from polo to trail rides. They also offer mountain bike tours and river tubing.
  • Green Grotto Caves - take an underground tour through these historic caves with a crystal-clear lake at the bottom located between Discovery and Runaway Bays. The first Jamaicans, the Arawak Indians (Tainos) found shelter in the caves initially. Proof of this is evident in the multiple fragments of pottery and adzes that are unearthed from time to time. During the period of take-over by the English, the caves were used as a hideout for the Spaniards who were being driven out of the country.
  • Sandals Golf & Country Club - located in the hills just above the eastern end of the Ocho Rios area, this course with its narrow fairways, offers a challenging test of your game in a spectacular setting.
  • SuperClubs Golf Club Runaway Bay - part of the Breezes resort, offers a championship caliber, 18-hole golf course right in the middle of the Runaway Bay resort area.
  • Firefly - Noel Coward's home in the hills above Port Maria offers one of the most spectacular settings, and possibly the best views in Jamaica.
  • Fern Gully - drive through this 2 mile long ravine filled with ferns and other exotic vegetation.
  • Coyaba River Garden and Museum - these gardens featuring lush tropical vegetation and the besutiful Mahoe Falls are a haven of tranquility in the foot hills above Ocho Rios.
  • Cranbrook Gardens - lovely gardens with great walking trails.
  • Shaw Park Gardens - stroll through this lush tropical garden located on the Ocho Rios Ridge overlooking the town. Highlights are the spreading banyan tree and the cascading streams running through the garden.
  • Walkerswood Jerk Tour - Jamaica has a brand new Epicurean Tour!
  • Turtle River Falls and Gardens - Reopened and even better than ever. Experience a tropical fantasy of fourteen cascading waterfalls with meandering streams and a natural spring fed pool. Interact with exotic birds in a large walking aviary.

Activities:

  • Sunshine Watersport - in Ocho Rios for deep sea fishing and all water activities.
  • Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours - offers downhill riding tour. It is a truly delightful bicycle trip, down the mountainsides and rolling hills, a grand way to see Jamaica.
  • Resort Divers - located in Discovery Bay
  • Fishing and Boating - the beach at Island Village offers a full range of activities.
  • Island Dog Watersports - Water Sports.

Grocery Shopping:

  • General Foods - in downtown Ocho Rios is the largest supermarket in the area, and has the widest variety of products. They accept most major credit cards.
  • Willy's Supermarket - on Main Street, half a mile east for downtown is another option for groceries. They accept VISA and MasterCard.
  • Moneysworth Meats - is the best place to buy all your meats and poultry.
  • The Ocho Rios Market - on the eastern edge of downtown offers fresh fruits and vegetables. This can be an interesting experience, but we recommend that at least on your first visit, you have your villa cook, or one of the staff accompany you.
  • The White River - is your best source for fresh fish and possibly lobster. The fishermen sell their catch there in the mid to late afternoons.

Shopping:

  • Island Village - is the newest shopping and entertainment complex in Ocho Rios, featuring a variety of stores, restaurants, night life and a movie theater.
  • Taj Mahal - offers dozens of stores selling jewelry, clothing, souvenirs, cigars and other items.
  • Ocean Village - in the center of town offers a variety of stores, banks and restaurants.
  • Harmony Hall - exhibits and sells paintings and sculptures by top Jamaican artiest. Downstairs is the delightful Toscanini's Italian restaurant.
  • Wassi Art Pottery - beautiful pottery and glass.
  • Juliet Thorburn - watercolorist. We have had Juliet create for SunVillas a set of six unique post cards showing 6 of our favorite Jamaica destinations. All SunVillas guests will receive a set of these beautiful postcards.

Dining:

  • Evita's - is the place to go for its fabulous view of Ocho Rios. The menu is a delicious and intriguing blend of Jamaican and Italian cuisine.
  • The Ruins - built around a waterfall and stream in a semi-outdoor setting is a unique setting to enjoy Chinese and Jamaican cuisine.
  • Toscanini's - one of the favorite places to dine for both locals and visitors.
  • Passage to India - Authentic Indian Cuisine, Tantalize your tastebuds with the exquisite flavours of sumptious Indian curries, tandoori specialties and Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine.
  • Spring Garden Cafe - Ocho Rios Bypass Road, 795-3149. Just a short 5 minute ride to the east of Ocho Rios is this excellent restaurant and where the best of local seafood may be had for a reasonable price. The dining area is under roof, or on a patio where you can enjoy the night air. Their menu consists of many different types of seafood and other food. If you like steamed fish, ask for the Extra Large size and be prepared for a HUGE steamed fish placed in front of you done to perfection!