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Ocho Rios – A Jamaican Jewel

About Ocho Rios

 Jamaica – a sun-kissed island filled with rhythmic reggae sounds, spicy exotic flavors and the Patois language. Located in Saint Ann Parish, Ocho Rios was once a sleepy fishing village. That all changed in 1962, when James Bond came to town to film “Dr. No” – and there was no turning back! Today, cruise ships and tourists visit this tropical paradise to enjoy luxury mega-resorts dotting local beaches. Be sure to sample some jerk chicken (spicier than your average barbecue version) or Jamaica’s national dish, ackee and saltfish, at local eateries. Don’t forget to party under the stars at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville! 


Nearby Explorations

Dunn’s River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls is a naturally created “staircase” waterfall and is roughly 600 feet wide and 1,000 feet tall. It sits in the midst of a lush rain forest that’s perfect for hiking! Hold hands with fellow climbers and follow your guide up the falls, all while finding half-hidden lagoons along the way. Bring your bathing suit! Head back down to where the rushing water meets the sea and watch the stunning Caribbean sunset!


James Bond Beach

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was a frequent visitor to Jamaica. That famed secret agent with a penchant for martinis (shaken not stirred), has his own namesake beach on the Oracabessa Peninsula. Swim in the turquoise colored waters, stroll the golden sands, and watch one of the jazz or reggae shows on the expansive lawn. Fleming’s house is still there today, as is the Moonraker’s bar!


Luminous Lagoon Tour

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Roughly an hour’s drive from Ocho Rios is the Glistening Waters Lagoon, filled with dinoflagellates (microscopic animals that are bio-luminescent). Take a night cruise and watch as their light cells emit a soft bluish-green glow. Even jump in for a swim so the water lights up around you – something that continues to awe visitors from around the world! Tours are available out of Ocho Rios, some including visits to the town of Falmouth!


All-Inclusive Resort Options


Couples San Souci

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Fronted by its own private beach and featuring fine dining on French, Italian and Caribbean foods, this adult-only property specializes in romance. Enjoy a dip in the Caribbean Sea or at one of the three pools, play a little golf or indulge in a massage at the San Souci Spa.


Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

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Surrounded by rolling mountains and cascading waterfalls, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is simply breathtaking. With laid-back beats, various pools to swim in, and the hottest outdoor lounge, you’re set for fun.  Ride the mechanical bull and enjoy parties around the clock, both poolside and at the beach!


Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa

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The adults-only Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort is close to famed Dunn’s River Falls. Book a tour to the renowned waterway, play around at the Runaway Golf Club, and enjoy some pampering at the Radiant Spa!


Beaches Ocho Rios Spa, Golf & Waterpark Resort

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Beaches Ocho Rios is the family-friendly version of the popular Sandals Resort chain. In addition to your choice of restaurants, bars and activities, the onsite Pirates Island Waterpark offers hours of fun for all ages!


Riu Ocho Rios

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Riu Ocho Rios, also family friendly, offers a variety of activities on sea and land. Stroll the beach on Mammee Bay, take advantage of the two oversized free-form pools, or indulge in the onsite Renova Spa. The Riuland Kid’s Club even gives the adults some private time!


With a charming atmosphere and swoon-worthy beaches, Ocho Rios is sure to amaze. Pack your bags and get ready for a memorable Jamaican getaway!