Nearby Activities

Dunn’s River Falls

This is the one attraction that just about every cruise ship passenger and hotel/resort guest enjoys, a spectacular series of falls that are actually climbable. Guides lead groups up the falls, and at the end of the climb you are lead into a market with vendors selling crafts, carvings, and t-shirts. Be prepared to get wet and have fun at Dunn’s River Falls, but don’t expect a quiet, private getaway. The adventure here can be trying to work your way through crowds of tourists.

Cranbrook Flower Forest

A popular picnic destination for families, this beautiful garden also offers a good hike. It is about an hour walk from the central gardens to the waterfalls.

Bicycling

Ocho Rios is a better choice for bicyclists than bustling Montego Bay, but still use caution along the North Coast Highway. Rental bikes are available at:

Abe Rental & Sales Ltd   -  876-974-1008

Jake’s Bike Rental   -  876-973-4403

Scuba Diving

Ocho Rios offers a variety of choices for those interested in scuba. You can see an assortment of coral reef, morays, and varied fish life including barracudas, rays turtles, and sharks. Choose from dive sites ranging from 20 ft. to 140 ft. based on your level of expertise. Beginner, intermediate, or advanced scuba lessons offered. For more information, contact one of Ocho Rios’ dive operators:

  • Boscobel--- 876-974-2353 or 876-957-7330
  • Couples Ocho Rios--- 876-975-4271/2/3/4/5
  • Enchanted Gardens--- 876-972-1937
  • Fantasea--- 876-974-2552
  • Garfield’s Dive Station--- 876-974-5794
  • Jamaqua Dive Centre--- 876-973-4845
Golf
  • SANDALS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB--- 876-975-0119

This course takes advantage of the verdant scenery for which Ocho Rios is known. The lovely clubhouse has an elegant restaurant and bar to enjoy after play. Par 72.

  • BRACO VILLAGE RESORT GOLF CLUB--- 876-954-0010

West of Runaway Bay on North Coast Highway

This nine-hole course and club includes a putting green and driving range. Par 28.

  • BREEZES GOLF AND BEACH RESORT--- 876-973-2561 North Coast Highway

This championship course sits across the street from the Breezes Resort and many of its guests use the excellent facilities. The course has hosted such events as the Heineken World Cup Western Zone Qualifier and the Jamaica Open. The course includes a clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop. Par 72.

Hiking

An easy walk in Ocho Rios is the One Love Trail, a roadside paved walkway with sea views. It runs from the bauxite factory to Dunn’s River Falls.

Fishing

Go out with an operator for a half-day or full day of deep-sea fishing off the coast. Those with experience may bring home tonight’s dinner! Local fishing operators:

  • Broadreach Cruises--- 876-974-2527
  • King Fisher & Sun Fisher--- 876-974-2726 or 876-974-2260
  • Sunfisher Ltd--- 876-994-2294
Polo

Go out with an operator for a half-day or full day of deep-sea fishing off the coast. Those with experience may bring home tonight’s dinner! Local fishing operators:

  • CHUKKA COVE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE--- 876-972-2506 North Coast Highway

Chukka Cove, located just outside Ocho Rios, is one of the best Polo facilities in the Caribbean, and is home to many international matches. Chukka also offers horseback riding excursions. Open daily and admission charged

Shopping

One of the top shopping area’s is Soni’s Plaza, on Main Street, filled with duty-free shops offering good buys on jewelry, watches, perfumes, liquor, and more. Ocho Rios also has two craft parks, both off Main Street. There you will find over 150 vendors selling a variety of handmade goods from sandals to wood carvings to straw goods.

Nightlife

Much of the late-night action in Ocho Rios takes place in the resorts and along a stretch of James Street known as the Reggae Strip. This Reggae Strip comes alive every Thursday evening starting at 7 p.m. At that time, the street bustles with live entertainers and booths offering local cuisine. One of the top nightspots in town is Jamaic’n Me Crazy at the Renaissance Jamaica Grande. It’s popular with both locals and travelers.