Ocho Rios, locally known as Ochi, a town on the lush forests in north coast of Jamaica, top cruise port destination due to its rapidly growth.
Ocho Rios features duty-free shopping, world-renowned tourist attractions, several beautiful beaches, and more than 3,000 acres of incredible waterfalls and sparkling rivers.
Curious of what to do in Ocho Rios while cruising? We tell you:
1. River Tube + Dunn’s River Falls
Since we were just talking about rivers, let’s start with taking a ride through the three-mile river on a river tube, and climbing Dunn’s River Falls-if you’re more adventurous. You will certainly enjoy two of Jamaica’s most amazing natural attractions: it’s fresh water rivers, and amazing cascading falls.
The Dunn’s River Falls is unique, one of Jamaica’s most famous attraction, attracting millions of the world’s visitors each year. You don’t want to miss it.
2. Forest Canopy
Zip-line through the lush tropical Jamaican rain forest and enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of some spectacular natural beauty.
3. Bamboo Beach Club
This is not just another white sand, clear blue water beach. Bamboo Beach is breathtaking, a truly tropical paradise located on Reggae Beach, one of the nicest beaches in Ocho Rios. Grab a beach lounger, sip on delicious Jamaican mojitos and dance to a mix of local and reggae beats.
Insider tip: make sure to get VIP package on this tour for unlimited food + drinks 🙂
4. Bob Marley’s Home
Speaking of reggae beats, curious about where the reggae legend used to rest while playing his beautiful songs? You’ll learn about the Rastafarian religion and exciting stories about the icon BM.
5. Try local cuisine
From salt fish dish to oxtail soup, make sure to try some local restaurants, such as Ms. T’s kitchen, Ocho Rios Jerk Center and Mongoose.
Insider note: you will taste dishes made with native Ocho Rios spices. YUM!
Still on Jamaica, now it’s time to share about our fun times in Montego Bay, or MoBay as the locals call it, the capital of St. James. Did you know Montego Bay is the second largest city and the number one tourist location in Jamaica?
Land of natural wonders, beautiful beaches, rich cultural heritage and delicious cruise. Try some of our recommendations for a FUN cruise vacation you won’t soon forget.
1. Croydon Plantation
Sure Jamaica is known by its stunning beaches, but there are so much else to do while there. Croydon is one of the things you must do! Beautiful plantation of exotic fruits, coffee, honey, and one of the last working plantations in Jamaica.
2. The Haunted Rose Hall Great House
Built in 1770, the house sits on a hill overlooking the ocean and features breathtaking views along with beautiful gardens.
Also known for its history of slavery, the house offers very historic and educational day and night tours. Night tours feature haunted house themes with lots of scary surprises, and the rumor has it that a ghost named Annie Palmer still roams the house. Definitely an exciting and fun activity to do in MoBay.
3. ATV Adventure at Sandy Bay
If you’re feeling adventurous and up for some adrenaline, embark in this thrilling off-road tour aboard an ATV or Dune Buggy through Sandy Bay. This ride will take you through plantation ruins and countryside living.
4. Explore Downtown
Sam Sharpe Square – heart of downtown, the square is full of culture and a great place to have a historical overview of Jamaica’s slavery period.
Hip Strip – just 10 minutes drive – Popular tourist street in Montego Bay, located on Gloucester Avenue, with plenty of shopping outlets, eateries, art galleries, and museums. While visiting the strip, make sure to sample some delicious Jamaican Cuisine, such the Pelicans, Scotchie’s, Chill Out hut, Pier One, Juici, and Tastee.