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Ocho Rios is like no other spot on the planet! One minute, you may find yourself walking peacefully in an intricate garden, and a half hour later, you may be zip lining down a mountain. Ocho Rios is a place where spontaneity is embraced, and often well-laid plans may have to take a back seat! It is a great idea to line up several different options for your days in Ocho Rios, just in case something exciting takes you off the path, and into adventure!

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

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Dolphin Cove

Swim with Dolphins

Scotchie's

Restaurants

Dunn's River Falls and Park

Waterfalls

Island Village

Shopping Malls

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios

Restaurants

Day 2

Market in Ocho Rios

Flea & Street Markets

Taj Mahal Shopping Center

Shopping Malls

Mahogany Beach

Beaches

Harmony Hall Art Gallery

Art Galleries

Toscanini Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 3

Fern Gully

Hiking Trails

Blue Hole

Waterfalls

Rainforest Adventures Jamaica

Theme Parks

Rainforest Zip Line at Mystic Mountain

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Evita's Italian Restaurant

Restaurants

Angela A's City Tips

  • Expect warm temperatures and strong sun rays, so drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen often.
  • The currency used in Ocho Rios is the Jamaican dollar.
  • Many tours run from Ocho Rios; but plan to spend more money than you probably would if you were to "wing it" on your own, with a map and a great travel itinerary in hand!
    Day 1
  • Dolphin Cove
    Swim with Dolphins
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    Angela A Says:

    Dolphin Cove is a phenomenal attraction that offers the opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural surroundings, within a protected cove. You may also relax on the beach, walk the Jungle Trail, take a glass-bottom kayak ride, or simply explore solo!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Do not miss the Shark Show!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • Excellent 14/11/2018
    • Wished we could have stayed longer... 13/11/2018
    • 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:

    Most people recommend that if you can only eat one meal in Ocho Rios, it should be enjoyed at Scotchie's. The Jerk Chicken is absolutely a 'must eat,' marinated and rubbed in spices until it reaches perfection. This is an authentic, Jamaican dining experience, so be adventurous!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The prices are low, and the atmosphere is fun and casual.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 805 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • best 13/11/2018
    • Not what I expected 13/11/2018
    • 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 attractions that Ocho Rios is best known for. With tours and excursions leaving from just about everywhere across Jamaica, it is typically crowded, but large groups climb the falls together, holding hands and forming a line.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The falls are about 600 feet high, and generally take about an hour to climb.
    • You may rent water shoes at the falls if you did not bring your own.
    • The limestone rocks are very slippery so tread carefully!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful waterfall 14/11/2018
    • Man-made waterfalls and exit thru the "gift-shop". 14/11/2018
    • Dunn's River Falls and Park
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-2857
    Other:
  • Island Village
    Shopping Malls
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    Angela A Says:

    The Island Village replicates a typical Jamaican village, and offers plenty of shopping opportunities, with about 35 stores selling clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, and more. Be sure to check out the reggae music store!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • For a fun photo opportunity, pose with the statue of Bob Marley.
    • There is beach access, with a minimal fee that includes blow-up water toys.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • Just alright 11/10/2018
    • Just typical Jamaica 16/09/2018
    • Island Village
    Address:
    Turtle River Road
    St.Ann
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-675-8995
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios
    Restaurants (American, Caribbean, Bar)
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    Angela A Says:

    Margaritaville offers a fun, festive atmosphere, with delicious food and expertly mixed cocktails. While the party atmosphere is sometimes a bit much for some people, it is always a good time with good food!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Explore the gift shop for Margaritaville- or tequila-themed souvenirs.
    • Try the Lava Lava Shrimp or the Volcano Nachos!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #145 of 805 restaurants in Jamaica
    • just so so but easy from cruise ship 09/11/2018
    • Noisy, overpriced drinks but decent food 08/11/2018
    • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios
    Address:
    Turtle Beach Rd.
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-675-8800
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    10:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Market in Ocho Rios
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Angela A Says:

    This outdoor market in Ocho Rios is crammed full of Jamaican vendors, who often create their wares right before your eyes! This is an excellent place to find more one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts for friends or family back home.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Remember that prices are not set in stone, and you may negotiate, specifically when purchasing more than one item from the same vendor.
    • Jamaican arts and crafts are typically sold here at much lower prices than at the shopping centers.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • Haggle 21/10/2018
    • Bargain!! 18/09/2018
    • Market in Ocho Rios
    Address:
    Main Street
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
  • Taj Mahal Shopping Center
    Shopping Malls
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    Angela A Says:

    The Taj Mahal Shopping Center's focal point is modeled after its namesake, so it will be difficult to miss! This mecca for the shopper offers Duty Free Shopping, as well as souvenir shops and dining.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to purchase a few bottles of Appleton Estate Rum, made locally in Jamaica.
    • Duty Free Shopping means that you are not charged the tax typically imposed by the government.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • Tourist trap 15/10/2018
    • Tourist trap 11/10/2018
    • Taj Mahal Shopping Center
    Address:
    4 Main Street
    Jamaica
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-387-5923
    Other:
  • Mahogany Beach
    Beaches
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    Angela A Says:

    Mahogany Beach is a small, reef-protected beach that offers calm waters perfect for swimming. Vendors are also on hand for food and snacks, as well as water sport rentals.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is no entry fee, and restrooms are available.
    • The calm waters offer an excellent environment for snorkeling.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    • Great Crew 15/09/2018
    • Small Beach With Too Many Hecklers 01/07/2018
    • Mahogany Beach
    Address:
    Mahogany Beach Main Street
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
  • Harmony Hall Art Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    Angela A Says:

    The Harmony Hall Art Gallery offers all forms of Jamaican art. While the pieces on display are all for sale, simply browsing the gallery is highly recommended.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the variety of prints for sale.
    • The employees are very friendly and knowledgeable, so be sure to ask questions!
    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:
  • Toscanini Restaurant
    Restaurants (Italian, Caribbean, Seafood, European)
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    Angela A Says:

    Toscanini Restaurant offers Italian fare, served in a romantic, fresh atmosphere. They use only the finest ingredients, and they also have a nice, extensive wine list for pairings.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the Spaghetti with Garlic Lobster.
    • The menu changes often, so there is always something new to taste test! The menu is brought over to your table on a large chalkboard.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 805 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lunch date 04/11/2018
    • Must Dine Here 04/11/2018
    • Toscanini Restaurant
    Address:
    Tower Isle
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-975-4785
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$38
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 - 14:00
    19:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Fern Gully
    Hiking Trails
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    Angela A Says:

    Fern Gully is a stretch of road in Ocho Rios that is just engulfed by luscious ferns, and tropical plants and flowers. Many visitors just drive the road, stopping occasionally to take photographs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Craft stalls and vendors set up on the sides of the roads, selling wooden carvings, crafts, and water.
    • Many stop to have their photos taken with the "Fern Man," who is clothed in a suit made of ferns.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 02/10/2018
    • Shady 19/09/2018
    • Fern Gully
    Phone:
    +1 877-610-6996
    Other:
  • Blue Hole
    Waterfalls
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    Angela A Says:

    The Blue Hole is an absolutely beautiful waterfall, fed by cool springs. Visitors may swim in the pools, climb up the falls, and jump into the pools below. The general consensus is that a guide is a good idea for this visit, as getting here can be a bit tricky.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Blue Hole is much less crowded than other attractions of its kind.
    • Wear good shoes, and be careful of slippery surfaces.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Ocho Rios
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Jamaica diving 14/11/2018
    • Blue Hole Ocho Rios 13/11/2018
    • Blue Hole
    Phone:
    876-397-9250
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    09:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    08:30 - 16:30
    Other:
  • Rainforest Adventures Jamaica
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    The Rainforest Bobsled, an attraction based on the Jamaican Olympic team, will thrill and excite visitors of all ages! Strapped into a bobsled, get ready to ride the 100 meters of track down Mystic Mountain!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a hand brake so that you can adjust your speed.
    • Keep in mind that 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
    • Sky high 06/11/2018
    • It'a great view from the top of the mountain. 22/10/2018
    • Rainforest Adventures Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-3990
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Rainforest Zip Line at Mystic Mountain
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    The Rainforest Zip Line is a must for any 'adrenaline junkie,' as well as a great introductory, extreme sport for anyone wanting to step outside of their comfort zone. It includes seven platforms, six zip lines, a rappel, and a suspension bridge.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Upgraded packages are available that include eight additional zip lines, plus a river crossing!
    • Combination packages are available that combine the zip line with other attractions.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 320 Outdoor Activities in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Incredible Time 14/11/2018
    • Great little place 13/11/2018
    • Rainforest Zip Line at Mystic Mountain
    Address:
    Ocho Rios
    Jamaica
    Phone:
    +1 876-974-3990
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Evita's Italian Restaurant
    Restaurants (Italian, Caribbean, Jamaican, Fusion)
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    Angela A Says:

    Evita's is a fine dining experience in Ocho Rios that is unparalleled. Mixing Jamaican and Italian recipes, the food is made with only the finest, freshest ingredients.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try the JA Curry, or the fish of the day!
    • Sit outside for the lovely views!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 805 restaurants in Jamaica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great restaurant 12/11/2018
    • Great view of Ocho Rios 06/11/2018
    • 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 - 23:00
    Other:
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