Things to do in Ocho Rios

Places to visit

Shaw Park Gardens - Shaw Park Road, Ocho Rios

The Shaw Park Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden located in the hills above Ocho Rios. The 25 acre garden has around 600 species of flower along with a variety of ferns and shrubs such as bougainvillea, palms and hibiscus. The gardens offer a tremendous view of Ocho Rios and are tiered over many levels, allowing for the sustenance of various species of plants that thrive under differing altitudes. The garden also features a majestic waterfall which cascades down and instills an image of tranquility.

Dunn’s River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls is arguably the top tourist attraction in Jamaica. The falls are located within acres of woodland with the 200m waterfall in the epicenter and that flows onto the beach below. What sets Dunn’s River Falls apart from other spectacular waterfalls around the world is that you can actually climb up the water face (not just the surrounding rocks). Guided tours leave regularly.

Dolphin Cove

Dolphin Cove offers the chance to swim with bottlenose dolphins. Various programs are offered which feature different interactions with the dolphins from touching them as they swim past to holding their fins. There also are a range of other activities such as swimming with stingrays or mini-boat rides.

Reggae Xplosion

Island Village Shopping Center; Main Street
It is a great place to visit for those with an interest in Jamaican music. The museum showcases many forms of Jamaican music (Mento, Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall).

Mystic Mountain

The park offers three main attractions a chairlift (the “Rainforest Sky Explorer”), zip-lines (the “Rainforest Zip-line Tranopy Tour”) and a bobsled ride experience (the “Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica”).

Ocho Rios Craft Park- Main Street

The largest market in Ocho Rios, housing over 100 vendors and craftsmen offering a variety of services
Coyaba Gardens- Shaw Park Ridge East
Coyaba Gardens offers a variety of attractions in one location, the botanical gardens, Mahoe Falls and the Arawak Museum.

Golf

  • SANDALS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB--- 876-975-0119
    This course takes advantage of the verdant scenery for which Ocho Rios is known. The lovely clubhouse has an elegant restaurant and bar to enjoy after play. Par 72.
  • BRACO VILLAGE RESORT GOLF CLUB--- 876-954-0010
    West of Runaway Bay on North Coast Highway

    This nine-hole course and club includes a putting green and driving range. Par 28.
  • BREEZES GOLF AND BEACH RESORT--- 876-973-2561 North Coast Highway
    This championship course sits across the street from the Breezes Resort and many of its guests use the excellent facilities. The course has hosted such events as the Heineken World Cup Western Zone Qualifier and the Jamaica Open. The course includes a clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop. Par 72.

Beaches:

Turtle Beach, Mahogany Beach, Island Village Beach, Columbus Foot Beach

Bars and Nightclubs:

Ocean’s 11
Treasure Hunt
Skydock
Margaritaville
The Twisted Kilt
The Brown Cow

Restaurants:

Hard Rock Café
Evitas
Coco Brown’s
John Crow Tavern
Mama Marley’s
Ocho Rios Jerk Centre
The Ruins at the Falls
Roadside Diner
Spring Garden Café
Margaritaville
The Blue Cantina
Hong Kong International
The Almond Tree
The Twisted Kilt

Blue Hole

Rated as better than Dunn's River Fall, Blue Hole will captivate any visitor, with the water being crystal clear and absolutely cool and relaxing. The hillside is populated with lush, beautiful trees, vines, orchids and ferns. The water in the lagoon is a deep turquoise color that changes as the level of sunlight changes.

Peat Taylor Tour: 876-975-0028

Bicycling

Ocho Rios is a better choice for bicyclists than bustling Montego Bay, but still use caution along the North Coast Highway. Rental bikes are available at:

Abe Rental & Sales Ltd - 876-974-1008

Jake’s Bike Rental - 876-973-4403

Scuba Diving

Ocho Rios offers a variety of choices for those interested in scuba. You can see an assortment of coral reef, morays, and varied fish life including barracudas, rays turtles, and sharks. Choose from dive sites ranging from 20 ft. to 140 ft. based on your level of expertise. Beginner, intermediate, or advanced scuba lessons offered. For more information, contact one of Ocho Rios’ dive operators:
Boscobel: 876-974-2353 or 876-957-7330
Couples Ocho Rios: 876-975-4271/2/3/4/5
Enchanted Gardens: 876-972-1937
Fantasea: 876-974-2552
Garfield’s Dive Station: 876-974-5794
Jamaqua Dive Centre: 876-973-4845

Horse Back Riding

Combine trails and waves in this one-of-a-kind adventure, the Horseback Ride ‘N’ Swim! with Chukka Tour. After riding horses through Jamaica’s back country trails, swim horseback in the Caribbean Sea!
Chukka: 1-877-424-8552

White River

Experience the inner child on your vacation or have entire family can enjoy river tubing and swimming as you encounter many swimming holes on your trip down the river; making a stop midway, where you can swing on a rope and jump into the deep blue river water while having your pictures taken... or sitting by the bar chugging a cold Redstripe beer. There is also a shop where you can buy souvenirs and craft items.

Ochoriostour: (876) 370-2186