From a small fishing town and banana exporter to a bustling tourist resortThe poetically-named Ocho Rios (meaning ‘Eight Rivers’) on the island of Jamaica has developed from a small former fishing town and banana exporter to a bustling tourist resort. Even in the 1960’s, ‘Ochi’, as it is known to locals, was still a small village.
Recent developments have made this Jamaican town into a shopping Mecca and key destination for cruise passengers.
The centrally-located disembarkation dock enables cruise liners to arrive right in the centre of town. Choose from six modern shopping plazas boasting everything from local handicrafts and souvenirs to duty-free bargains or visit the Crafts Market, which is situated downtown.
The legendary rivers feed the large number of waterfalls in the region, including the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls, reputed to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. The Falls are located just out of town and are Jamaica's key tourist attraction.
Ocho Rios is located in St Ann’s parish, also known as the ‘garden of Eden’; visitors should not miss the Enchanted Gardens, a lush, 8-hectare landscaped park with 14 waterfalls, huge pools, a fruit orchard cactus and lily gardens and aviary.
Adjacent to Dunn’s River Falls is the wonderful Dolphin Cove, where lucky holiday-makers can swim with bottlenose dolphins.
Ocho Rios is another charming destination on your luxury Caribbean cruise vacation so take a moment to choose from one of our carefully-planned excursion packages or take advantage of the other great deals for on-shore trips to ensure that your time in Ocho Rios offers a relaxing day away from ship.
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