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.


Set in the eastern edge of Tower Isle, 1.2 miles west of Nuevo Rio, Rio Nuevo happily welcomes local customers and vacationers rooming in this village or its vicinity. Regardless of whether or not you're staying in this location, you should feel free to stop by for some fun in the sun. Ocho Rios is four and a half miles (seven kilometers) to the west.

Nearby Restaurants

Visitors to this river will have no problem finding a meal, since you're going to find a plentiful supply of food and drink providers in the general vicinity. The closest eatery to Rio Nuevo is Glenn's Restaurant, a wonderful locale to enjoy a meal at before checking out Rio Nuevo. Tower Jerk Center & Bar and Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar are a couple other nearby lunch and dinner possibilities. At Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar you and your group might try a bit of Italian cuisine and enjoy the local foods and culture of Jamaica.

Nearby Attractions

If you'd like to find out more about viewing another river, visit White River Valley, found four miles to the south west of this page's attraction. You'll find some additional activities in the area, including Milford Falls, which is within driving range in Ocho Rios. Also consider heading over to Cove Theatre, which is another nearby attraction.

Rivers are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions closest to Rio Nuevo.

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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