Ocho Rios Vacations

A testament to the power of intention, Ocho Rios was developed to be a resort, and a resort it is. Catering specifically to tourists, Ocho Rios offers an abundance of bars, clubs, duty-free shopping and restaurants. Cruise ships dock regularly at one of two ports. Dunn's River Falls, which you can climb in a human chain, offer a quirky change from ... Read more
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Like many of the islands in the Caribbean, Jamaica is blessed with gorgeous weather year-round. Temperatures hardly ever rise above or below perfect beach weather, staying between the mid-70s and upper-80s ... Read more
(23-31). The island sees the most visitors in the winter from mid-December through mid-April, when northerners flee bad winter weather back home. Visiting during this time of the year means more crowds and higher prices, so be sure to book your hotel far in advance, especially around Christmas. For lower prices, head here in April and May before the summer rains hit. You’ll save the biggest bucks over the summer, but it comes with a different price: heavy rainfall and the potential for a hurricane.

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It was definitely a beautiful place and I had a blast! We climbed a waterfall and rode a bobsled down a mountain!! The food was great and the shops were adorable.... my only complaint is that we did not feel very safe. People will try to sell you things and they are relentless! We had a guy follow us for an hour and I finally gave him 5 bucks to leave us alone! We had multiple people try to sell us pot, too, which is all fine except they would NOT take no for an answer.

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Santa Cruz, California

My husband introduced me to reggae when we first met. He loves the Jamaican culture as well as the food! Since the day I as introduced, I have been obsessed as well! The locals are awesome, the views are spectacular and the food is some of the best I have had. I would recommend Ocho Rios to everyone. Make sure you check out the Dunns River Falls! They are truly beautiful and it is an experience everyone should have while in Ocho Rios! If you like Bob Marley, make sure to take a trip up to his estate Nine Miles.

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San Jose, California, USA

My husbands and I first trip together was to Ocho Rios, Jamaica because of his fondness of Reggae music and the "chill" vibe. Jamaica did not disappoint! The food was amazing (go to a local jerk shop if you can) and the people were even more amazing. They were so grateful and nice.I never felt uncomfortable once, even when we visited Eight Mile where Bob Marley lived which is tucked in the hills. I would recommend Ocho Rios to anyone even if you do not like Reggae music or jerk food. The vibe and culture is well worth the visit. We plan on going to Negril in the future!

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Local from Portmore, Jamaica

If you want your vacation to be epic but relaxing, the Ocho Rios is the choice

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Cypress, Texas, USA

It was a resort city. Nightlife and party scene were completely tourism based, still fun though.

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Santa Rosa, California, USA

Spanish for “eight rivers,” one of Ocho Rios best known attractions is Dunn’s River Falls. It’s a quick ride from port and can easily be done in two to three hours. Walk along and enjoy a dry view or if you’re feeling adventurous, climb up the 600 foot cascading waterfall. You can climb on your own, or join a guided group. The rocks can be slippery; water shoes are required. If you don’t bring them, be prepared to buy them at Dunn’s River Falls. Kids must be 6 years old to climb. There’s a beach at the bottom of the falls if you have time to relax and swim.

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San Jose, California, USA

Ocho Rios was terrific! All of Jamaica seems to have beautiful white sands with warm water. Nearby there are several popular paid destinations including Dunn's Falls, plenty of rivers for tubing, and the "secret" Blue Hole! Don't forget to get Jerk Chicken and Jerk Pork!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

It's Jamaica so the chances are high that you'll enjoy your time. The town caters to the cruise- ship crowd, so the area is dead on the days when the cruise ships aren't docked. If you're looking for a more vibrant scene, consider Negril. But for a quiet beach vacation Ocho will do.

Gainesville, Florida, USA

Rum on rum all! Private beaches and white lightning run I recommend hiring a private cab driver for the day ask about the grotto!!

Chula Vista, California, USA

Ocho Rios is beautiful and the people are wonderful! The drive there from the airport was a little scary with the way our driver weaved in and out of oncoming traffic but once there it was wonderful!