Ahhhhh…Jamaica! My first time to this country. Ocho Rios was the second stop on our cruise and I was really looking forward to it!
Ocho Rios means eight rivers in Spanish. ( interesting because there is not eight rivers here) It is a small town ( population 8200) on the north coast of Jamaica. Christopher Columbus landed along parts of Jamaica, but many people believe that he first landed in Ocho Rios. This small town, once a small fishing village caters to tourists!! It is a port of call for many cruise ships and has become the second most important area on the island.
The MAJOR tourist attraction at Ocho Rios is Dunns River Falls. The waterfalls are terraced like giant natural stairs with several small lagoons interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls. The falls are about 180feet high and 600 feet long and they empty into the Caribbean Sea at the western end of a white sandy beach. There is also excellent scuba diving with amazing coral formations.We went to Dunns River Falls, but decided we wouldn’t climb the Falls( It didn’t look appealing to take a camera on the climb, otherwise you could rent lockers , BUT we wanted some pics) Instead we walked alongside the Falls, snapped pics and made our way to the beach. This was our beach time in the Caribbean because the next couple ports we would be too busy for beach time. It was lovely to swim in the warm turquoise Caribbean water. Even though I love the beaches in Brazil, there is NOTHING like the Caribbean!!
Another stop for us in Jamaica was Dolphin Cove. Had we realized what a great little place this was we would have came here sooner in the day. Lots to see…Dolphin and shark shows on the waterfront, walk through the jungle and see the Macaws, Iguana and interact with some parrots. Taste Jamaican coffee and enjoy a refreshing ice cream on a hot day…it was a relaxing afternoon and no pushy market vendors like at Dunns River Falls!
Many of the vendors have Bob Marley stuff. If you don’t know, Bob Marley is a very famous Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He rose from the slums of Jamaica to serve as a world ambassador for reggae music.
We even had time to browse a few shops in the town of Ocho Rios, be approached by locals who were trying to sell us weed, pills or any other pharmaceutical we might want, and sip a delicious coconut ( we had to compare with Brazil coconuts) before heading back to the ship. The Jamaican people in general are very friendly and are famous for saying…ya mon…where ya from mon?
We had a great time, not sure if we will return to this country, but it was VERY nice to get just a small taste of Jamaica!
Jamaica…The warm turquoise waters, white sand beaches,lush tropical mountains, magnificent waterfalls… ( hey this sounds like Brazil)
Here is a glimpse…
For now…good night mon!