Top things to do

Top Choice Waterfall in Ocho Rios

Irie Blue Hole

High on the White River, the heavenly Irie Blue Hole is a vision of what Dunn's River Falls was 20 years ago, and an undisputed highlight of the north coast. You make your way up a series of magical falls and blue p…
Top Choice Vegan in Ocho Rios

Live Food

This Rastafari-run joint – a cute thatched shack enlivening an otherwise boring strip of shops – is a great way to get an injection of I-tal food. The big salads are filling and delicious, and the raw take on a pizz…
Italian in Ocho Rios

Caffe Da Vinci

An excellent addition to Island Village, the Italian food here is top notch, with some good wines and service to match. Eat in an open restaurant spilling into a series of gazebos surrounded by trees and ferns by th…
Jerk in Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios Jerk Centre

The liveliest jerk joint in town serves excellent jerk pork, chicken and conch, as well as barbecue ribs. There are daily specials, the best being curry goat (J$550) and goat-head soup. Grab a Red Stripe and watch s…
Coffee in Ocho Rios

Island Coffees

Small but cheery modern coffee shop, serving excellent coffee (Blue Mountain, of course) and other hot drinks, smoothies and a host of sandwiches and wraps (from J$500), plus suitably sweet and sticky cakes (J$250).
Waterfall in Ocho Rios

Dunn’s River Falls

These famous falls, 3km west of town, are Jamaica’s top-grossing tourist attraction. Great throngs of people can sometimes make it seem more like a theme park than a natural wonder, but this doesn’t make the climb u…
Arts & Crafts in Ocho Rios

Wassi Art

Family-owned Wassi Art employs more than 50 artists to make its colorful, richly decorated terra-cotta pottery. Free tours are offered, detailing the entire process including clay processing, painting and firing. Po…
Jamaican in Ocho Rios

Mongoose Restaurant and Lounge

Lively restaurant and bar that quickly serves up big plates of hearty food. If you want Jamaican, go for the stews (particularly the oxtail); otherwise you can get really good burgers, grilled fish, pizzas and the l…
Gardens in Ocho Rios

Shaw Park Gardens

This is a tropical fantasia of ferns and bromeliads, palms and exotic shrubs, spread out over 11 hectares centered on an old great house (once a hotel). Trails and wooden steps lead past waterfalls that tumble in te…
Beach in Ocho Rios

Mahogany Beach

The small and charming Mahogany Beach is particularly popular with locals; it comes to life on weekends with loud music, smells of jerk cooking and impromptu football matches. There is plenty of parking plus showers…