Activities in Ocho Rios

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Known locally as “Ochee,” Ocho Rios has become a bustling tourist town in recent years, and is overtaken by over a thousand cruise ship passengers each week.  These visitors and those staying long term are eager to find out which activities Ochee has to offer.  Most are quickly drawn to a hiking tour of the 3000 acres of land that remains undeveloped and leads to the famed Dunns River falls or a whitewater rafting adventure, while others will stay in town and sign up for snorkeling and diving tours, play golf, or get in a game of tennis.

Bike and Scooter Rental

Long distances between towns and the drivers in Jamaica do not make the island scooter or biker friendly. However, if you are well-versed in the rules of the road and safety procedures, renting one can be a scenic way to explore the area.

If you are thinking about feeling the wind on your face as you move along, you will find two rental agencies that can help make it happen. For a more comprehensive look at this topic, read this page, about bike and scooter rentals.


Ocho Rios Diving

With a selection of shallow sites nearby, Ocho Rios is a good choice for divers looking to develop their skills.

There are 4 dive operators to choose from. For a more comprehensive look at diving opportunities in this area read this article.


Just offshore of Ocho Rios, fishermen can find an assortment of large fish to test their angling skills on.

Hoping to reel in a big one during your vac ation? There are a couple of charter fishing companies operating in this area. You can find out more about fishing in this area can do so here.


Jamaica Golf

If you're a golf fanatic you may realize Ocho Rios isn't exactly paved with golf greens from end to end. However, there's one course to be aware of. The only course in the area is Sandals Golf and Country Club. For a more comprehensive look at this specific topic, see this guide, which discusses golf courses throughout Jamaica.


Shopping in Ocho Rios

If there are some people who enjoy exploring new shops in your group, they're not completely out of luck -- the area has more than 74 retail stores just waiting to be explored. To read our complete page about shopping in Ocho Rios, go to this page.


Reggae Xplosion

You really should set aside a day for experiencing the sights, sounds and culture of Ocho Rios. The area features at least one historic site and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Nature lovers might enjoy the area's waterfalls, outdoor park, and botanical gardens. To read a more detailed discussion of available sightseeing attractions, navigate to this page.

The table directly below has a few details concerning a firm that will help you enjoy some great sightseeing.

Sightseeing Services In Ocho Rios
Name Phone Location
Explorer Jamaica (877) 767-9993 Downtown Ocho Rios
Island Routes Caribbean Tours at Grande Ocho Rios Sandals (876) 974-5691 1.4 mi. East of Downtown Ocho Rios
King Fish Tours & Villa Rentals (876) 974-2726 Ocho Rios
Little Shaw Park Tours (876) 974-2177 Ocho Rios
World Tours & Cruises (876) 974-1152 Ocho Rios


Indulging in a trip to the spa might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. If a spa visit sounds like fun, you might be happy to know there are several options. To learn about more the options, check out this page.


Moon Palace Jamacia Grande

If you want to play some tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 7 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table can help clarify your options. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other details. Click on each name to learn about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Ocho Rios
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Moon Palace Jamacia Grande Downtown Ocho Rios 2 check
Sandals Ochi 1.4 mi. East of Downtown Ocho Rios 2 check
Couples Sans Souci 1.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Ocho Rios 4 check
Royal Plantation 1.6 mi. East of Downtown Ocho Rios 2 check
Sandals Royal Plantation 1.6 mi. East of Downtown Ocho Rios 2 check
Crane Ridge Suites Downtown Ocho Rios 2 check
Hibiscus Lodge 0.5 mi. Northeast of Downtown Ocho Rios -- check check

For instance, Moon Palace Jamacia Grande offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

The table directly below lists some key facts concerning other activities.

Other Activities In Ocho Rios
Name Type Phone Location
Carib Arcade Amusement Arcade -- 0.7 mi. East of Downtown Ocho Rios
Cove Theatre Movie Theater (876) 675-8884 Downtown Ocho Rios
Luxury Salon & Fitness Centre Fitness Centers and Instructors (876) 974-9852 Ocho Rios
Mystic Mountain Amusement/Theme Park (876) 974-3990 1.3 mi. West of Downtown Ocho Rios

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