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.
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!
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!
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”!
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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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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.
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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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