Ocho Rios – where heaven spills into the sea

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If you arrive on a cruise ship you will find that you are minutes away by foot from the shops and restaurants of Ocho Rios. Many will tell you that the name Ocho Rios means eight rivers, but the fact is the name comes from the Spanish word for waterfalls, Las chorreras.

Ocho Rios was once a fishing village, still you can find a local fish market where fish and lobster are still sold, but mostly the town caters to tourists who arrive on cruise ships or stay in one of the many hotels along the white sand beaches.

The Parish of Saint Ann, where the port of Ocho Rios is located, is known as the “garden parish” because of its natural beauty. There are many tours to be enjoyed by the visitor including scuba diving, horse riding, downhill bike riding, floating in a tube down the White River or you can choose to go a few steps from your ship and lie on the beach at Ocean View. 

If you have never been face to face with a dolphin then you may want to go to Dolphin Cove and swim with the friendly dolphins there.

Some of the best know shopping plazas are the Taj Mahal with 26 duty-free shops, Pineapple Place Shopping Centre, Coconut Grove Shopping Plaza and the newer Ocho Rios Plaza. 

Only four miles along the coast from Ocho Rios you will find Harmony Hall, a restored Methodist mansion, where upstairs you can see works by Jamaican artists, over hundred are represented by this gallery, and downstairs you can sip a local Jamaican beer at the bar. 

Some of the food that you might like to try around Ocho Rios is jerked chicken, the spicy patties and lobster cooked a short walk from the cruise ship pier.

If you are with your children you may want to take them on an adventurous ride through the tops of the trees on a Canopy Tour, or enjoy the Rainforest Bobsled ride on 1 000 m ride on custom built sleds that take you through tropical forests.

Ocho Rios is probably best known as being the place where the very first James Bond movie was filmed Dr No

 

 
  • Blue Mountains Cycle Tours: Take a cycle ride through tropical rain forest from 5,600 ft up down to a waterfall.
  • Canopy Tour: See nature at its finest while soaring through the trees.
  • Chukka Cove Adventure Tours: Horse riding, 4x4 Safaris and river tubing.
  • Cayaba River Garden & Museum: Water gardens fed by streams that rise in the grounds.
  • Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises: Take a catamaran cruise to Dunn’s River Falls.
  • Dolphin Cove: Water-Sports and swiming with dolphins.
  • Dunn’s River Falls & Park: Climb the falls against a tumbling torrent of Caribbean fresh water.
  • Duty Free Shopping, Local Crafts and Souvenirs, Gift
  • Firefly: Visit the former home of actor, impresario, playwright and song-writer Noël Coward.
  • Green Groto: Formerly a heaven for runaway slaves, today an explorer's paradise.
  • Harmony Hall: 15 0-yearold great house, a showcase for Caribbean arts and crafts.
  • Heave-Ho Charters: Cruise on a catamaran to the Dunn’s River Falls.
  • Hooves Ltd: Exciting and interesting tours on horseback.
  • J. Charles Swaby’s Falmouth Swamp Safari: Walking tour through mangrove swamp.
  • Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville: perfect for anyone looking for exciting entertainment, a lively atmosphere and delicious food.
  • Mystic Mountain : Rainforest Adventures, Zip Line, Bob sledding, Infinity Pool and more.
  • Prospect Plantation: Take a tour of a 1,000 acre working plantation.
  • Safari Tours Jamaica: Cycle downhill through limestone and ferns to Dunn’s River Falls.
  • Shaw Park Botanical Gardens: 25 acres of tropical splendour.
  • Tourwise: An unforgettable ride through the Jamaican countryside.
  • Trails Plantation Ride: A spectacular country ride at Annandale.
  • White River Valley Tours: Escape to a unique tropical adventure of rafting, riding and cycling.
  • Zion Bus Line: Musical pilgrimage to Bob Marley’s birthplace.
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  • Airports: Sangster International Airport is 102 km from port. Other services available at Boscobel Domestic Airport.
  • Anchorage: Off outer buoy
  • Approach: Easy access via open water. The bay is used as the turning basin (width 2,000 ft).
  • Bunkers: Can be arranged with prior notice.
  • Facilities: Anchorage, pilotage, water, provisions, bunkers by arrangement.
  • Medical aid: St Ann’s Bay Hospital is 37 km from the port.
  • Pilot: Pick-up one mile (NE or NW) of sea buoy at entrance to Ocho Rios Bay.
  • Pilotage: Agents alert Pilotage Department on ship’s ETA and ETD at least 12 hours before required time. Pilot boards and guides ship in and out of channel. (Pilotage charges are calculated according to grt.)
  • Position: 18 °25 ’ N, 77°8’W
  • Provisions: Available locally.
  • Tenders: Tender service is not available, but ship’s tender may be used to land passengers at Berth No 2 as well as at James Bond Pier.
  • Towage: Not available.
  • Water: Adequate supplies available.
  • Weather: Winds N, NE, ENE, E, ESE 87 per cent; NNW, NW, WNW four per cent. Wind speed 11 -16 knots 40 per cent; over 21 knots 2.5 per cent. Windiest months November to March. Strongest winds from NNE, NE, ENE reaching maximum from east.
 
Berth Usable length Depth alongside Max ship’s draught
Turtle Bay Pier: Berth 1 735 ft 34 ft 29 ft
Turtle Bay Pier: Berth 2 900 ft 35 ft 32 ft
James Bond Pier 900 ft 45 ft 40 ft
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Members / Attractions Contact person Phone no. Fax no. E-mail Website Address
Animal Farm & Nature Reserve Dr. Geoffrey Williams/Jason Calendar (876) 899-0040 (876) 979-8466 Email: rastafowl@yahoo.com www.animalfarmjamaica@yahoo.com Hanover, PO Box 34, Reading, St. James
Appleton Estate Rum Tour Tanisa Samuel 876-963-9215/7 876-963-9218 res.rumtour@appletonrum.com www.appletonrum.com Siloah, PO Siloah(St. Elizabeth), Jamaica
Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours Althea Bryan 876-974-7075 876-974-0635 info@bmtoursja.com www.bmtoursja.com 121 Main Street, Ocho Rios (St. Ann)
Braco Stables Moyra Fitzroy 876-954-0185 876-954-0434 bracostables@cwjamaica.com www.bracotours.com Duncans PO, Trelawney, Jamaica
Braemar Tours Judy Schoenbien 876-509-0454 braemartours@gmail.com www.falmouthtoursbytrolley.com Port of Falmouth, Falmouth, Jamaica
Captain Watersports Brian Langford 876-953-3048 876-953-3048 captain@cwjamaica.com www.captainsdivecenter.com Half Moon PO, Rosehall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
Chukka Caribbean Adventures Marc Melville 1-877 4CHUKKA (1877-424-8552) info@chukkacaribbean.com www.chukkacaribbean.com Unit # 2, Montego Bay Freeport Shopping Centre, Montego Bay
Colourful Jamaica Monika Maitland Walker/Mandy Sprague 876-974-2323 876-974-5362 mmw@tourwiseltd.com www.colourfuljamaica.com 103 Main Street Ocho Rios, St. Ann
Doctor's Cave Bathing Club David Lindo 876-952-2566 876-952-1140 drscave@cwjamaica.com www.doctorscavebathingclub.com Gloucester Ave., Whitesands Bch. P.O. St. James, Jamaica
Dolphin Cove Marilyn Burrowes 876-974-5335 876-974-9208 info@dolphincovejamaica.com www.dolphincovejamaica.com PO Box 21 Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Dreamer Catamaran David Chung 876-979-0102 reservations@dreamercatamarans.com www.dreamercatamarans.com Unit #2 Cornwall Beach Suites, Cornwall Beach Gloucester Avenue, Whitesands PO Montego Bay
Dunns River Falls Jomo Pitterson 974-5944 974-4767 dunnsriver@udcja.com www.dunnriverfallsja.com PO Box 205, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica
Five Star Watersports Venella Pasmore (876) 974-2446/0164 876-974-4978 reservations@fivestarwatersports.com www.coolrunningscatamarans.com 121 Main Street, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Glistening Waters Earl Bernard 876-954-3229 876-617-4625 info@glisteningwaters.com www.glisteningwaters.com PO Box 113 Falmouth, Jamaica
Green Grotto Caves Fabia Lamm (876) 973-2841/3217 (876) 973-9297 greengrottocaves@udcja.com www.greengrottocavesja.com PO Box 205, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica
Half Moon Equestian Centre Trina Delisser 876-953-2286 876-953-9489 r.delisser@gwjamaica.com www.horsebackridingjamaica.com Half Moon PO, Rosehall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
Hooves Tom Williams 876-972-0905;0659 876-972-9204 hooves@cwjamaica.com www.hooves-jamaica.com 61 Winsdsor Rd. #5, St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica
Harmony Hall Peter/Annabella Proudlock 876-975-4222 876-974-2651 info@harmonyhall.com www.harmonyhall.com PO Box 192, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Island Routes Caribbean AdventureTours David Shields 876-684-8672/1-877-768-8370 876-684-8610 info@islandroutestours.com www.islandroutestours.com 5 Kent Avenue , MontegoBay, Jamaica
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Andre Dixon 876-979-8041 876-979-8541 info@margaritavillecaribbean.com www.margaritavillecaribbean.com 6H Coconut Way, Freeport, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kool Runnings Waterpark Shari Munroe 876-957-5400 876-957-5947 info@koolrunnings.com www.koolrunnings.com Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica
Mini Boat Adventures Dean Burrowes 876-974-5335 876-974-9208 info@infochan.com PO Box 21 Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Mystic Mountain Norma Bailey- Moore 876-974-3990 876-974-3992 sales@rainforestbobsledjamaica.com www.rainforestadventure.com/jamaica PO Box 259, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Peir One Restaurant and Bar Anna Kaye Russell (876)952-2452 (876)940-5408 info@pieronejamaica.com www.pieronejamaica.com c/o Pier One, P.O. Box 1243, Howard Cooke Blvd. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Prospect Plantation Tours Marilyn Burrowes 876-994-1058 876-994-1465 info@prospectplantationtours.com www.prospectplantationtours.com Tower Isle PO, St. Mary, Jamaica
River Raft Ltd. Johnny Gourzong (876)952-0889 (876)979-7437 info@jamaicarafting.com www.jamaicarafting.com 66 Claude Clarke Avenue, PO Box 1178, Jamaica
Rose Hall Great House Beverley Gordon 876-953-2160 greathouse@rosehall.com www.rosehall.com Box 1, Rose Hall PO, Rose Hall, St. James, Jamaica
YS Falls Simon Browne 876-997-6360 ysfalls@cwjamaica.com www.ysfalls.com Middle Quarters PO Box 13, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Zipline Adventures Brad Morse/Hermaline Ritchie 876-366-0124 876-912-0936 info@ziplinejamaica.com www.zipline-tours.com PO Box 7074, Reading P.O, St. James, Jamaica
Allied Members Contact person Phone no. Fax no. E-mail Website Address
Budget Car Rental Robin Delisser 1-877-825-2953 reservations@budgetjamaica.com www.budgetjamaica.com
Digicel Claudeen Grenyion
Port Authority of Jamaica William Tatham
Royal Marine Insurance Group Uton Bright