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 enjoy more of your vacation out in the fresh air? You may be pleased to know 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 visitors are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Ocho Rios offers multiple options, including 4 waterfalls.

You might want to visit 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.

A second attraction 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 following table enables you to get more information on the 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 visit the local park, as well as 2 botanical gardens in and around Ocho Rios.

Dunn's River Park is found 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 attraction in this category is Turtle River Falls and Gardens. Visitors to Turtle River Falls and Gardens will be able to explore the various plants and features of a tropical rain forest, all while staying within the city. Additionally, the walkway through the forests is perfect for those who want to experience the nature without the full hiking commitment.

The parks and gardens worth considering can be seen down 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 idea of spending some time surrounded by 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 fun idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Ocho Rios are shown directly 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

If you want to learn about more points of interest beyond this category, you might want to look farther afield. To read about other other attractions for Ocho Rios, go to this article.


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