| Ocho Rios: Introduction
Ocho Rios is the garden center of Jamaica and
its lushest area is Dunn’s River Falls. This spectacular waterfall,
the top attraction, is a series of falls that cascade from the mountains
to the sea. Here, you don’t just view the falls, but actually climb
up them. Led by a sure-footed Jamaican guide (who wears everyone’s
cameras slung around his neck), groups work their way up the falls
hand-in-hand like a human daisy chain.
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Adventure Guide - This travel guide walks with the adventurous
traveler to the heart of Jamaica, to the miles of sand beaches,
to the rugged Blue Mountains, to the country villages that provide
a peek at the real Jamaica|
West of Ocho Rios in
the town of Oracabessa, 007 fans can visit the James Bond Beach.
Located near Ian Fleming’s former home, Goldeneye, the beach has
plenty of options for a day of activity: Wave Runners, helicopter
tours and horseback rides, as well as a beach bar and grill.
The town of Ocho Rios, often known by the nickname Ochi, sits on
the north coast. The main road, called the North Coast Highway or
A3 along this stretch, slices through the city, following the coastline.
(Dunn’s River Falls is on the western side of town.) This entire
stretch of road is lined with stony bluffs. Between the hills and
the sea there is just enough room for a road and a strip of beach.
As you approach the city from the western end, driving from Montego
Bay, you’ll first see the cruise ship terminal. From here, you’ll
be moving into the town itself. The North Coast Highway becomes
DaCosta Drive; off that and parallel runs Main Street, where many
of the shops and the crafts market are located. The main road continues
east through town toward the large resorts, most of which lie east
of the city.
South of Ocho Rios are the hills that make this region so beautiful.
Shaw Park Gardens and Coyaba River Garden and Museum, as well as
the beautiful Enchanted Garden Resort are situated high in these
green hills off Milford Road, the southern exit from town. Milford
Road also travels through one of the island’s most striking areas,
Fern Gully, a tunnel of greenery.
Some of Jamaica’s most beautiful areas are found south of Ocho
Rios along A3, passing miles of rolling hills and fertile farmland.
TIP: Ganja farmers maintain fields just off these Norman Rockwell
roads. Don’t stray off the road for your own protection.
West of Ocho Rios is Runaway Bay, one of the smaller tourist destinations,
a stop between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. The area is actually a
collection of several resorts and guests of these resorts often
take day trips into either city.
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• Where to stay
• Where to eat
• Things to see & do
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