Ocho Rios is known for its tropical climate and world class resorts and most famously used for the beach location in the very first James Bond movie released in 1962. For tourists the town is used more as a base for the nearby attractions and adventures like horseback riding, zip-lining, dog sledding and waterfall climbing,if you are looking for a place to relax and sit back this probably isn’t the place for you.
The name Ocho Rios either came from the Spanish meaning "eight rivers" or an adulteration of "las chorreras" (the spouts), reflecting the large number of waterfalls in the area. Rainy season here lasts from May to November and the warmer dry season is from December to April. The main airport in Ocho Rios is Ian Fleming International Airport (Boscobel Aerodrome), for international flights the closest and more popular airport for visitors is the Montego International Airport (Donald Sangster Airport). Leaving the airport you are better off pre-booking your transportation to save on money, time and stress on arrival.
The town was once primarily a fishing village now caters for tourists, cruise and cargo ships, it’s major attraction is the beautiful beaches and mountainous backdrops which provide endless hours of adventure and leave an everlasting impression.
Ocho Rios has miles of beach for you to sit back and relax and sleep the day away under the shade of a coconut tree but one of the main reasons visitors choose to come to Ocho Rios is for pure adrenaline rush and those seeking an adventure. The more laid back but still as breathtaking is the chance to swim with dolphins, horse riding, playing golf or spend a day cruising aboard a catamaran and diving the reefs. For the more extreme try a Jamaican canopy zip-lining, bamboo rafting with deep sea fishing and for the ultimate and most challenging climbing the famous Dunn’s River Falls.
Exploring the town is a must do also with a visit to the Parish of St. Ann on the north coast is known as the "garden parish" because of its great beauty with lush, vibrantly hued foliage. One last thing on the “to do” list is to try the local Jerk and visit a local bar to really experience what Jamaica is famous for.
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