Holidays in Ocho Rios
Located on Jamaica’s north coast, Ocho Rios is the classic Caribbean resort. With 18 miles of immaculate white sands and some of Jamaica’s most exciting natural attractions, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot. Check out the famous Blue Mountains, climb to the top of the Dunn's River Falls or swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
Average temperatures usually fall between the late 20s and early 30s (°C) during summer and winter as warm with an average of 24°C.
The nearest airport to Ocho Rios is Sangster International Airport in Mntego Bay, 100km from the resort.
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Ocho Rios is a bustling town, based around its port. Cruise ships regularly stop off at the harbour so there’s always a lively atmosphere with travellers wanting to get the most out of their time in town. You’ll find a great selection of bars and restaurants here, alongside some of the best nightlife in Jamaica. Kick back on the white sands of Turtle Beach, or hire some diving equipment and explore the tropical underwater reefs. Ocho Rios is also home to lush green landscapes and some great natural attractions, like the famous 600ft Dunn’s River Falls.
Whether you want to relax on the sand or party ‘til the early hours, you’ll find the perfect beach for you in Ocho Rios. One of Jamaica’s biggest beaches is Turtle Beach, lined with coconut palms and beachside restaurants. If you’d like to try snorkelling, head to Mahogany Beach. Its clear waters and neon coral reefs are just waiting to be explored. Reggae Beach is one of the more secluded beaches. Comfy lounge chairs and umbrellas are dotted across its powder-white sands. It’s also one of the best places in Ocho Rios in the evenings. Head to a beachside bar for pumping reggae music and plates of grilled lobster.
Climbing the famous Dunn's River Falls is one of the most popular things to do in Ocho Rios. Weave your way up the 600ft waterfall to admire the amazing view of the island from the top. You could even swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove, or go horseback riding in the sea. If you like the idea of trekking through the Jamaican rainforest, take a canopy tour through a series of decks, bridges and platforms suspended in the trees. The Green Grotto Caves are one of Jamaica’s greatest natural wonders. Come here to see dramatic limestone formations and an eerie underground lake.
Stop by a roadside café for spicy jerk chicken or pork, traditionally served with coconut-flavoured flavoured rice and peas. Crunchy fried dumplings are a popular side dish. For a real taste of Jamaica, try ackee and saltfish, the national dish of Jamaica. Soft and squidgy ackee is a mild fruit, and it’s delicious served with savoury salted cod. After dark, Ocho Rios’ bars come alive with the sounds of reggae music. Stop at one for a cocktail, made with rich Jamaican rum.
Explorers: Take a canopy tour through the Jamaican rainforest and head underground to the eerie Green Grotto Caves.
Beach lovers: Relax on the powder white sands of Turtle Beach and explore the coral reefs at Mahogany Beach.
Foodies: Tuck into spicy jerk chicken and crunchy fried dumplings.
Language: The language spoken in Ocho Rios is English
Currency: The currency used in Ocho Rios is the Jamaican Dollar ($)
Local time: Ocho Rios is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: The nearest airport to Ocho Rios is Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, 100km from the resort
Flight time from UK: 9 hours
Tourist Information: Further Ocho Rios tourist information can be found at www.visitjamaica.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Ocho Rios.
Temperature: A brilliant 25-30 (°C) all year round
Best time to visit: Between December and April when it’s slightly cooler with little rainfall.
Jamaica basks in year-round sunshine so it’s always warm. If you’re interested in trying lots of outdoor activities, the cooler months are between December and April.
By taxi: Taxis are the most popular way to get around Ocho Rios. Make sure you book a taxi with a red number plate, as these are the official taxis of Jamaica.
By bus: Many hotels and resorts offer their own free bus services that might save you the hassle of booking a local taxi. Check the details of your hotel in Ocho Rios for shuttle bus services.
By tour van: When you book a tour, a van will usually pick you up at your hotel.
Ocho Rios Jazz Festival: This eight day music event is held every June in Ocho Rios and draws some of the biggest names in jazz.
The Bob Marley Experience: Departing from Ocho Rios, this tour will take you to the village of Nine Mile, to discover the legend of Bob Marley in his spiritual home.
Bacchanal Jamaica: Throughout Easter, Jamaica hits carnival season with a range of wild parties, all-night events and music festivals across the island. In Ocho Rios, revellers descend on Chukka Cove for some of the best parties in Jamaica.