Ocho Rios has some of the best beaches in Jamaica, but not everyone wants to spend every hour of their vacation sitting next to the water. From hiking and adventure centers to shopping, this tropical paradise has so much more to offer than sand and surf. We want to make sure you get a chance to check it all out. That way, boredom will never creep up on you during your visit. Take a look at the list below for ways to explore the Ocho Rios that is away from the beach.
Search for Waterfalls
There is a plethora of waterfalls all around Ocho Rios. All you need to do to find them is hike a bit. Take a look at Konoko Falls, Shaw Park Gardens, Blue Hole, or Dunn’s River Falls. Seeing the waterfalls at these locations is one of the most highly rated activities in the area. With all of the luscious vegetation and spectacular weather, you might never want to leave. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Visit the Adventure Center
You don’t have to go to California to have a theme park type of experience. Mystic Mountain has activities to keep the family entertained for hours on end. This place has bobsled rides, aerial trams that traverse the canopy of the forest, a heritage museum, zip lines, dolphin coves, and a park, so there’s something for everyone. The highlight really is the bobsled ride, so be sure to try this 1,000-meter, gravity-driven, high-tech experience. Remember to hold on to your hat; otherwise, you’ll lose it as you go flying down the track!
Explore Some Art
You don’t have to spend all your time on action-focused adventures. The Harmony Hall art gallery is a good choice for those wanting to explore Jamaican culture while supporting local artists. There are three galleries open to the public. One gallery has a variety of prints available for purchase. What better way is there to bring home a reminder of your time in Ocho Rios than to buy a print from a local artist?
You will most certainly want to bring home some reminders of your fun-filled time in Ocho Rios, and there are plenty of places to get some good souvenirs in the city. The Taj Mahal Shopping Center is the ideal place to start looking. This mall is also a great place to start your search for hotels in Ocho Rios because of its central location in a nice part of town. Island Village is another option for souvenirs if you’re looking for a livelier atmosphere.
Relax at a Spa
There are many spas to choose from in Ocho Rios. From resort-quality spas to local, cheaper options, there is something for everyone. Book a massage and let all the stress of the real world melt away. Once you’ve experienced all that the city has to offer, you may decide to make Jamaica your new home. We certainly wouldn’t blame you!