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Ocho Rios
Travel Planning
Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios at a Glance

Ochos Rios is a former Jamaican fishing village which became a thriving resort and cruise ship destination. 

Imagine yourself lying on the cream-colored beaches of Ochos Rios Bay. Palm trees sway around you providing shade from the fierce March sun. Nearby, find internationally renown shopping chains as well as Jamaican-run boutiques and market stalls. When you are hungry, stop in at many of the fusion restaurants catering to tourists, or try a jerk stand or some fresh-picked fruit. 

For days away from the beach, head into the rain forest. If you aren't afraid of heights, zip through the lush, green rain forest canopy. Say hello to monkeys, birds and other tree-top animals as you zoom by.  For an awesome experience with two feet planted firmly on the ground, visit the area's famous waterfalls.The beautiful spray, the lush greenery and the aquamarine colored streams will have you just as enthralled as the beach. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - June
Low Season
July - November
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Language: Jamaican English
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Norman Manley International Airport
      • Major Airport Ian Fleming International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      U.S. citizens can travel to Jamaica for leisure and business without Jamaican visas, provided they have passports or travel documents valid for at least six months. Travelers must also have sufficient funds or means to support themselves and accompanying dependents for the duration of their stay in Jamaica. If traveling by plane, U.S. citizens must have a return or round trip ticket to America. U.S citizens traveling by sea (cruise ship) must present a valid passport or a passport card. Passport cards are an acceptable travel document for entry into Jamaica for sea travelers only. For more information, visit the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Ocho Rios Transportation Center
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Hurricane season runs from June to November in Jamaica. Summer and particularly autumn have the most rain. 

      Safety Concerns The area behind the produce market in Ochos Rios as well as poorly lit James Avenue should be avoided, especially at night. Be aware of the hustlers and hawkers who pose as tour guides. 

      Health Concerns Visitors should drink treated water. Resorts frequently treat theirs, but bottled water is always a safe option.