Ocho Rios Port of Call
Sandy beaches at Ocho Rios © Paul Micallef
On Jamaica's north coast, and the country's most popular cruise destination, Ocho Rios is a modern resort and cruise liner playground surrounded by breathtaking tropical mountain and beach scenery.
The best and most popular sights just outside the city include the Dunn's River Falls, a series of waterfalls which empty out into the Caribbean Sea, and nearby Dolphin Cove, where dolphins swim with visitors in a natural setting. However, many visitors find that the glorious Ocho Rios beaches are more than enough to occupy them for several blissful days!
Cruise ships either dock at Ocho Rios Bay cruise terminal located in the central part of town, or Reynolds Pier. When these are full, cruise liners anchor in the harbour and tender passengers into town. The cruise terminals are free of vendors and taxi solicitors.
A tourism office is located in the cruise ship terminal.
Inside the cruise terminal visitors can arrange for a taxi pick-up or take a shuttle. Outside the terminal, passengers can regularly find waiting taxi drivers; it is best to agree on a fare vefore setting off. JUTA taxies are registered by the government and recommended. There are no buses departing from the cruise terminals although they are available in town.
In the city, shopping centres and recreation areas abound, but the best attractions are provided by the wonderful natural scenery. Dunn's River Falls and Dolphin Cove are the most popular but rainforest preserve Fern Gully is also a special sight. Nearby beaches are resort-owned and operated which offers a reprieve from the aggressive vendors in the rest of the town for travellers. There are also some top golf courses that welcome visitors.
BiBiBips - Caribbean cuisine on an open-air veranda with live reggae music.
The Ocho Rios Jerk Center - Very casual open air restaurant centred around all things jerk.
Evita's - A Celebrity favourite with hilltop views and Italian food.
With at least six different shopping markets there is one around every corner in Ocho Rios. Items ranging from duty-free luxury goods best found in the port shops to local crafts which can be found in the craft markets. Prices are usually highly inflated and tough bargaining is expected in the markets.
Coffee, rum, jerked meat
Visit Chukka Cove
Tube the White River
Pay respects at the Bob Marley Mausoleum
See the Green Grotto Caves