Ocho Rios – Things to do, Places to go, Things to see

BREAKING NEWS!!

Try Ocho Rios’ latest tour package that’s different, exciting and totally fun! Try – “Taste of Jamaica Authentic Tour”

This tour takes you from Ocho Rios, up through the world-renowned Fern Gully, through the beautiful, rolling hills of rural St Ann before ending on the beach in Priory. Enjoy eco sightseeing, tour a working coffee plantation, beach cooking featuring authentic Jamaican cuisine, Jamaican music and dance lessons just for the fun of it!

The Jamaica Gleaner quotes Georgia Black, a vacation planner at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande hotel in Ocho Rios, as saying: “This is the perfect tour, I love it, I love it!” Visit www.tasteofjamaicatours.com for more information.

Apart from the Taste of Jamaica Tour, Ocho Rios is filled with things you can do, things you can see and most of all, places to go. With a plethora of attractions in this resort town, it’s sometimes difficult to decide where to go on any given day. Water attractions, plant life, animals – choose the theme that suits you best on the day and pick from any of the several attractions available. Ocho Rios is the number one cruise port in the Caribbean for a reason! Check this list:

Botanical Gardens: There are several gardens boasting some of the most beautiful flowers you could ever imagine, in Ocho Rios and its outskirts. In Jamaica, they call St Ann parish (where Ocho Rios is located) the Garden Parish because of this natural beauty, among other things.

Golfing: There are two excellent golf courses, just a short ride away from the centre of Ocho Rios, if you feel like a little putting.

Horseback riding: Enjoy the wild outdoors, riding a tame and well-conditioned horse at any of the several stables available on the outskirts of Ocho Rios.

Hotel Day Pass: Buy a one-day pass to an all-inclusive hotel and take in all the fun! Hotels have different rates, so shop around.

Jamaican Craft: Jamaica’s skilled craftsmen have their wares on display at several craft markets across the resort town, chances are, you will find something really nice at any of the outlets that you visit.

Live Reggae Music: If you can’t wait until it’s night to enjoy live reggae music, not to worry, there are several spots in Ocho Rios where you can rock to local reggae bands in broad daylight, with a cold Red Stripe beer just a hand away.

Night Clubs: A really exciting nightlife awaits at any of the several clubs that are open, most nights of the week.

Rafting & River Tubing: On a bamboo raft, meandering through the curves and turns of the river as it flows to the sea; or in an inflated rubber tube, riding the rushing waters of river, it’s always nice enjoying the cool, clear waters of the White River.

Restaurants: Jamaican cuisine tops and you should make sure you experience it while here. But just so you know, you can also get international cuisine right here in Ocho Rios. So we have Jamaican, Indian, Chinese, Italian, French, Japanese and Greek food ready for the taking. And just in case you’re in a hurry we have several fast food outlets, both local and international brands, ready and willing to serve you.

Shopping: Whatever it is you need, you can get it to buy. Seriously. In-bond or otherwise. Gift items to take back for friends and relatives, souvenirs, jewellery, perfume, Jamaican craft items, rum, T-shirts, CDs, a dress or a suit to wear on a special occasion, anything. Tell you driver what you need and he’ll find it for you.

Sightseeing: Irrespective of where your interest lies, you will find beautiful, interesting and maybe even mind boggling sights, when you cruise around this beautiful tourist resort. Your driver can recommend just the right spots for you.

Tours: There are several tours, beginning in Ocho Rios, that will take you to some of the most fascinating places not just in Ocho Rios but as far away as capital city, Kingston.

Watch a Jamaican sunset: On a bright sunny day, which is often in Jamaica, you can relax with an ice-cold Red Stripe beer or jerk chicken, or whatever suits you – and watch the sun sink into the warm Caribbean Sea. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.

Water sports: There are several water sporting activities available in Ocho Rios. If you want to scuba dive, snorkel, sail, ride a go-fast boat, paddle a canoe, swim – the options are endless.

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