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.


Rio Nuevo is located on the eastern side of Tower Isle, a village near Nuevo Rio; it is 4.4 miles to the east of Ocho Rios.

Nearby Restaurants

Visitors to this river will have no problem finding a meal, since you'll find an exceptionally large selection of dining options within traveling distance. Glenn's Restaurant is a wonderful restaurant to fill up at on your way to visiting this river, and is the most convenient dining option from it. Tower Jerk Center & Bar and Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar are some of the additional dining options close-by. At Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar you and your group will be able to try out Italian dishes and experience the Jamaica culture.

Nearby Attractions

If you'd like to find out more about visiting a second river, make the trip to White River Valley, found 4.1 miles to the south west of Rio Nuevo. Other kinds of local attractions include Milford Falls, which is within driving range in Ocho Rios. You might also consider visiting Cove Theatre, which is another attraction in the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Attractions Near Rio Nuevo
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
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
Mahoe Falls GeoFeature 6.1 mi. (3.3 km) W 2.1 mi. South West of Ocho Rios

Location: Tower Isle, Jamaica


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