Ocho Rios Travel Guide

  • Entrance to Marley house at Nine Mile
    Entrance to Marley house at Nine Mile
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  • Capt Crazy and cousin of Bob Marley
    Capt Crazy and cousin of Bob Marley
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    Chad & Daniel Ocho Rios Beach
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Ocho Rios Highlights

  • Pro
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    KTSpen says…

     I love the weather, the friendly people and the food. I don't go for much else! 

  • Con
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    Dabs says…

     Long drive from the airport, no long walks on the beach 

  • In a nutshell
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    Alicja1 says…

     Regge music still alive! 

Ocho Rios Things to Do

  • Dunn's River Falls

    It's the top attraction of Ocho Rios, and maybe of Jamaica. Advertised as among the most famous falls in the world, we must be aware that it comes from the fun of climbing it, and not for its spectacularity. There is no comparison for instance with Niagara or Iguaçu falls, but along its 180 meters there's always people laughing. The water is...

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  • Dolphin Cove

    I've been to Dolphin Cove a number of times and it never gets old! The most special thing I've ever done there is swim with the dolphins and have two of them propel me into the air a few feet high. It was extremely exhilarating and by far one of the most fun things I've ever done.

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  • Bob Marley

    This is a must see if you are into Bob Marley. The tour is approx 4 hours from ocho rios. The jeep ride to the tour takes about an hour +, but well worth it. You get to see how the non coastal jamaican's live. The actual tour is kinda touristy, but put aside that and you will enjoy yourself.

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Ocho Rios Restaurants

  • Lunch with a view

    This is a buffet style with all types of local foods and fruit. Cost is $12.00 per person. Lunch is from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. The deck has a beautiful view and feels like your in a tree house.

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  • A great place for jerk food

    Seeing our enthusiasm for Jamaican cooking, Elise mentioned that Scotchies would be a good option, and Dave took us there one day for lunch. It’s a well-established traditional jerk centre on the main road between Ocho Rios and St Ann’s Bay. The food is cooked on large grills, and the choice is limited but very appetising. You need first to place...

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  • Meals at the Blue House

    We had originally planned to eat the majority of our evening meals in the various local restaurants of Ocho Rios, despite the fact that the Blue House offers a very competitively priced dinner, bed and breakfast rate – mainly because we like the variety and choice that going out for dinner offers. But after our excellent meal on the first evening,...

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Ocho Rios Nightlife

  • Dancehall rules!!

    It's a great place to go on partty. Nice girls, touris and locals, and really good music, and I'm not talking about roots reaggae, I'm talking about the best hardcore dancehall(beenie man, elephant man, bounty killa...). ya mon! There is a really good DJ there, and the people dances without shame, when they dance it looks like being doing sex....

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  • Amnesia Nightclub

    If you want to party with local Jamaicans, Amnesia is the club to go to. The bar has an indoor and outdoor patio. The inside gets a little hot and cramped so you will probably make you ways outside. Drinks are reasonably priced. The club is situated in the middle of Ochos Rios making it easy to reach from all hotels in the area. On thursdays its...

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  • Local bar

    While on most evenings we were happy to stay “home” at the Blue House and chat to our fellow guests and hosts over a beer, on one evening we did venture out for a meal and afterwards stopped for a night-cap at this local bar just a short walk from the B&B. The bar is pretty basic and caters primarily to locals rather than tourists, but that doesn’t...

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Ocho Rios Transportation

  • Ocho Rios and Courtney Taylor Island...

    We went on an excursion on a mini boat that was to be snorkeling on the reef, sail to the cliff area. We were the only family on the boat.Everybody was friendly and just having a good time. I can recommend Courtney Taylor for a private tour of Dunn's or wherever else you might want to go Another fun thing in the Ochi area that is new this year is...

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  • Ocho Rios Jamiaca Island Tours

    I wanted to write a quick review about Jamaica because you hear so many poor reviews and bad things about Jamaica. I have to say that it was one of the highlights of our trip. The reason being is because of our private tourguide. We booked a tour with Courtney Taylor. It was $20 per person (we didn't have kids w/ us so check on that). I didn't want...

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  • Local taxis

    Staying a little out of the centre of town, we found ourselves relying on taxis a bit to get around Ocho Rios, even though Elise was so helpful in offering us a lift on occasion. We thought the taxis here were rather expensive; we haggled, of course, but it still seemed to cost quite a lot, especially considering that most costs in Jamaica are way...

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Ocho Rios Shopping

  • Another mall

    Jewels and touristy crafts - the malls' architecture change a little, but the contents is essentially the same everywhere. A brake in sun and swim, but nothing special. Anyway, this was, maybe, the best mall that I saw in Jamaica.

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  • Modern mall

    Modern mall, waiting for tourists it didn't add anything to our visit - jewels and touristy crafts, and that was all. As a matter of fact, we had nothing in mind for shopping there.

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  • As natural as possible

    The best thing we visited in Ocho Rios was the crafts market. We could see artisans at work and bargain some crafts definitively not "made in China". Of course, Bob Marley and "rasta" figures dominate, imagination... not much. Prices are cheap, and it seems to be the best place to buy the garbage we usually carry back home.

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Ocho Rios Local Customs

  • Language to know!

    I had a great time and talked with quite a few Jamaican's as that is part of my adventure. They have a few phrases that are said quite often down there and don't feel stupid to say it back to them as they like to hear it back!No problem mon - They will say this and really mean itNo worries mon - true Irie - this means everything alright, it is...

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  • "Everything Irie"

    Ok we have heard this saying many times, even here in the States. But what my husband and I came to find that what this saying really means is "Oh crap". We found that the only time this saying was used by the Jamaican people is when we were in some bad situations on our trip. Like when our excursion bus got a flat tire and the driver didn't know...

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  • Jamaican "Patois"

    English is the official language spoken in Jamaica, and all Jamaicans speak English. They also speak what is known as Jamaican "patois", which they claim is a local lingo blended with English, French, Spanish, and African tongues. To me it just seems like a lazy English with a heavy accent. There are books avaiable on the patois, but good luck...

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Ocho Rios Warnings and Dangers

  • Ochi...Oh No Chi...

    Ok...so this is my second time in Ochi and really my first time staying at and all inclusive resort. Ok...don't be fooled...this is a third world country, with third world views of what a (5) star hotel/resort is. Overall, the experience was fine if you remove the constant begging, uncertainty of being considered a tourist, (which you are if you...

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  • "Tour Guides and locals"

    Had a great time at the Sunset Jamaican Grande, however, the locals have become very pushy and beg for money every step of the way. My wife and I like to venture out but this time, (May 2012), we noticed the begging has grown 10 fold from 2 years ago. We ventured out 4 our of 5 nights and somehow always paid for a Tour Guide, who claimed to work at...

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  • Put things into perspective!

    Like anywhere in the world there are dangers. I have travelled to many places around the world and lived in Jamaica for a few years. I have also stayed in America and saw more crime there! People will tell you all sorts of nonsense and the people who have great times in Jamaica are far too busy enjoy life to start frightening other people about...

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Ocho Rios Tourist Traps

  • Dunn's River Film

    It's not safe to use your camera while climbing the falls. A few guides hold a camera offering themselves to tape your group. Check the price and identify who's filming you, because, at the end there is some confusion. Don't expect good quality in the film (you only need to watch the way they balance the camera to have an idea of the final...

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  • White Snake River Inner Tubing

    It wasn't that bad, but to take a inner tubing trip down this river is a total rip off. We only went because we had a coupon which made it reasonably priced. The trip was way too short!

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  • That will be 20 dollars please

    I saw the locals braiding my wife's hair.I wasn't carrying much cash with me. They got very insulted when I offered them a few dollars and demanded $25.00 U.S. No price was discussed before they started braiding. We decided to go to the ATM and get them some money. This was going out of our way to try to be nice to them. My wife wanted to pay them...

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Ocho Rios What to Pack

  • Gym Shoes!

    Dont forget to bring your gym shoes. The resorts have a lot of rock climbing and other activities, but they wont let you participate with out gym shoes. I am planning our second trip now and gym shoes were the only thing we didn't bring and actually needed. I will defenitly be bringing them this year!

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  • Sunblock Advisable!

    If you plane on going to Dunns River Falls, bring water shoes! They do have them available for purchase at the park, though, if you forget. Bring plenty of sunblock especially if you haven't been out in the sun much before your trip! I noticed the tendency to sunburn easier here. During the time we were there, I really didn't notice much...

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  • Packing for a beach vacation

    Bring a day pack to take with you on boat trips, preferably something you don't care if it gets wet Shorts, short sleeved tops, bathing suit, sandals, tshirts, sunglasses. I usually pick a couple of shirts per day in case of sweat or them getting wet. Tshirts take a long time to dry in the tropical climate.If you are staying at an all inclusive...

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Ocho Rios Off The Beaten Path

  • Sir Noel Coward's “Firefly,”

    OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA - Noel Coward’s “FIREFLY” I took a cruise that stopped in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Ocho Rios, is situated on the northern coast of the island. The translation of the Spanish is “eight rivers,” but the towns name was probably derived from the abundance of waterfalls (you won’t find eight rivers here.) One reason I took this cruise was...

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  • The Dunn's River falls

    The Dunn's River falls is a must for anyone young and old!Just about two (2) miles west of the town of Ocho Rios, the 600-foot Dunn's River falls is in fact so famous that the parking lot is a vast sea of tour buses-any day!Ascending the falls is usually a group activity: every group gets a guide. The guides tend to tell encourage their groups to...

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  • Nine Mile

    Elsewhere I’ve recommended the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, which is certainly well worth a visit, but if you only have time for one Bob Marley tour I think I would opt for this one. Nine Mile is the small village in the hills of St Ann’s Parish where Marley was born and is now buried (following Jamaican tradition on burial in a plot on your own...

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Ocho Rios Sports & Outdoors

  • Tennis Lessons

    In early January 2013 I travelled to Ocho Rios on a Costa cruise ship and took a five minute taxi ride up the hill to Mystic Ridge Resort. I hit with Desmond Brown for at least 75 minutes, and he charged me $50 -- a bargain. I was also allowed to use the swimming pool, restroom, etc.. The resort has two hard-surface tennis courts. One is in good...

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  • Checking out the Fishes

    Snorkeling is a nice activity to do while you are in Jamaica. You will see wonderful beautiful coral as part of a coral reef that you need to be careful not to damage since you get so close. The Carribean Sea that you swim in is this beautiful blue color so crystal clear and nothing like the murky dark waters we swim in in the Great Lakes of...

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  • Horse Back Riding on The Beach

    While in Ochos Rios, you can arrange to go horseback riding on the beach which is a nice thing to do on your honeymoon. But don't think its all romantic like you probably are picturing in your head. They take you along the beach for only part of your excursion and the rest is down a sandy road where they take you to these pools and the guides try...

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Ocho Rios Favorites

  • Dunns River Falls

    My sweet husband did the walk or climb up the Dunns River Falls. I on the other hand chose to watch and take photos. It was a beautiful area to explore. At the foot of the falls was the ocean. The ocean was warm next to the water coming out of the falls. Our camera died here and was not able to be resuscitated. The water apparently shorted out the...

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  • Excellent tour guide in Ocho Rios !

    Recently went to Ocho Rios as part of a cruise and booked Marva Shaw from www.knowjamaica.com to take us on a tour in the short time available to us.She was absolutely excellent, answered my questions quickly by e-mail beforehand, wonderful on the day, took us to places that were out of the way from tourists as well as the usual such as Dunn's...

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  • Internet access

    If you’re looking for internet access you might try Computer Whizz, which is very centrally located across the road from the craft market (on the first floor above a shop in a small complex). The access here was rather slow, but we were assured by the apologetic guy running it that it was usually much better. The charge was US$2 for 30 minutes or...

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