Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Waterfalls, river adventures and the rhythm of reggae
While the name Ocho Rios means eight rivers in Spanish, a truer reflection of its name (considering the city has four rivers) may stem from its earlier Spanish name of Las Chorreras, referring to its waterfalls. In either case, it’s precisely its existing rivers, beautiful waterfalls and crystalline sea, that promise to awe visitors to Jamaica with a passion for the lush outdoors.
For an unforgettable experience on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise, try one of the many outdoor MSC excursions offered on its rivers, such as kayaking, bamboo rafting and tubing, or climbing one of its famous waterfalls.
A must-see attraction is Dunn’s River Falls, where a guide will lead you up almost 600 feet of naturally terraced river bed as part of a human chain. Once up top, enjoy a breathtaking panorama worthy of photos, and explore a craft market and numerous shops.
Or ascend Konoko Falls, to admire its tropical gardens with sinuously shaped flowers and a mini zoo of exotic birds and reptiles, before embarking on a gastronomic farm-to-table experience and traditional Jamaican buffet lunch in the hills of Claremont at organic Murphy Hill Farm.
Music lovers can’t help but pay tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley. Journey to Bob Marley’s Nine Mile, a nearby mountaintop village, to see the birthplace and final resting place of the star. The MSC excursion includes a visit to a small Ethiopian-style church housing the marble mausoleum in which Marley’s remains have been entombed along with his guitar.
And James Bond fans can take heart in the fact that it was here in Jamaica in the 1950s and 1960s that author Ian Fleming created 007 and wrote every one of the 14 books featuring the stealth secret agent from his villa at nearby Oracabessa Bay. Scenes for the 1962 movie “Dr. No” and the 1973 film “Live and Let Die” were filmed in and around Ocho Rios.
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