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Destination Travel Guide for Visitors to Jamaica OCHO RIOS

Ocho Rios (NOT Ochos Rios...) is a well known Port of Call for large Cruise Ships, & equal distance from Kingston & Montego Bay, so it is easy to get here from the airports too.

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In the center of Jamaica’s north coast lies Ocho Rios, popularly known as “Ochie”, once a busy fishing village but now a major tourist destination full of restaurants, shopping & night clubs!

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Also known as the “Garden Parish” because of its lush vegetation and beautiful flowers, St. Ann is the birthplace of 2 Jamaicans of international fame, civil rights pioneer Marcus Garvey and Reggae music superstar Bob Marley!

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica

As the name suggests, Ocho Rios is said to be fed by eight rivers and is a nature lover’s paradise with gardens, caves, old forts and white sand beaches combining to create some very romantic settings.

Speaking of romance, contact us help arranging a trip for two to the Bob Marley Nine Mile Museum – birth place and resting place of the “King of Reggae”, where you can still see the single bed he sang of in “Is This Love”!

Browse Ocho Rios Travel Experiences

Your all-inclusive vacation in Jamaica at the Franklyn D. Resort Spa will be a most memorable family experience!

Come see the collection of Artifacts on display in the Great House which show various aspects of the life of the Tainos, Africans and Europeans.

Our holistic wellness-focused ecosystem was created to allow our visitors to learn about Ganja history, see how it’s grown & enjoy it in a social setting.

Experience & Photograph the world's famous Jamaican Blue Mountains, island culture & lush, tropical countryside - while riding out in the fresh Jamaican air.

Suzette Tours is a highly professional tour service that provides a wide range of interesting tours that offers something for every traveller.

Greetings & One Love, Crazy BaldheadGreetings & Welcome Back, Most HonorableNestled in the hills of St. Ann overlooking the resort area of Ocho Rios awaits …

Sharkies Seafood Restaurant was established to bring you organically and eco-friendly sourced food, cooked on site, that is tasty and healthy for you.

Explore Sir Harold Mitchell’s very own creation—Jamaica’s first hydroelectric power station with a spectacular view—. The Great House at Prospect, built in the early 18th …

Harmony Hall was acquired in 1980 by Annabella Proudlock, who, with a group of friends, spent a year restoring the mid-19th century Methodist manse to …

Why dive in the frigid lakes of North America or the cold Oceans of Europe when you can enjoy the warm tropical breeze and the Caribbean Sea?

Walk the farm with Chris as you pick a salad for our table – sampling produce, enjoying the birds, flowers and sweeping views of Jamaica’s north coast.

The menu, specializing in Northern Italian food, also has a selection of creative Jam-Italian fusion dishes of fresh pasta, seafood, vegetarian & meat entrees.

Destination Profile & Tourism Highlights

Located in Jamaica’s largest parish, St. Ann, Ocho Rios offers a variety of activities from watersports to horseback riding to zipline canopy rides.

Other Ocho Rios attractions include Fern Gully, located in the remains of an old river bed, the Dover Motorsports Racetrack, and of course, world famous Dunn’s River Waterfalls where you can climb 600 feet to the top of Jamaica’s most popular attraction!

Adjacent to Dunn’s River Falls is Cove, a popular aquarium and pool where you can see tropical fish, stingrays and eels, swim with bottlenose dolphins, or, for the more adventurous, touch and feed sharks.

Higher up the Ocho Rios hillside is “Blue Hole”, a tropical escape formed from a tributary of the large Rio Nuevo river, that cascades into several small pools, finally ending in the much larger and deeper Blue Hole.

In St. Ann, you can also take the Jerk Seasoning Tour at the Walkerswood Plant, a 200 person, environmentally-conscious local farmer’s co-op dedicated to providing irrigation and jobs for the community and home of the world famous, tongue-searing Walkerswood jerk sauces, marinades and seasonings!



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Explore Your Ancestral Family Tree with the Official Help of Jamaica’s Registrar’s General Department!

Have a Jamaican Government Staffer affordably conduct real Genealogical Research on your family’s history in Jamaica.

Jamaican Genealogical Information can be often incomplete as Official Registration of Births, Deaths, Baptismals & Marriages were originally kept & filed separately in each of Jamaica’s 14 parishes.

Additionally – Time, Nature & Acts of both God & Man have resulted in damage & loss to the Jamaican Family histories that do exist!

As a result, the most Efficient & Effective way to Find Out about Your Jamaican Family Roots is to work officially with Jamaica’s Government Registrar Department & their convenient & affordable Online Genealogical Research Application.

In an effort to improve customer service, the Jamaican Government Registrar Department has introduced a new online payment system for genealogical searches.

Official Genealogical Search Orders can be submitted and paid for Online, or by submitting a Money Order and a Jamaican Genealogical Researcher will contact you shortly to make arrangements for a follow up interview.

Hourly rates for Official Genealogical Research is only JM$1500.00 or the US equivalent depending on the dollar exchange rate value of the day – currently about $15USD per Hour.


  • The Names of Your Jamaican Relatives

  • The Parish (region) of their Birth, Death, Residence, Marriage or Baptism

  • The Approximate Dates of their Birth, Death & other Publicly-recorded Events

  • The Names of their Spouse & other relatives, both living & deceased

  • Their Job, Trade or Occupation

Write down as much of the above-mentioned ancestral detail as you can – along with any other details that may be of help to Jamaican Government Researchers.

Older Relatives may have different memories or stories about your shared Jamaican Ancestor so record their versions of events, dates, schools, churches, family nicknames, alternative name spellings too – especially connections to another Jamaican Parish, Major Life Event or Property Sale / Purchase.

Military affiliations, ranks or passed-down stories can be of help too as there may be information on your ancestors contained in records on the old British West Indian Regiment or listings of Jamaican-born soldiers who fought with & for the British in both World War 1 & 2.


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Cities, Towns & Districts
in Ocho Rios (St. Ann)

Town or District City / Parish   –   Population (Approx.)   –   GPS Coordinates

Alexandria, Ocho Rios  –  1,672  –  18.2983°N 77.3575°W
Cave Valley, Ocho Rios  –  1,777  –  18.27°N 77.37°W
Claremont, Ocho Rios  –  2,154  –  18.38°N 77.17°W
Discovery Bay (Dry Harbour), Ocho Rios  –  2,230  –  18.47°N 77.39°W
Moneague, Ocho Rios  –  2,880  –  18.28°N 77.10°W
Bamboo, Ocho Rios  –  3,732  –  18.3851°N 77.2662°W
Runaway Bay, Ocho Rios  –  5,655  –  18.45°N 77.33°W
Brown’s Town, Ocho Rios  –  6,762  –  18.40°N 77.36°W
Ocho Rios, Ocho Rios  –  8,189  –  18.42°N 77.11°W
Saint Ann’s Bay, Ocho Rios  –  10,961  –  18.44°N 77.22°W
Nine Mile, Ocho Rios  –  Not Available  –  18°17’50.9″N 77°16’42.3″W

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