Museum sights in Ocho Rios
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This impressive museum provides an excellent presentation of the grand lineage of Jamaican music, from ancient African drumming to the futuristic digital rhythms of dancehall. The self-billed ‘interactive reggae experience’ is divided into mento, ska, reggae, dancehall and other sections, including one commemorating Bob Marley. It features posters, photographs and videos. Headphones let you listen to sounds of each era. There’s even a makeshift artists’ recording studio with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s original sound-gear. The entrance fee includes a guided tour.
Coyaba is an Arawak word for ‘heaven’ or ‘paradise.’ The Coyaba Museum traces Jamaica’s heritage from early Arawak days to independence. There’s a gift store, vegetarian restaurant, waterfall and art gallery. Coyaba is just shy of 2km west of St John’s Church (on the A3), not far from Shaw Park Gardens; follow the signs. Admission includes a 30-minute guided tour.
Coyaba River Garden is a paradise with walk-ways and trails leading through lush gardens with streams, cascades and pools filled with carp, crayfish and turtles. Coyaba is an Arawak word for 'heaven' or 'paradise.'