Activities at Ocho Rios, Jamaica

 

       

Tours

 

Prospect Plantation Tour

Take a leisurely jitney ride through this working Jamaican agricultural property. There are beautiful views of the White River Gorge and north coast of the island. (876)974-2058.

 

Coyaba River Garden & Museum

Coyaba Park & Museum is at an elevation of 126m (420 ft.), and was built on the grounds of the former Shaw Park plantation. The word coyaba comes from the Arawak name for paradise. Coyaba is a Spanish-style museum with a river and gardens filled with native flora, a cut-stone courtyard, fountains, and a crafts shop and bar. The museum host a collection of artifacts from the Arawak, Spanish, and English settlements in the area.

 

Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am � 6 pm

Location: Shaw Park Rd � Fren Gully � Kingston Rd , turn left at St. John�s Anglican Church and follow the signs to Coyaba, less than a mile.

Phone: (876) 974-6235

Admission: Adults (Children under 12 are free) - $5

 

Blue Mountain Bike Tours

Bike tours available through the Blue Mountains . Visitors are driven to Hardware Gap, the highest navigable point in the Blue Mountains , where they are supplied with bikes and protective gear and then the adventure starts. Rain forests, coffee plantations, waterfalls, plantations and majestic mountain vistas vie for attention and frequent camera stops ensure you capture it for posterity. Lunch and snacks are provided.

 

Call Blue Mountain Tours at (876) 974-7075

 

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Excursions

 

Dunn's River Falls

Relax on the beach or climb with a guide to the top of the 546m (600-ft.) falls. You can splash in the waters at the bottom of the falls or drop into the cool pools higher up between the cascades of water. The beach restaurant provides excellent snacks and drinks, and dressing rooms are available. Wear proper hiking attire, sneakers or sport sandals to protect feet from sharp rocks and to prevent slipping.

 

Hours: Open daily from 8:30 am � 5 pm
   (opens early on cruise-ship arrival days � 7 am )

Location: From the center of Ocho Rios, head west along Rte. A3

Phone: (876) 974-2857

Admission: Adults - $10

Children: (2-11, under 2 free) - $8

 

Calypso Rafting on the White River

River raft down White River the largest river in the area, located to the east of Ocho Rios. It takes about 45-minutes to drift down the scenic river. The trip is one of the finer ways to spend a day in Ocho Rios when you tire of the beach. Glide along the banks of the river on a 9m (30 ft.) bamboo raft built for two, experiencing the rapids and lush growth. Halfway down the river stop at the Jungle Bar for lunch and reggae music.

 

Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am � 5 pm

Location: White River Bridge (approximately 5km (3 miles) east of Ocho Rios)

Phone: (876) 974-2527

Admission: $40 per person, includes services of a guide

 

Martha Brae River

Enjoy river rafting down the legendary Martha Brae River aboard a 30 ft. two-seater bamboo raft with an experienced river captain. The hour and a half raft ride is a feast for the senses, as the raft glides between the lush green river banks.

 

The river is named after an Arawak Indian girl, a member of the tribe of Indians who were Jamaica 's first known inhabitants and who called the island, Xaymaca, land of wood and water. Legend has it that Martha Brae, who had supernatural powers, was captured by Spanish soldiers, and tortured to reveal the location of a secret gold mine. Finally, she promised to take them there, but on reaching the river she called up her powers and changed the course of the river drowning the soldiers and herself. It is said that her ghost guards the entrance to that secret mine, to this day.

 

OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Tour Departs From: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Tour Duration: 4 � hours
TOUR TIMETABLE (Approx. Times)
Travelling time from Pier to Martha Brae River: 90 minutes
River Rafting: 90 minutes
Traveling time from Martha Brae to Travel Halt: 40 minutes
Travel Halt (optional stop): 15 minutes
Traveling time from Travel Halt to Cruise Ship Pier: 50 minutes
Maximum participation: 20 persons
Maximum participation: 100 persons
Sites Equipped With Restroom Facilities: Martha Brae and Travel Halt
Refreshments: A choice of a non-alcoholic beverage
or rum punch is provided at Martha Brae

 

Dolphin Cove

Dolphin Cove offers 3 exciting dolphin programs and breathtaking property to see the dolphins at play, and walk our Jungle Trail. There�s a lot to do and see, making Dolphin Cove one of Jamaica's leading attractions.

 

Chukka Cove farm & Polo Club

Chukka Cove is a farm and stable, which offers horseback riding to suit anyone, from beginners to the most experienced. Their beach ride takes you through a dairy and cattle farm to the beach where an exhilarating ride through the waves will set your adrenaline flowing. Another popular trail lead Papillion Cove where Steve McQueen did his famous cliff dive in the movie of the same name. As a bonus, you can catch a polo game here most Thursdays and Saturdays at 4 pm.

 

Hours: Open daily

Location: 15 minutes from Ocho Rios, just beyond St Ann �s Bay

Phone: (876) 972-2506

Admission: varies

 

Hooves

See Jamaica on a two-hour horseback tour of a working farm 1200 feet up in the hills above Ocho Rios. Knowledgeable guides will explain agricultural methods. Feel the textures and appreciate the distinctive smells of Jamaica 's plants and trees.

 

Tours start at 10 am and 3 pm and it is best to make reservations since they limit the number of riders to ensure individual attention. Owner Tina Williams will personally make sure that you have a horse suited to your expertise, Call (876)974-6245.

 

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Shopping

 

Rooms is located within walking distance of duty free shops, boutiques, gift shops, food stores and the craft market. There is a sundries shop on the property.

 

Island Village

Island Village offers a wide variety of places for shopping and entertainment. The village offers entertainment in its convert venue, in addition to some of locations including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Cove Theater, ReggaeXplosion, and the Eight Rivers Casino.

 

 

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