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.  


Dunn's River Beach

There are a large number of beaches to visit in the area. Snorkeling is available at some of the beaches, for vacationers who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the beach names to get additional information concerning that specific 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.

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Another place that beach-goers can 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: Mallards Beach is located in the center of Ocho Rios. This narrow stretch of ivory sand goes eastward, and its backdrop is dominated by area hotels.

These examples are only a few of what's available. Click this link to find our page concerning beaches for Ocho Rios.


Coyaba River Garden and Museum

If you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Coyaba River Garden and Museum. It is located in southwestern Ocho Rios. The Coyaba River Garden and Museum is an indoor/outdoor facility that mainly focuses on native Arawak Indians and Spanish settlers. Inside, guests will find a collection of artifacts that detail the life and culture of the original inhabitants of Jamaica.

Another landmark worth seeing 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 following chart provides more information on a few museums in Ocho Rios.

Museums In Ocho Rios
Name Phone Location
Coyaba River Garden and Museum (876) 974-6235 1.2 mi. South of Downtown Ocho Rios
Reggae Xplosion (876) 675-8793 Ocho Rios

Historical Sites

Enjoy exploring the history of countries you visit? If so, you might want to visit a historical site during your stay.

Annandale Great House is a historical site near 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

Vacationers who enjoy spending time outdoors are likely to enjoy 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 worth considering 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.

Needless to say, there are a full range choices too. To visit our full guide to natural attractions in Ocho Rios, read this page.


Jamaica Casinos

Ready for some action? Visitors hoping to test their luck will find several places to go in and near the area.

Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios has dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before, during or after the gaming action. 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.

If you want to try your luck at the slots, you should check out Sunset Jamaica Grande Casino. The area sanctioned as a casino at the Sunset Jamaica Grande is little more than a collection of slot machines lined up along a wall, but it gets the job done for tourists who want to get a little gaming in.

The gaming choices in and near Ocho Rios are listed right below.

Gambling In and Around Ocho Rios
Name Type Located At Phone Location
RIU Ocho Rios Casino Casino Riu Ocho Rios (876) 972-2200 5.6 mi. West of Central Ocho Rios
Sunset Jamaica Grande Casino Slot Machine Arcade Moon Palace Jamaica Grande (876) 974-2201 Downtown Ocho Rios
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino -- (876) 974-8169 Downtown Ocho Rios

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