Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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…

first glimpse of Jamaica
first glimpse of Jamaica
Enjoying a wonderful breakfast on Deck 12 before we explore Jamaica.
Enjoying a wonderful breakfast on Deck 12 before we explore Jamaica.
Ship docked at port of Ocho Rios in Jamaica
Ship docked at port of Ocho Rios in Jamaica

WELCOME to Ocho Rios!
WELCOME to Ocho Rios!
Driving to Dunns River Falls
Driving to Dunns River Falls
Dunns River Falls
Dunns River Falls
Jamaican Reggae music!
Jamaican Reggae music!
Lots of wooden crafts, ESPECIALLY Bob Marley stuff!!
Lots of wooden crafts, ESPECIALLY Bob Marley stuff!!
Jamaican wedding?
Jamaican wedding?

Climbing the falls
Climbing the falls

Such a gorgeous day in Jamaica!
Such a gorgeous day in Jamaica!
Beach time with my sweetie!
Beach time with my sweetie!

Lots of crafts for sale by the locals!
Lots of crafts for sale by the locals!

very aggressive vendors at Dunns River Falls
very aggressive vendors at Dunns River Falls

Love him!
Love him!

There are sharks in these waters!
There are sharks in these waters!
NOPE! wouldn't want to hold a shark, no thank you!
NOPE! wouldn’t want to hold a shark, no thank you!

Jamaican coffee...Brazilian coffee is BETTER!
Jamaican coffee…Brazilian coffee is BETTER!

We tried Jamaican apples. They are not like regular apples but they were DELICIOUS!
We tried Jamaican apples. They are not like regular apples but they were DELICIOUS!

Jamaican Police
Jamaican Police

Coke is it in Jamaica mon!
Coke is it in Jamaica mon!
Farewell Jamaica!
Farewell Jamaica!

Sailing off in ro the sunset of the Caribbean :)
Sailing off in to the sunset of the Caribbean 🙂

For now…good night mon!

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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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