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 experiencing the wind in your face, you will find two places that can help make it happen. Those needing to find more details about this topic can do so here.


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 in the area. For a more thorough discussion of diving in this area click here.


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

Enjoy fishing? There are two charter operators that operate in this area. Anyone who needs to find out more concerning fishing in this area can do so by going to this page.


Jamaica Golf

If you're a golf fanatic you probably realize Ocho Rios isn't exactly flooded with golf greens. However, there is one course in the area. The only course in the area is Sandals Golf and Country Club. To get more information on golf throughout Jamaica, follow this link.

Sailing and Boating

More information about area firms that will enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be seen down below.

Boating Opportunities In Ocho Rios
Name Type Phone Location Island
Cool Runnings Cruises Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (876) 974-2446 Ocho Rios Jamaica

If you want to find out about area marinas and charter operators navigate to this page.


Shopping in Ocho Rios

If your group includes some avid shoppers they can "discover" some of the area's 75 retail shops. To reach our complete guide to shopping in Ocho Rios, read this article.


Coyaba River Garden and Museum

You should plan on spending a day experiencing the sights and culture of Ocho Rios. Sights of interest to visitors include at least one historic site and various other attractions of interest to tourists. If you enjoy nature, you can enjoy visiting the area's waterfalls, outdoor park, and botanical gardens. Those wanting to learn more about area sightseeing opportunities can do so by clicking here.

Check out the table just below to see a firm that can direct you to some of the most enjoyable local sights.

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
Lees Elite Travel & Tours (876) 974-7500 Ocho Rios
Little Shaw Park Tours (876) 974-2177 Ocho Rios
World Tours & Cruises (876) 974-1152 Ocho Rios


Enjoying a spa could be the highlight of your entire vacation. If you'd like to go to a spa, you might be happy to know there are a few in this area. To read a more complete discussion of this topic, visit this article about spas in this area.


Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit 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 information may help with you make a decision. You can view the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on the names to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Ocho Rios
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Downtown Ocho Rios 2 check
Sandals Grande Rivera 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 Jamaica Grande offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Information concerning a few other activities are provided in the chart below.

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
Mystic Mountain Amusement/Theme Park (876) 974-3990 1.3 mi. West of Downtown Ocho Rios

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