When I'm in Jamaica, Ocho Rios is my usual base whenever I return. Let me show you around!
Up until the 1970s, Ocho Rios was a sleepy fishing village. It has grown into a popular cruiseport and tourist resort town.
The literal translation of Ocho Rios is "eight rivers". It is believed that the name evolved from "Los Chorreros", Spanish for "the waterfalls", the name that the Spanish gave the areas due to its many waterfalls. Not only is it the location of the famous Dunn's River Falls but other properties like Enchanted Garden Eco-Tours, Shaw Park Botanical Gardens, and Coyaba River Gardens are part of the area's extensive waterfall network.
In my waterfall restaurants feature, there was a video of The Ruins at the Falls, 500 person capacity restaurant on a hill overlooking Ocho Rios. The property has function rooms for conferences, banquets and business meetings.
Further up the hill visitors can treat themselves to a spectacular view and authentic Italian cuisine at Evita's, a favorite of the Rolling Stones. At some point, you'll definitely want to stop by the Jerk Centre and taste jerk chicken the way it's supposed to be prepared, over an open fire.
In Ocho Rios groups can drive through Fern Gully, go ziplining and ride the bobsled roller coaster at Mystic Mountain, and sample Jamaican cuisine on a dinner cruise on a catamaran.
For dancing, head to Amnesia Disco. Reggae fans in your party can take in the ReggaeXplosion exhibit. They can also head way up in the hills to Nine Miles where Bob Marley was born and buried.
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