|Explore Ocho Rios, Jamaica|
Explore Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Nestled in an emerald landscape, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is this island nation’s cruise ship capital. Your cruise to Ocho Rios docks near some of the Caribbean’s most fabled resorts and the cascading waterfalls of Dunn’s River. Enjoy the best of Jamaica on your cruise to Ocho Rios, from riding through lush sugarcane fields to seeing the waterfront home where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond thrillers.
Move to the musical landscape of Ocho Rios, from the reggae backbeat to the jungle calls of wild birds. Cruise to Ocho Rios and dive into the local laidback lifestyle: Sample hot-off-the-grill jerk chicken and stretch out on a golden beach. Climb a rainforest waterfall and watch for candy-colored fish while snorkeling in calm bays.
Canopy Adventure & Dunn’s River Falls with Lunch
Travel through lush jungle in the heart of the spectacular Cranbrook Flower Forest to the start of this unforgettable Chukka Canopy Tour adventure
Travel through lush jungle in the heart of the spectacular Cranbrook Flower Forest to the start of this unforgettable Chukka Canopy Tour adventure.
Begin your tour by soaring through the trees using an intricate system of harnesses and pulleys on horizontal traverses, while gazing at the surrounding jungle until you arrive at the cliff side platform, 45 feet above the ground.
A series of traverses ranging from 105 ft - 660 ft in length has you swinging through a giant valley carved from the surrounding mountain by ancient waters (a sparkling river still flows through it).
After your exhilarating experience enjoy a typical Jamaican lunch. Now you’re ready to climb the world famous Dunn’s River Falls. Experience thrill and excitement as you climb this magnificent 600ft cascading waterfall before returning to the pier.
Note: Minimum age is 6 years and maximum weight is 260 lbs. Guests must be able to climb 600 feet along rocky terrain. Pregnant women and guests with back/neck injuries or had recent surgery are not permitted on this excursion.
Within Walking Distance
Located adjacent to the Carnival cruise Ocho Rios cruise pier, Island Village is a sprawling entertainment and shopping complex developed by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Attractions include the ReggaeXplosion museum, a museum of Jamaican art, a casino, an outdoor concert venue, a beach with watersports, shopping (lots of it), and a branch of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.
Beyond the Port Area
The most popular attraction in Ocho Rios, Jamaica is Dunn’s River Falls. This cascade tumbles nearly 600f feet down to the beach from the surrounding hills. Just south of Ocho Rios, the old riverbed at Fern Gully is now a rainforest of hardwood trees, lianas, and hundreds of varieties of ferns. Three miles east of town is lovely Harmony Hall, a restored Methodist manse from the mid-1800s and now a celebrated art gallery showcasing the work of Jamaican artists. The 1817 Brimmer Hall Estate is a working plantation where you can take a ride in a tractor-drawn jitney past the estate’s tropical fruit trees, sugarcane fields, and coffee plants.
Firefly, at Grants Pen above Oracabessa, was the home of playwright Sir Noël Coward. The house is modest, but the panoramic views of the island and Caribbean are meltingly lovely. Be sure to look for Coward’s accomplished paintings of Jamaica on the walls. West of Ocho Rios, you can explore the caves at Green Grotto, where ancient rock formations hang above pools of crystal clear water.
Beaches In Ocho Rios
The two beaches at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort on Main Street are shared by hotel guests and cruise ship passengers alike. You’ll find more open sands at nearby Runaway Bay, about 9 miles west of town, where Paradise Beach and Cardiffhall Lot Public Beach are quintessentially Jamaican stretches of fine white sand. Bring a snorkel mask and flippers for good off-the-beach snorkeling. Check out secluded James Bond Beach, in Oracabessa, about 20 minutes from town. Nearby is GoldenEye, former home of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series.
Shopping in Ocho Rios
The Ocho Rios Craft Park, opposite the Ocean Village Shopping Centre off Main Street, has some 150 stalls stocking hats, handbags, place mats, woodcarvings, and paintings, plus the usual T-shirts and jewelry. The Island Plaza shopping complex, right in the heart of town, has paintings by local artists, handmade crafts, carvings, ceramics, and even kitchenware. At all of these places, prepare to haggle—vendors in the markets drive a hard bargain. On your cruise to Jamaica, you’ll find duty-free prices are indeed lower than stateside, but watch out for the Jamaican government’s 16.5% General Consumption Tax.