Attractions in Ocho Rios

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A busy cruise port, Ocho Rios is a great destination for tourists who like to keep things moving.  Whether you'll spend your days touring cultural sites or hiking through a nature preserve and your nights partying or relaxing there are plenty of ways to satisfy every type of traveler.  

Beaches

Dunn's River Beach

You'll find a large selection of beaches to visit in the area. Snorkeling is available at some of these beaches, for vacationers who enjoy this relaxing pastime. Click on each beach name to get additional information about that beach.

Dunn's River Beach: If you're looking for a spot with great island scenery and beachfront ambiance, Dunn's River Beach is just the right oceanfront location for your afternoon at the beach.

Attractions Map

Another option to consider is Turtle Beach. Easy to access and in the heart of Ocho Rios, you may also hear it referred to as Ocho Rios Bay Beach. Public parking exists in multiple areas right next to the beach.

Mallards Beach: Patrons of Mallards Beach can mingle with other beachgoers while enjoying the festive atmosphere of this shore. The sands of Mallard Beach are open to the public, but many hotels claim the beach to be their own.

Ocho Rios is home to several additional beaches. To read a more detailed discussion of this specific topic, see this article.

Museums

Reggae Xplosion

Assuming you like to explore other people and places, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in Ocho Rios.

A museum you might enjoy is Reggae Xplosion, Jamaica is known around the world as the birthplace of reggae music, so what better place is there to learn about the history of the genre? Reggae Xplosion showcases the history of Jamaican music, all the way back to the African influences that started it all.

The chart just below summarizes some key facts regarding a museum you might enjoy in Ocho Rios.

Museums In Ocho Rios
Name Phone Location Island
Reggae Xplosion (876) 675-8793 Ocho Rios Jamaica

Historical Sites

In case you enjoy experiencing the history of a foreign country, you might want to visit a historical site while vacationing in Ocho Rios.

Annandale Great House is a historical site just outside of Ocho Rios. The old Annandale Great House was originally built in 1760, and since than has served as a home for many wealthy locals. While today it is mainly known as an accommodation, viewing the property from your car while passing by can be a nice and short side-trip.

Historic Sites Near Ocho Rios
Name Type Phone Location Island
Annandale Great House Historical Site -- Epworth, 4.6 mi. South West of Central Ocho Rios Jamaica

Natural Attractions

Turtle River Falls and Gardens

One of the worthwhile local attractions is Dunn's River Park. This park features Dunn's River Falls, a recreational center and lush tropical vegetation surrounding a 600 foot waterfall that attracts thousands of people each year.

A second attraction that needs mentioning is Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios. For many, swimming with Dolphins is a life long dream. At Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios, that dream can become a reality.

Ocho Rios is home to some other choices. Go to this page concerning natural attractions in Ocho Rios if you want to get some more specifics.

Casinos

Jamaica Casinos

In the mood for some action? Those interested in testing their luck will discover several opportunities to do so in and near the area.

Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios has a restaurant, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after you try your luck. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios features 140 gaming machines for gamblers to circulate amongst. When thirst calls, there is a bar on property.

The table right below has a few details regarding the gaming venues in and near Ocho Rios.

Gambling In and Around Ocho Rios
Name Located At Phone Location
RIU Ocho Rios Casino Riu Ocho Rios (876) 972-2200 5.6 mi. West of Central Ocho Rios
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios -- (876) 974-8169 Downtown Ocho Rios
 

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