Ocho Rios, Jamaica or “Ochi” as the locals call it, is considered the “Centrepiece of Jamaica”. Located in the centre of the island’s northern coast, Ocho Rios offers visitors an endless array of activities and attractions for all ages. Visitors will be enchanted with its awe-inspiring natural beauty. Rushing rivers lead to cascading waterfalls that are enveloped by lush tropical jungle, pristine sand beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, and tranquil azure waters gently lap the shore. RIU Hotels and Resorts picked the perfect setting for its impressive Riu Ocho Rios hotel. Just a couple of hours east of Montego Bay, on the beachfront of Mammee Bay, this stunning 24 hour all inclusive resort is a perfect hideaway.
Set amidst acres of forest with a backdrop of verdant hills, the Riu Ocho Rios is really 2 hotels in one. Shaped like a pair of horseshoes, one wing houses stylishly decorated traditional guestrooms, while the other wing houses large deluxe suites. Set right on the beach, guests can enjoy sun, sand, and sea right at their doorstep. Dining options are endless with 7 fabulous restaurants, each offering distinct gourmet cuisine. The resort’s 7 bars, including 2 swim up bars, ensure your drink is always topped up all day and night. Activities abound with gorgeous outdoor pools, tennis courts, land and sea activities, a games room, and a nightclub on site.
Venture off the resort to take in all the natural wonders and interesting sites found in Ocho Rios and the surrounding area. The most popular attraction is Dunn’s River Falls, a dramatic 600 foot waterfall that can be climbed by foot. If you’re looking for a little adventure, head off into the Blue Mountains for some excellent hiking and biking. Get up close and personal with the wildlife at Dolphin Cove, where you can have an exhilarating and heart-warming experience swimming with dolphins. The Mystic Mountain Rainforest offers eco-friendly adventures with a twist. Enjoy a ride up to the top of this 700 foot mountain on the Sky Explorer. Once at the top you can lounge around in the infinity pool, taking in the breathtaking views, enjoy a thrilling zip lining tour through the jungle, or shoot back down the mountain by bobsled. Discover more of the flora and fauna of the island with tours to several parks and nature reserves that will lead you along jungle trails by foot or horseback, passing natural springs and small pools, and down into limestone caves. To explore the history and culture of the area, visit the Seville Great House and Heritage Park, which takes you back to the very beginning of the island’s rich history and people, or head to the quiet village of Nine Miles to explore the birthplace and resting place of reggae sensation, Bob Marley. Ocho Rios is also home to excellent restaurants, fabulous shopping and exciting nightly entertainment, so there is always something to do, day or night.
Ocho Rios is an ideal destination for eco-tourists, families, couples, and active travellers looking for a little adventure in paradise. Choose the Riu Ocho Rios when travelling to this magnificent destination and enjoy regal elegance in tropical splendour. Book your Jamaica vacation with Signature Vacations and enjoy the vacation of your dreams.