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Ocho Rios offers so many options for exploration for its guests, ranging from climbing waterfalls to zip lining, or taking a stroll in beautiful gardens or on a sandy beach. It may be overwhelming, trying to fit all that you can into a single day, so I would suggest a 'must do' list, plus a few little extras that you may try to fit in where time allows. Whatever your interests or adventure level, you will find it in lovely Ocho Rios!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Fern Gully

Hiking Trails

Dolphin Cove

Swim with Dolphins

Scotchie's

Restaurants

Dunn's River Falls and Park

Waterfalls

Rainforest Adventures Jamaica

Theme Parks

Mystic Mountain

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Turtle River Falls and Gardens

Gardens, Waterfalls

Evita's Italian Restaurant

Restaurants

Harmony Hall Art Gallery

Art Galleries

Mahogany Beach

Beaches

Island Village

Shopping Malls

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios

Restaurants

Angela A's City Tips

  • The average temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While downtown Ocho Rios may definitely be explored on foot, the outlying portions of the city are best reserved to travel via taxi. Be sure to negotiate a fare before leaving.
  • The Jamaican Dollar is the national currency. In heavy tourist areas, the U.S. Dollar may occasionally be accepted, but you will typically receive change in the Jamaican Dollar.
  • Fern Gully
    Hiking Trails
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    Angela A Says:

    Fern Gully is a stretch of road in Ocho Rios that is surrounded by luscious ferns and tropical flowers. Visitors generally drive through the area, often without even stopping, merely slowing down for photographs.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Vendors line the road in areas, selling wood carvings, offering photo opportunities, and selling water.
    • Watch for oncoming traffic whenever pulling over or crossing the road.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful and unique scenery 16/01/2019
    • Lush and green 12/01/2019
    • Fern Gully
    Phone:
    +1 877-610-6996
    Other:
  • Dolphin Cove
    Swim with Dolphins
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    Angela A Says:

    Dolphin Cove is a wonderful place where you can interact with dolphins in their natural habitat. You could easily spend the entire afternoon here, but pick and choose activities if you are on a schedule.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk down the Jungle Trail to see plants and wildlife.
    • Have your camera ready for the dozens of photo opportunities!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • First Time Swimming With Dolphins!! 18/01/2019
    • Stings rays and dolphins up close and persona 16/01/2019
    • Dolphin Cove
    Address:
    Belmont Road
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 866-393-5158
    Other:
  • Scotchie's
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Barbecue, Jamaican)
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    Angela A Says:

    Scotchie's restaurant in Ocho Rios is famous for its Jerk Chicken and Pork. This is one of the most recommended casual eateries, and it is easy to see why! The prices are low, and the marinated, rubbed meats are absolutely delicious!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • At Scotchie's, they place pimento wood over the grill, which is what gives the meat such a memorable flavor.
    • The atmosphere is fun, with outdoor seating at picnic tables available.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 819 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you go to Jamaica -- Go to Scotchie's 18/01/2019
    • The Best Jerk Chicken 16/01/2019
    • Scotchie's
    Phone:
    794 9457
    Other:
  • Dunn's River Falls and Park
    Waterfalls
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    Angela A Says:

    Dunn's River Falls is one of the most well known attractions in Ocho Rios, with visitors taking day trips and tours from all over Jamaica to witness its majesty! The falls cascade down 600 feet into a pool, and you can climb the rocks, which form steps, into the waterfall.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you don't wear water shoes, you can rent them at the falls.
    • It is a good idea to hold hands, creating a snaking line, as you climb the falls.
    • Be careful of the slippery rocks!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dunns river is a must see in Jamaica 18/01/2019
    • Day trip 18/01/2019
    • Dunn's River Falls and Park
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-2857
    Other:
  • Rainforest Adventures Jamaica
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    This Bobsled experience has to be one of the most unique things you will ever do on your travels, so it is definitely a must! You will be strapped into a specially designed sled, and then gravity will pull you down over 100 meters of track.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can control the speed with a hand brake.
    • Riders must be 46" tall.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great scenery, fantastic time! 17/01/2019
    • Good adventuee 13/01/2019
    • Rainforest Adventures Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-3990
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Mystic Mountain
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    The Rainforest Zip Line thrills guests with seven platforms, six zip lines, a suspension bridge, and a rappel. The Rainforest Sky Explorer, a type of chair lift, will also shuttle guests to the top of the mountain or to the entrance.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • An upgraded package offers eight additional zip lines and a river crossing!
    • Discount tickets are available with a Dunn's River Falls option.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 76 Outdoor Activities in Ocho Rios
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful view 17/01/2019
    • I was curious! 17/01/2019
    • Mystic Mountain
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-3990
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Turtle River Falls and Gardens
    Gardens, Waterfalls
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    Angela A Says:

    The Turtle River Falls and Gardens, formerly called the Enchanted Gardens, is 15 acres of luscious beauty. With 14 waterfalls, a koi pond, a swimming pool, and a bird aviary, it offers a nice, relaxing escape.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can relax in the waterfalls or swim in the swimming pool.
    • Closed on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 47 things to do in Saint Ann Parish
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful, but could easily be so much better 15/01/2019
    • Picturesque Natures Paradise!!! 08/11/2018
    • Turtle River Falls and Gardens
    Address:
    Eden Bower Road
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-5114
    Other:
  • Evita's Italian Restaurant
    Restaurants (Italian, Caribbean, Jamaican, Fusion)
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    Angela A Says:

    Evita's is a fine dining establishment that blends an Italian menu with exciting Jamaican recipes. You can sit outdoors, or dine inside the 1860s gingerbread style building.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Try the JA Curry, which is chicken and shrimp in curry, topped with walnuts and raisins.
    • The outdoor views are breathtaking!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 819 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Italian! 15/01/2019
    • Fantastic food, great setting 11/01/2019
    • Evita's Italian Restaurant
    Address:
    Eden Bower Rd.
    Off Da Costa Drive
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-2333
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Harmony Hall Art Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    Angela A Says:

    The Harmony Hall Art Gallery showcases local, Jamaican art. It is a nice place to browse, and should you make any purchases, shipping can be arranged.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Some items are quite pricey, but a visit is definitely a must to witness so many flavors of Jamaican art.
    • Be sure to check out the nice selection of prints for sale.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • Small but worth it. 21/10/2018
    • Inspiring small art gallery with gift shop. Restaurant only opens after 6:30 PM for dinner. 19/08/2018
    • Harmony Hall Art Gallery
    Address:
    Main St
    Tower Isle
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-2870
    Other:
  • Mahogany Beach
    Beaches
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    Angela A Says:

    Mahogany Beach is a small, white sand beach that is protected by a reef, so the waters are calm and clear. Water sports equipment is available for rent.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Restrooms and facilities are available, and there is no admission fee.
    • This is a great place to parasail!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • Mahogany Beach 22/11/2018
    • Great Crew 15/09/2018
    • Mahogany Beach
    Address:
    Mahogany Beach Main Street
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
  • Island Village
    Shopping Malls
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    Angela A Says:

    The Island Village hosts a large shopping area, with the ambiance and architecture of a Jamaican village. Expect about 35 stores, with clothing, books, souvenirs, and more.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Have your photo taken with the Bob Marley statue!
    • There is no admission fee, but if you wish to access the beach with water toys, there is a minimal fee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • Go to Jewels and Time 11/12/2018
    • I loved this place 04/12/2018
    • Island Village
    Address:
    Turtle River Road
    St.Ann
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-675-8995
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios
    Restaurants (American, Caribbean, Bar)
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    Angela A Says:

    Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is a great place to go for a drink or for a full meal. It can be very crowded, and it is definitely infused with a party atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Check out the gift shop for Margaritaville-themed souvenirs.
    • You must try the Lava Lava Shrimp!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #139 of 819 restaurants in Jamaica
    • Day trip to Margaritaville 13/01/2019
    • frozen drinks were terrible - nasty - order beer 10/01/2019
    • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios
    Address:
    Turtle Beach Rd.
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-675-8800
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
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