DescriptionOcho Rios, or Ochi as the locals call it, is on the north shore about 54 miles (87 km) from Kingston. A ballooning tourist industry has reinforced the town's bauxite harvesting, manufacturing and mining industries. The town's antique charm is complemented by its fine hotels, beautiful scenery, good shopping, active nightlife and stable climate. All manner of water sports are available both within the bay and along the coast. Ocho Rios is a popular port of call for private yachts as well as cruise ships.
Some of the island's oldest communities are within a few miles of Ocho Rios. St. Ann's Bay, 7 miles (11 km) west via Rte. A3, is said to be the final resting place of Christopher Columbus' last ships. The ruins of Sevilla Nueva, Jamaica's first settlement, are 9 miles (14 km) west. Laid out by the Spanish in 1509, the site is currently the subject of archeological research and guided tours are available.
Popular local tours include an excursion to Dunn's River Falls, a raft trip on the White River and a visit to Shaw Park Botanical Gardens, which has 34 acres (14 hectares) of tropical flora and a waterfall. The gardens are .75 miles (1.2 km) south on Rte. A3 then 1 mile (1.6 km) west, following signs; admission is charged. Ocho Rios' central location makes day trips to Kingston, Montego Bay and the interior manageable.
Attractions Dolphin Cove
Bobsledding Mystic Mountain, Rainforest Adventures
Summer Activities Chukka Caribbean Adventures
Ocho Rios, JAM
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