Natural Attractions in Ocho Rios

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Sometimes a little fresh air is all you need to get your mind focused and your sense of well-being back on track.  In Ochio Rios, you'll have plenty of opportunity to breath in the great outdoors as you explore important sites which range from botanical gardens to waterfalls and also include a nature preserve. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to spend time outdoors? You may be happy to learn the area has a nice nature preserve available.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In Ocho Rios
Name Type Location Island
Mount Zion Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Ocho Rios Jamaica


Dunn's River Falls

Even though most visitors to the area come for the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Ocho Rios offers multiple choices, including 4 waterfalls.

You might enjoy a visit to Dunn's River Falls, which is located in western Ocho Rios. If you are looking for a truly unique experience, Dunn's River Falls is place you may want to visit. While you can enjoy the waterfall from afar and from the small pool below, the best way to experiences this waterfall is to climb up it rock by rock.

An additional attraction worth considering is Mahoe Falls. It is found in southwestern Ocho Rios. While this waterfall is not located far from Ocho Rios, you need to travel down many side roads to get there, so it may be best to get a guide. If you wish to attempt to find it your self the easiest way can be confusing.

The following chart provides you with a few details concerning waterfalls.

Waterfalls In Ocho Rios
Name Type Location
Dunn's River Falls Waterfall 1.9 mi. West of Downtown Ocho Rios
Mahoe Falls Waterfall 1.2 mi. South of Downtown Ocho Rios
Milford Falls Waterfall 0.5 mi. South West of Downtown Ocho Rios
Shaw Park Garden Falls Waterfall 0.5 mi. South West of Downtown Ocho Rios

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Turtle River Falls and Gardens

Visitors can spend some time in a park, as well as 2 botanical gardens in and around Ocho Rios.

Dunn's River Park is found in western Ocho Rios. 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 popular choice in this category is Turtle River Falls and Gardens. Featuring an extensive collection of flower gardens, rain forest exhibits, small ponds, and habitats for birds, the Turtle River Falls and Gardens provide an oasis of nature right in Ocho Rios.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find can be seen in the table below.

Parks and Gardens In and Around Ocho Rios
Name Type Location
Cranbrook Flower Forest and River Head Adventure Trail Botanical Garden 11.7 mi. West of Central Ocho Rios
Dunn's River Park Park 1.9 mi. West of Downtown Ocho Rios
Shaw Park Botanical Gardens & Water Falls Botanical Garden 0.7 mi. South West of Downtown Ocho Rios
Turtle River Falls and Gardens Botanical Garden 0.8 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Ocho Rios

Zoos and Aquariums

If the concept of passing some time at the zoo tickles your fancy, consider visiting Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios. Dolphin Cove is set adjacent to Dunn's River Falls.

Zoos In Ocho Rios
Name Type Location Island/th>
Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios Zoo 1.7 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Ocho Rios Jamaica

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in Ocho Rios are summarized here:

Land Formations In Ocho Rios
Name Type Location
Malards Bay Bay 0.6 mi. Northeast of Downtown Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios Bay Bay Downtown Ocho Rios
White River Bay Bay 1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Ocho Rios

Keep in mind that you will find a nice selection of kinds attractions available. If you need to get more details concerning other attractions here.


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