Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Ocho Rios is one of the pleasure capitals of Jamaica, it offers a gateway to fabulous sightseeing, excellent shopping and a good look into the Jamaican culture. Ocho Rios lies roughly 108km east of Montego Bay. It was once a sleepy fishing village, and although there are now resort facilities, international hotels and restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, the town has retained the sleepy atmosphere of small-town Jamaica.
There are six shopping plazas to appease even the most devoted shopper and the Crafts Market is situated in the downtown area and is easy walking distance from the ship. The main flea market (Ocean Village), which sells everything under the sun, is in the center of Ocho Rios.
One of Jamaica's most wonderful sights is Dunn's River Falls. Ocho Rios also has a wonderful beach for you to enjoy. At the Shaw Park Botanical Gardens you’ll see a wide variety of exotic flora and canoeing up White River by candlelight to the beat of drums is a highlight.
Things to See & Do
* Dunn’s River Falls
* Shaw Park Botanical Gardens
* working plantations at Brimmer Hall and Prospect
* Jamaica Night on the White River
* Fern Gully
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Jamaican Dollar (JMD; symbol J$)
Language – English
Land Area – 10,991 sq km sq km
Population – 2,700,000 (Jamaica)
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – 1 + 876
Port Location – The port of Ocho Rios is right outside of the main town area and is within easy walking distance to the main shopping areas. The port can accommodate a maximum of three ships and more can anchor up outside and tender in.
Transport Links – International flights are available from Norman Manley International (KIN) (Kingston) is 18km (11 miles) southeast of the city, and Montego Bay (MBJ) (International) which is 3km (2 miles) north of the city. Ocho Rios and Montego Bay are the main ports of call for cruise ships.
There is a reliable bus service in Kingston and Montego Bay; less reliable for trans-island travel. Coach and minibus tours can be booked at most hotels. Taxis are the cheapest and quickest way of getting around the island. Most major towns, as well as airports, have rental car facilities.