About Ocho Rios

Errol Flynn, Ian 'James Bond' Fleming and Noel Coward had two key things in common: they all enjoyed the good things in life and they all chose to spend many years of their lives in Jamaica. The two were definitely connected.

Ocho Rios is one of the island's most beautiful towns. Its name is a corruption of the Spanish for waterfalls, so it is no surprise that Jamaicas best known attraction, Dunns River Falls, is close by. The idea is to walk up this pretty waterfall cascading straight into the Caribbean before joining the reggae and rum beach party below.

Also close by is a large colourful craft market where the haggling is as much fun as the buying. Equally colourful are the Shaw Park botanical gardens on the outskirts of town.  A must-see is Sir Noel Cowards house, 'Firefly', which has superb views over Port Maria while another famous former local resident, Errol Flynn, is reputed to have invented one of the most popular Jamaican excursions - rafting. This involves sitting back on a bamboo raft just big enough for two guests as a languid Jamaican slowly punts it downriver.


Shore excursions in Ocho Rios

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

'Cool Runnings'

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

Enjoy warm and lively Jamaican hospitality on board the 'Cool Runnings' catamaran bound for Dunn’s River Falls.

Relax and soak up the views during a short sail along the beautiful Jamaican coastline. ‘Cool Runnings’ is a 75-foot sailboat that takes you over the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea to Jamaica’s premier attraction – Dunn’s River Falls. From the beach at the foot of the falls you can swim in the Caribbean waters, soak up the tropical sunshine, or be adventurous and climb the falls with a guide.

On the return voyage, it’s party time as you dance to the rhythms of island music and enjoy a rum or fruit punch.

Essential information

Depending on availability an alternative 51-foot catamaran may be used. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. The Dunn’s River Falls climb is strenuous and slippery, over uneven rock surfaces. The whole climb takes around 60 minutes. Passengers climbing the falls must wear water shoes; these are available to rent for 5 US Dollars or to purchase for 13 US Dollars. Flip-flops and sandals are not permitted. Please remember swimwear, towel and US Dollars for purchasing photos or hiring water shoes. Guides at the Dunn’s River Falls generally expect tips.

Konoko Gardens and Dunn's View

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

This tour is ideal for those who don’t want to participate in the Dunn’s River Falls climb, but still wish to view and photograph this popular attraction.

Enjoy a visit to the Konoko River Gardens; a tropical garden traversed by meandering streams. A tour through these enchanting gardens will show you exotic tropical flora, springs, waterfalls and streams. The small museum within the gardens is a testimony to the first known inhabitants of the island, the Arawak Indians. You’ll also see some interesting information on the musical legend Bob Marley. During your visit a refreshing drink will be offered.

Take a look at Jamaica’s number one attraction, the Dunn’s River Falls. See the 600-foot waterfall surging over rocks and overflowing small pools en route to the beach and the Caribbean Sea below. Enjoy the views, take photos, and watch those who are climbing up the slippery slopes.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. There are approximately 20 steps to negotiate at Konoko River Gardens. There are around 90 steps at Dunn’s River Falls to reach the viewing platforms and a further 90 to reach the beach at the bottom. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

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