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 like spending time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You might be pleased to know the area has a popular 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 visitors to the area have heard about the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Ocho Rios offers some great options, including 4 waterfalls.

You might enjoy a visit to Dunn's River Falls, which is found 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.

Another choice to consider Mahoe Falls. It is located within 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 table just below summarizes more 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 the local park, or 2 botanical gardens in and around Ocho Rios.

Dunn's River Park is located in western Ocho Rios. In addition to the majestic Dunn's River Waterfall, the park features a restaurant, a stage for live entertainment, food stands, a gazebo and beautiful tropical vegetation.

A second popular attraction 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 you'll be able to find are summarized right 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 spending some time with interesting animals tickles your fancy, consider visiting Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios. There is so much to do at Dolphin Cove that makes it more than a "swim with the dolphins" experience. Guest are also given the opportunity to learn about what it takes to care for the marine mammal, how to train them, and more.

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 go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Ocho Rios can be seen in the following table.

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

If you are seeking a wider selection of attractions beyond just these, you can find others. For more details about other attractions, visit this page.


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