The best of our visit to Ocho Rios (Dunn's River Falls apart) was the crafts market. Though clearly oriented for tourists, there we saw real people, and a reasonable popular look.
Prices were high as usual, but, bargainning, they dropped quicker than in regular shops
Guided tours are provided every day between 8 Am and 4 PM. Entrance fee is $10 per person.
The Gardens include 25 acres of botanical wonders. It is a real treat to see Angel Trumpets, Poor Man's Orchids, Ginger plants, Bamboo palms and many more lovely plants in the middle of the winter. We also saw the Red billed streamtail hummingbird here - the official bird of Jamaica.
Views are lovely of the Caribbean Sea from the hill top of the garden.
This property was originally used for the production of Sugar Cane but switched to exportation of oranges to New Orleans in 1892. The original owner was John Shaw, a St. Ann resident who died in 1821.
Beaches are the best program in Caribe and Ocho Rios is no exception.
Our resort had a couple of artificial beaches and a natural good one, but the best that I saw out of Negril was Dunn's River beach.
Everybody concentrates in the falls and forget the beach, what is unfair. It´s really very good that beach, a few kilometers west of town
This was the country town were Robert Nesta Marley a.k.a Bob Marley was born. His burial is located also here. Guide will show and explain you everything for 10us$ and a tip. ;-P
It's 2 hours by car from Ocho Rios, the best you could do is arrange it with a taxi driver.
Visitors to this working plantation can get a taste (literally) of what has gone into Jamaican agriculture for hundreds of years. Guests can take a trip out into the orchards to taste exotic fruits and wade their way through crops such as coconuts, limes, breadfruit, and pineapples. The plantation also provides a little family entertainment with activities such as horseback riding and mini golf. Educational and fun, the plantation is a major attraction for visitors who want more than just a run-of-the-mill tour.
Daily tours of a working plantation in an open jitney. On your tour, you will pass bananas, sugar cane, cocoa, coffee, limes, pineapples, coconuts, and breadfruit. Horseback riding available.
They say that this is the spot that Christopher Columbus first landed at when he landed in Jamaica. Now its more of a park/museum. Admission in free and when we went there werent too many people here. It was nice and you can see everything in about 20 minutes.
I thought it was closer to Montego bay but looking at thie info its actually clore to Ocho Rios.
There are several beaches in town, which we didn’t visit, but we were told they get busy and are less attractive than the only one we did visit, Reggae Beach. This is a few miles out of town – we went by hire car (thanks Michael!) but I reckon a taxi would cost US$10-15 depending on your haggling abilities. The beach is privately owned so there’s a small admission fee of US$5 (or JA$200) – however as guests at the Blue House we were able to get in for free as Elise and Darryl pay an annual membership fee.
You won’t find huge crowds or loads of facilities here. But there is a small wooden beach bar run by local Rastas, with cold drinks for sale (and I gather fish and other light meals too, though we’d already had lunch when we came). Water cost JA$50 (about 35p or 70 cents) and soft drinks twice that. You can chill here at the bar, listening to the reggae beats, or find your own patch of sand somewhere along the long palm-fringed bay. If you feel like a swim, there are changing cubicles and cold water showers, and you can also hire snorkelling equipment, though I’m not sure how much there is to see. When we were there the waves were quite lively, making the water better for splashing and wave-jumping than for serious swimming.
You shouldn’t really get much hassle here by the way, though we were pestered for a while by a local who wanted to sell us a “smoke” – but he moved off once he could see for sure that we weren’t buying.
We took a private excursion with Carolyn Barrett of Barrett Adventures to Kingston for a day. It's at least a couple of hours each way to get to Kingston but the drive is on winding, mountainous roads, through small towns and scenic lush terrain.
Our first stop was in Spanish town, then we continued onto Port Royal where we hopped on a boat out to Lime Cay (pronounced key) for some snorkeling, to Fort Charles, then through the nicer section of Kingston with it's large mansions and shopping areas and finally stopping at Devon House for a pic although we didn't do the house tour.
Private tours are a little more expensive than group tours but you have the luxury of being able to stop where you want to stop and not have to wait for people.
Yep folks its real. Dangerouse , very agressive sales people, beggers , Con- Artists every character expected in a third world country, with only one purpuse: obtain the tourist money at all costs. Average or wealthy tourists do not stand a chance. Unless you have expierence traveling in places such as this one maybe familar with their almost profesional technics and, you might stand a chance. If you have only seen Jamaica in movies and brochures you are in for a rude awakining. I was there with my wife on a cruise spending only hours there. Having heard alot of warnings from like 10 diferent people , I dicided to take a tour offered by Carnival itself on my way out " the waterfalls" some rasta gropped my wife ,,, some other rasta pushed him away but the guy followed me saying he wanted a 20$ tip because he defended me from the other rasta who was going to rape my wife. After that some guy with a knife in his hand told me I had to buy his artwork and would take no for answere. I reported all of this in ships lobby . They refunded me with the tour and hustled cash as well.
I believe it is now illegal for the major resorts to rent these things to guests because of accidental deaths that have occurred as a result. But there are always locals who hang about the beach and rent out their own personal jetski and is a lot cheaper than if you had to rent it through the hotel. That's how we got our own rentals.
Dunn's River falls is a fun thing to do. You can climb the falls, but you can also spend time at the Beach. I never did the Sunset cruis, but that is another one. The Tajmaha shopping center is near by, and the craft market. Do not go to the Craft market unless you enjoy shopping or you can haggle. You can also get cornrows, and the Bauxit mine (features in "Dr Know" James Bond movie) is near by.
We stayed at the Jamaican Grande Hotel, which has its own private beach. This was where we spent most of our time, eating, drinking and watching the cruise ships come and go. We really enjoyed the privacy and relaxed atmosphere.
Enjoy the beach at Ocho Rios. The water is so blue and warm. There is also a dolphin aquarium nearby where you can actually swim and play with the dolphins. Our cruise ship offerred both the Dunn's Fall excursion and the dolphin swim as a package deal. I think the cost was around $ 139 dollars. Of course, there are other water activities to do such as boat sailing, jet skiing, etc.
If you are at an inclusive resort, you can group a bunch of people and have a boat come get you. Its about $55 per person US, and they will take you snorkeling, and then to Dunn's River Falls, and then shoping at the top of the Dunn's River Falls, and then they take you on the ocean so you can see the island! The guys on the boat are awesome! They play raggae music as you will experience what the country truly is. Make sure you have your guest front desk person get this for you. Ask them about seeing Dunn's River Falls and being picked up from your dock at your resort. If you get enough people to go, they will pick you up so get about 8-10 people organized!
Wow is all I can say or think of. You have to climb the Dunn river Falls. It is a 1 day trip where the falls are fantastic, not dangerous and very refreshing. But do not forget you non slip sandals are shoes otherwise you'll find your day very long and painfull for your feet.
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