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Located about halfway across Jamaica’s north shore, Ocho Rios hugs a bay framed by lush mountains, fern-filled gullies, and streams that lead to waterfalls.
For those who haven’t sailed the Caribbean, the designations (eastern, western, southern) are confusing. Here’s what you need to know to pick the right route.
Once quiet, historic Falmouth was revived in 2011 when the renovated port reopened. Now you can see a mix of old and new on the bustling cobblestoned streets.
Named for the scotch bonnet pepper the place’s famous hot sauce is made with, Scotchies in Ocho Rios serves up jerk chicken that’s a little different.
You may have to research where to get them in advance, and travel farther from the ship terminal, but it’s so worth the effort to seek out authentic local fare.
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This was our first cruise and this was the third port of our trip. The tour guide and bus driver both were amazing. I have been on this app for a few weeks now and I have to say this, This is an awesome tool for first time cruisers or potential cruisers, they can read reviews and they can asks questions. I have noticed that there are people here who think they are above the first timers or those who are getting started. I think it's cool if you've been on twenty or more cruises, but that doesn't make you better than anyone else here, just makes you more experienced at cruising. Then there are those people who are here telling people what a bad experience they had on one of the excursions or on the ship. I am sorry that you had a bad experience and I respect your opinion, but give your bad experience and leave it at that. Don't tell others they shouldn't do something based on your bad experience, because what you find a bad experience someone else could enjoy. I see A LOT of people posting negative experiences on shore with locals, " they bombard you trying to sell you stuff", you are on a tourist island coming off of a ship. Just like here in the USA, if you don't want to buy something, politely say No thank you and move on. *but remember you traveled to their country to vacation and enjoy their country. I experienced my first cruise last year and I was so excited to see the other countries and their culture. I remember on the Jamaica port, they sent a memo as well as an announcement over the ship PA about securing your belonging and not taking unnecessary belongings... When I exited the ship, I was a little nervous about this port. But to my surprise I would meet some of the nicest people I have ever met, and they opened their country to my family and myself. We all enjoyed this port and our excursion was a bus tour of the area and we learned a lot about the culture and we were welcomed. I noticed that there was no issues with a persons race and I noticed that EVERYONE on our excursion was comfortable and no one felt out of place. I read comments or post here and people say things that lead me to believe that they were looking to find a reason to be negative about something. Bottom line, this is your vacation and we all take vacations to get away from our normal day to day. Enjoy yourself and relax! "This is your experience, make it the best experience YOU want it to be."
Ocho Rios is so fire. 🔥🔥🔥. Here we ended up doing the "Bamboo Beach Club " excursion, in which we were undecided because of the reviews. But it turned out to be a great experience. After you get off the ship, you walk to a specific location where you will meet the tour guide from Jamaica and they'll take you on a bus that drops you at the beach. When you get there food/drinks all inclusive, music and free beach chairs to relax. The food is delicious, my wife loved it. This beach has the clearest blue water I ever seen. Plus it's nice and clean with free wifi just in case you wanna take a selfie to post on social media. Next time around we'll try "Dunns River" excursion We had a very good experience. Highly recommended.
as you walk out of port turn left walk about 400 yards and on the right hand side of the road is a Turtle Farm Park , Completely free to go in and you can see the Turtles and Giant fish
Visited: Apr 02, 2016
Dunns River Falls and the Bobsled excursion were fun. Recommended.
Visited: Apr 22, 2017
We had a great time in Ocho Rios. Had a private tour with Raymond ( 1 876 883 9595). Had a great time tasting food, fruit and rum of Jamaica. Hope to go back.
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