Rio Nuevo

River Nuevo is a small river that runs through Jamaica starting in the hills of St. Mary and into a town of the same name before entering the sea. The river is noted for leading to one of the island's favorite scuba diving spots, but also because an important battle between the English and Spanish took place along the river's banks.

At the end of the river, in the town of Rio Nuevo, visitors can stop to visit the place where the Rio Nuevo battle took place between the Spanish and English for control of the island in 1658. It was the most important battle in the island's history, and resulted in Jamaica becoming a British colony. The site now features a museum, a gazebo, and plaques that tell the tale of the epic battle.


Located in Tower Isle, 1.2 miles west of Nuevo Rio, Rio Nuevo welcomes local residents and travelers who are rooming in this village or in the surrounding area. Whether or not you are staying particularly close, you are free to drop by to check it out. In case you're wondering, Ocho Rios is four and a half miles (seven kilometers) to the west.

Nearby Restaurants

There are many eateries to choose from in the community near Rio Nuevo. The most proximate place to eat to Rio Nuevo is Glenn's Restaurant, a wonderful restaurant to eat at on your way to visiting Rio Nuevo. Tower Jerk Center & Bar and Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar offer additional restaurant choices nearby. At Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar you and your party can try a bit of Italian cuisine and experience the culture of Jamaica.

Nearby Attractions

If you are interested in seeing a second river, check out White River Valley, which is situated four miles to the south west of this page's attraction. Other kinds of local activities include Farm At Pantrepant, which is within traveling range in Saint Mary Parish. You might also want to think about making the trip to Milford Falls, which is another attraction nearby.

Rivers are a great attraction to visit, but there's more to visit in Jamaica. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

Attractions Near Rio Nuevo
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Farm At Pantrepant --Other Places-- 5.3 mi. (15.5 km) E 9.6 mi. East of Ocho Rios
Milford Falls GeoFeature 6.1 mi. (2.8 km) W Ocho Rios
Cove Theatre Other Activities/Excursions 6.1 mi. (2.8 km) W Downtown Ocho Rios
Shaw Park Garden Falls GeoFeature 6.1 mi. (2.9 km) W Ocho Rios

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