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Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios
Jamaica

The port of Ocho Rios is located on the north coast of the island of Jamaica. The golden beaches and palm trees surround this beautiful city. The name of the city means eight rivers in Spanish, but it more likely has its origin because there are several waterfalls in this area. Near Ocho Rios, the landscape is made up of mountains covered with lush tropical vegetation. The capital of Jamaica is Kingston.

On Main Street and DaCosta Drive, you’ll find shops, restaurants and bars. Several attractions and beaches are a 5 or 10 minute taxi ride away.

Useful Information

Language

English and local dialect

Tips

A 15% tip will be appreciated in restaurants.

Currency

JMD
Jamaican dollar - The U.S. dollar is generally accepted. Most restaurants, shops and attractions accept credit cards.

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Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: 0h

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
2373
2679
2984
311.25
February
2373
2679
2984
220.75
March
2475
2781
2984
231.00
April
2475
2781
2984
371.50
May
2577
2882
3086
923.50
June
2679
2984
3188
973.75
July
2679
2984
3188
983.75
August
2679
2984
3188
1054.25
September
2679
2984
3188
1295.00
October
2679
2984
3188
1716.75
November
2475
2781
2984
973.75
December
2475
2781
2984
421.75

Travelling around the Ocho Rios Cruise Port

It’s possible to walk to Ocho Rios. Turtle Bay Harbour is a short walk from the city. From James Bond Wharf, a 10-minute walk will be required.
Taxis are available at the port. Be sure to take a taxi that has a JUTA license and negotiate the fare and time for the return before departure. The cost for a round trip to the attractions near the city is about $10.
If you choose to rent a car, compare prices and save with rentalcars.com.

Activities in Ocho Rios

Museums

Reggae Xplosion

The Reggae Explosion Interactive Museum is located in the mall.

Nature

Dunn’s River Falls

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One of the most beautiful sites, although it is very touristy. You can climb this 180-metre waterfall that ends its run in a basin directly on the beach. It is advisable to wear water shoes to avoid slipping on rocks. Shops are at the top of the waterfall.

Green Grotto Caves

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This natural formation would have housed the first inhabitants of the island. It is located about 30 minutes from Ocho Rios

Activities

Mystic Mountain

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A recreational tourism complex that offers several activities to enjoy the rainforest such as bobsley descent, a zip line and a cable car.

Nine Mile

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Bob Marley’s birthplace is located in the mountains of St. Ann’s Parish, 75 minutes from Ocho Rios. You can visit the Marley family’s childhood home and mausoleum.

Dolphin Cove

A resort where you can swim with dolphins, see sharks, kayak with transparent bottom to see the fish, snorkel with rays or go hiking in the jungle to admire the flora and fauna.

Shaw Park Gardens

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This botanical garden is located at altitude and enjoys a splendid view of the sea and has nearly 600 species of flowers.

Coyaba River Gardens

Coyaba River Gardens is made up of water gardens and waterfalls and has a small museum.

Turtle River Falls and Garden

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Turtle River Falls and Garden is located in the city and has a waterfall, gardens, and an aviary with 27 species of birds.

Beaches

Turtle Beach (or Bay Beach)

This beach is located behind the mall near the port.

Mahogany Beach

This square offers plenty of service and water activities and is located 10 minutes east of the harbour.

Excursions in Ocho Rios

Several excursions visit the attractions above and you will find different combinations allowing you to choose the activities that interest you.