Crystal Ripple Beach Hotel

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

PO Box 24, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Caribbean
Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge
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38%
22
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21%
12
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17%
10
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14%
8
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5

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  • Couples84
  • Solo50
  • Business100

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ocho rios stone harbour

by monabds

i just rented a villa for my family. i am now reading reviews on jamaica and ocho rios . i am worried about the safety issues. has anyone rented a private villa and how was the experience.

Re: ocho rios stone harbour

by sherivero

I have rented private villas and traveled to Jamaica over 10 times and never felt uncomfortable. The villa staff will make you feel like family. They will attend to your every need yet are not intrusive. They seem to disappear into thin air yet all chores are taken care of. They can arrange for drivers, massages, hair braiding, boat trips, etc. Listen to them as they are a wealth of knowledge and only recommend services from those whom they trust and know. Security guards at private villas are mandatory and compensated by the Jamaican government. I personally would not go out on my own after dark and never needed to. Everything we've ever wanted was either at the villa or brought to us. It is fun to explore during the day. I would not recommend dining out. The cook at your villa will probably prepare the best food you can get anywhere and you can dine in your swimsuit or pajamas! I strongly recommend experiencing the local dishes and the Blue Mountain coffee is some of the best in the world. If relaxing and being catered to are among your priorities, you just may be in for the vacation of a lifetime. Honestly, we've been other places and return again and again to Jamaica because of the fully staffed villas and the kindness of the people. I'll be happy to answer any other questions you may have. S. Vero

Travel Tips for Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios: the town

by toonsarah

As I said in my intro, the town of Ocho Rios doesn’t have any obvious sights of its own to draw you here, nor would it be described as especially attractive, but it’s still worth a few hours of your time. Like many Jamaican towns, Ochi (as locals call the town) has a clock tower in the centre, and this acts as an unofficial border between the more tourist-oriented district at the western end and the more down-to-earth eastern end. In the former you’ll find several shopping complexes with duty free shops targeting the hundreds of cruise ship passengers that descend on the town almost daily, a large craft market, supermarket (an economical place to buy your hot pepper sauce and coffee souvenirs), post office and banks.

Head to the east however if you want to spend some time wandering around a typical Jamaican town. Despite what you may have heard, you shouldn’t experience too much hassle here, other than from taxi drivers who seem to find it hard to believe anyone might prefer to walk rather than get in their car – although the Rough Guide warns that James Avenue is a bit seedy (we only walked a short way along but from what I saw it’s more scruffy than scary!)

This is a good place to grab some more unusual photos. The various signs caught my eye – Jamaicans love bright colours and use them to good effect to promote their shops, bars etc. There’s also a produce market in this eastern part of town – much more authentic in atmosphere than the touristy craft market and also good for a few photos. However, when I asked the guy pressing sugar cane if I might take his picture he agreed, only to get angry when I then didn’t buy any of his juice – which hadn’t been part of the deal!

By the way, if you can check the cruise ship schedules to identify a day when there are no ships in port you’ll find the town a lot quieter. The downside though is that some of the businesses don’t even bother opening as we found on our first visit to the town, a Sunday morning. Elise at the Blue House checked the schedules for us, and I imagine receptionists at the bigger hotels would do the same. It’s also worth doing before a visit to the major attractions like Dunn’s River Falls or Dolphin Cove as it can make a marked difference to how crowded these are.

Nice people

by Joan58

Don't be too suspicious and you can meet a lot of real nice people. This guy looked like a businessman with his little bag. He opened the bag and showed us with seriousness his sample collection of bracelets made with braided threads. He told me that he earns his living by getting around the beaches trying to sell these bracelets.

Sailing on the Caribbean

by Etoile2B

At Sandals and Beaches properties all your water sports are included. Take advantage and pay a visit to the water sports desk on the beach. Here you can book SCUBA, snorkeling trips, check out the sea kayaks, water ski, etc. If you’re in the mood to take a sailing lesson they have instructors available to take you out. Our instructor was wonderful, so friendly and knowledgeable about the area. We even “competed” in a sailing race with another boat out on the water. It’s such a thrill to take the boat out on the open water, especially when the winds are up. I recommend signing up for a sailing lesson – or taking a boat out on the water yourself if you’re experienced. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon. At Sandals and Beaches properties all your boats, equipment and instructors are included. And since they don't allow tipping on the property you don't have to worry about bringing any money along as it's not necessary to tip your instructor.

Murphy Hill

by Jamaica4eva

Murphy Hill is the highest view point overlooking Ocho Rios and the Blue Mountains.
It is said to be 2,000 feet above sea level. You can even see over into Cuba from there.
It's a nice drive up to Murphy Hill, lots of big beautiful tropical trees. There's a hotel and small bar there. A nice lil swimming pool.

Dunn's River Falls

by neurochic

Dunn's River Falls is not too far from Ochos Rios and many of the large hotel chains offer excursions here. The falls is basically a series of falls on the side of this rock formation that you climb up. Be very careful because it can get quite slippery and its very easy to twist your ankle while climbing the falls. You will definitely get wet as you climb the rock formation and play and slide in the falls. Its quite a nice way to cool off in the Jamaican heat. Also many of the excursions also include lunch at the beach after your climb which is fun when your excursion guides try to start teaching you some Jamaican dances, including the famous "tootsie roll" or as Nelly would put it "get your eagle on girl".

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Address: PO Box 24, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Caribbean