Ocho Rios, which is Spanish for “Eight Rivers” is located on the north coast of Jamaica, in the parish of Saint Ann.
It is probably best known for use in Dr. No., the first James Bond film released in 1962.
Ocho Rios is a port of call for many cruise lines and has some of the most luxurious resorts on the island.
One of the best things about staying in Ocho Rios is that most of its attractions are within a small area and are kid-friendly. And believe me, this small town is packed with attractions and fun things to do.
Here are the top 8 things to do when you are in Ocho Rios.
The Dolphin Cove
Dolphin Cove is a perfect spot for kids and adults alike.
You get the wonderful opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural surroundings, which is within a protected area.
There is also a beach, a Jungle Trail and you can enjoy a ride in the glass-bottom kayak.
You can easily spend the entire afternoon at Dolphin Cove.
Scotchie Jerk Restaurant
Scotchies’s Jerk Restaurant is a must stop for anyone visiting Ocho Rios.
When you hear “jerk” you think of hot spices but don’t let that scare you as hot sauce is put on the side.
Scotchie’s is known for its jerk chicken and pork and is a highly recommended casual spot. Prices are affordable and
Prices are affordable and food is delicious!
Scotchie’s is a truly authentic Jamaican dining experience.
Dunn’s River Falls
Considered as one of Jamaica’s national treasures, Dunn’s River Falls has to be Ocho Rios’ most long-standing and most popular attraction. And for good reason.
This is a place you MUST visit even once in your lifetime! Depending on when you visit Dunn’s River Falls, because of it’s popularity, you may find a crowd but don’t let that deter you. There is ample space – the falls
Depending on when you visit Dunn’s River Falls, because of it’s popularity, you may find a crowd but don’t let that deter you. There is ample space. the falls
The falls cascade 600 feet down into a pool. You get to climb up the waterfall and unto rocks which form steps, guided by a well-trained guide.
If you plan to climb the falls at Dunn’s River, be sure to wear water shoes. It
It is not recommended that young children try to climb these falls – they can still enjoy the lovely beach. Plan to spend 1-2 hours.
The Blue Hole
The Blue Hole in recent years has become Jamaica’s #1 attraction.
The drive to Blue hole is a bumpy one but so worth this once in a lifetime experience.
Blue Hole is home to many waterfalls fed by natural cool springs. A guide is a must here – they will tell you where to jump and where the rocks are.
Be sure to wear water shoes and bring a GoPro if you have one.
Toscanini Restaurant is a romantic getaway for couples and also a very family friendly place.
Lella, the owner, comes from an Italian town and takes pride in her restaurant and food. They use the finest ingredients so expect the finest prices!
The food is fantastic and with great wine pairings and that is why if you choose to break out of your hotel for dinner, this is a must place to fine dine.
Fern Gully is a former riverbed and runs about three miles through the valley. When you drive through, you will see an abundance of beautiful ferns and hardwood trees.
Before the earthquake in 1907 this was one of the eight flowing rivers in the Ocho Rios area. Surprisingly, the river vanished during the earthquake and the riverbed was paved into a road.
Driving through Fern Gully is absolutely breathtaking. The air is amazingly crisp and pure.
Shaw Park Gardens & Waterfalls
Shaw Park Gardens & Waterfalls is located in the hills of Ocho Rios. This is a very nice outing for nature loving families and garden enthusiasts.
This place is also a photographer’s dream! This is home to gorgeous birds, plants, flowers and a small waterfall.
This is a nice excursion if coming from the cruise port and can be easily combined with Dunn’s River Falls all in the same day. The view of the Ocho Rios harbour from the top of Shaw Park is just stunning.
Konoko Falls is a great retreat to relax within nature and take a journey through Jamaica’s historic past.
It is nestled in the hills of St. Ann and you will get an amazing panoramic view of Ocho Rios.
Konoko Falls has a rainforest, museum, gift shop, feeding station, juice bar, bridal lounge, mini zoo, jerk pit and bar, Columbus Café and beautiful crystal clear waterfalls.
There are parrots that they will put on your shoulder and a bird enclosure you can enter to feed birds by hand.
Konoko Falls is a quieter alternative to Dunn’s River Falls and an excellent alternative.
This place was recently refurbished and is getting great reviews by all! Fantastic outing for kids! Plan to stay about 2 hours here.