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 part of your vacation out in the fresh air? You might be happy to learn the area has an interesting 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

Although most tourists are attracted by the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Ocho Rios offers multiple choices, including 4 waterfalls.

You might want to visit Dunn's River Falls, which is located within western Ocho Rios. Dunn River Falls is located just to the East of Ocho Rios, just across from Dolphin Cove, look for the signs that will show you the way. Additionally, most tour groups have trips to this popular location.

Another available option is Mahoe Falls. It is situated in southwestern Ocho Rios. This is a perfect waterfall for swimming, and it gives you choices; Mahoe Falls has several pools, all at different heights and each unique.

The table below offers more information about 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

Guests can spend some time in the local park, as well as 2 botanical gardens in and around Ocho Rios.

Dunn's River Park is located in western Ocho Rios. Ample parking is available for those driving their own cars. Or, you can take a taxi or shuttle bus from downtown Ocho Rios.

Another popular choice in this category is Turtle River Falls and Gardens. Coming out of Fern Gully or coming from St. Mary, at the main intersection with the stop-light go in a westerly direction towards St. Ann's Bay on the Bypass. there is a left turn going uphill on the corner of a closed down restaurant called "Ruins by the Falls", this left turn is Eden Bower Road.

The parks and gardens available are listed here:

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 idea of spending 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 fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Ocho Rios are displayed right below.

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'll find other attraction types available too. Anyone who needs to get more details about other attractions on this page.


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