Ocho Rios tourist attractions are a mix of classic island attractions, complete with beaches and blue skies. The destination for many Jamaica cruise ship passengers has a strong infrastructure packed with fun things to do both on and off the beach. Not far from the terminal, you’ll find endless opportunities for fun—swimming with dolphins, climbing a waterfall, and duty-free shopping are just the beginning of the adventure.
Waterfalls & Whitewater
Waterfalls & Whitewater
When you close your eyes and dream about a tropical island, chances are you’ll think about beaches lined with palm trees, tumbling waterfalls, and endless blue skies. A very real version of that scene is found here. The collection of Ocho Rios tourist attractions includes many ways to connect with nature, especially its waterfalls and whitewater experiences. The most famous of the bunch is Dunn’s River Falls. After you’ve seen the falls, you’ll have the chance to add a little adventure to your tours. Some visitors climb to the top of the falls, while others just admire its beauty. The adjacent chairlift and bobsled track (no snow needed) also add some fun to your visit. Ocho Rios visitors also flock to Dolphin Cove, surrounded by a lush tropical rain forest. Here, they have the chance to snorkel with stingrays and swim with dolphins. The park is also home to a coffee bar, interactive animal shows, and even glass-bottom kayaking.
With a trip about 30 minutes inland, you’ll have access to some of the best whitewater rafting in the Caribbean. Outfitters will pick visitors up at the terminal or their resorts and bring them to the Rio Bueno River for whitewater rafting and whitewater tubing adventures.
Whether you’ve arrived on a cruise ship, flights to Jamaica or some other way, chances are good you’ll want to spend some time along the beach. Between the clear blue waters of the Caribbean, green hills, and blue skies, the beaches of Ochos Rios are especially delightful. The in-town beaches along Jamaica’s north shore are popular both with resort guests and cruisers. Not far away from the cruise ship terminal, Reggae Beach offers a stretch of white sand lines by towering palm trees. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun and go snorkeling. It’s also home to a restaurant with some of the best jerk chicken on the island. If you’re looking for a truly secluded beach, consider a trip outside of town to James Bond Beach, located 20 minutes away in Oracabessa. Named for the famous fictional spy, the beach is located close to home where his creator Ian Fleming spent many of his summers.
Duty Free Shopping
While it’s not hard to find shopping wherever you go in the Caribbean, Ocho Rios excels in this arena. Duty free shopping is one of the favorite Ocho Rios tourist attractions. Thanks to the modern cruise pier and an abundance of stores, it’s easy to find great buys and fantastic merchandise in and around Ocho Rios. A pair of retail centers are home to the majority of the area’s duty-free shopping—Island Centre and Taj Mahal. The first is found near the cruise ship terminal and features beautiful lagoons and tropical trees along the boardwalk. Its duty-free shops feature watches, cigars and jewelry, along with rum and other spirits. Island Centre is also home to an outpost of Margaritaville, gaming and an interactive reggae museum. Open-air shopping is also found at Taj Mahal, where you can shop for Hummel porcelain figurines, name-brand jewelers and watches, along with crystal and other luxuries. Specialty shops, boutiques, and crafts are also found throughout Ocho Rios.