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Featured Resort and Hotels in Jamaica

Due to Covid-19 we offer a very limited number of resorts in Jamaica including Montego Bay, Negril and Och Rios but prices have come down during the last 2 months.

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Port Antonio Coronavirus Covid-19 Travel Update to Jamaica

Port Antonio

Errol Flynn mentioned once Port Antonio as heaven on earth, an explanation echoed by many tourists that have found this island Eden to be, quite simply, the definitive holiday destination.

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Nestled between twin harbors on the Jamaica’s northeast, with covered mountains that plunge down to the ocean, Port Antonio has lived up to its status as “the most superb port on earth.”

Orchids, bananas and palm trees grow in large amount. Waterfalls plunge into fern-edged pools and some of the island’s most elegant villas and charming small hotels are tucked into hillsides overlooking secluded azure coves.

Established in the year 1723, Port Antonio was Jamaica’s most important center for banana growth and export in the late 1800s. One of Jamaica’s first resorts was built here in 1905, and it soon became a vacation place for the rich and famous of the day.

Actors from Hollywood arrived in the 1950s, a few years after Errol Flynn sought shelter in the harbor of Port Antonio on his yacht and decided not to leave: Flynn bought several properties in Port Antonio, including a plantation.

Today, Port Antonio’s beauty makes it popular for movies and fashion shoots and its resorts, hotels & villas continue to provide inspiration for movie celebrities, authors, aristocrats, and leaders of industry & commerce and politics.

From the ruins of the Folly, a manor recklessly built of concrete material and seawater, to the Fortress of George, an 18th-century British stronghold which cannons still point out to ocean, the history of Port Antonio is only a heartbeat away.

Perhaps that’s why life moves at a slower speed then it does in another place, so there’s more occasion to take pleasure in swimming, snorkeling and scuba-diving in the shimmer Blue Lagoon, which is fed by freshwater springs and thought to reach a depth of 200 feet.

A bamboo raft ride downward the Rio Grande river or a dip in the stimulating pool at the base of Somerset Falls are other popular activities. Strolling through tropical Athenry Gardens and exploring the prehistoric stalagmites and stalactites of Nonsuch Caves, where rare fossils and Indian relics have been originated.

Even the most active vacationer will be satisfied by the relaxed hiking and horseback riding trips through the Rio Grande Valley which are offered by Valley Hikes, a high-quality eco-tour organization that also offers excursions to the historic Maroon settlement of Moore Town.

Basking on the flat sand of Frenchman’s Cove or any of Port Antonio’s idyllic beaches could be the best alternative of all, unless fishing is a passion. Port Antonio has some of the finest deep-sea fishing possibilities in Jamaica, with marlin, tuna and kingfisher in abundance and it also hosts the Annual International Marlin Tournament in October.

Jamaica’s mouth-tingling “jerk” style pork and chicken is a local specialty and some of the island’s best can be found at Boston Beach, the “birthplace” of jerk cuisine in Jamaica, just east of the town.

Accommodations in Port Antonio span the fashionable elegance of villas and the luxurious resort hotels, to the hillside charm of moderately priced small hotels and inns.

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Travel after Covid-19 Reopening to Jamaica

Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean, to the south of Cuba and to the west of the island of Hispaniola. With 2.8 million people, Jamaica is the third most populous anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. It remains a Commonwealth realm and is a completely independent and a sovereign nation.

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Jamaica exports coffee, papaya, bauxite, gypsum, limestone and sugar cane.

Its motto and nickname for the country is called “Out of Many, One People”.

History of Jamaica

The Arawak and Taino indigenous people originating from South America settled on the island between 4000 and 1000 BC.

Christopher Columbus claimed Jamaica for Spain after landing there in 1494. Columbus’ probable landing point was Dry Harbour, now called Discovery Bay. St. Ann’s Bay was the “Saint Gloria” of Columbus who first sighted Jamaica at this point. The Spanish were forcibly evicted by the British at Ocho Rios in St. Ann and in 1655 the British took over the last Spanish fort in Jamaica. The Spanish colonists fled leaving a large number of African slaves. Rather than be re-enslaved by the English, they escaped into the hilly, mountainous regions of the island, joining those who had previously escaped from the Spanish to live with the Taínos. These runaway slaves, who became known as the Jamaican Maroons, fought the British during the 18th century. During the long years of slavery Maroons established free communities in the mountainous interior of Jamaica, maintaining their freedom and independence for generations.

During its first 200 years of British rule, Jamaica became one of the world’s leading sugar-exporting, slave-dependent nations. After the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, the British imported Indian and Chinese workers as indentured servants to supplement the labour pool. Descendants of indentured servants of Indian and Chinese origin continue to reside in Jamaica today.

By the beginning of the 19th century, Jamaica’s heavy reliance on slavery resulted in blacks (Africans) outnumbering whites (Europeans) by a ratio of almost 20 to 1. Even though England had outlawed the importation of slaves, some were still smuggled into the colonies.

In the 1800s, the British established a number of botanical gardens. These included the Castleton Garden, set up in 1862 to replace the Bath Garden (created in 1779) which was subject to flooding. Bath Garden was the site for planting breadfruit brought to Jamaica from the Pacific by Captain William Bligh. Other gardens were the Cinchona Plantation founded in 1868 and the Hope Garden founded in 1874. In 1872, Kingston became the island’s capital.

Jamaica slowly gained increasing independence from the United Kingdom and in 1958, it became a province in the Federation of the West Indies before attaining full independence by leaving the federation in 1962.

People

The majority of Jamaicans are descended at least partially from the many Africans who were enslaved and transported to the island. Jamaica also has sizeable numbers of Whites and Coloreds, persons of Syrian/Lebanese descent, and a large population of Chinese and East Indians, many of whom have intermixed throughout the generations. Mixed-race Jamaicans are the second largest racial group after Black Jamaicans.

Christianity is the majority religion on the island, and the Rasta community, which Jamaica is known for internationally, has also featured prominently in its history. As in other Caribbean areas, West African religion and folk beliefs (locally called Obeah among other terms) are sometimes practised by some while being completely taboo for others. There are communities of Muslims and Hindus, together with a small but quite ancient Jewish community.

Climate

The climate in Jamaica is tropical, with hot and humid weather, although higher inland regions are more temperate. Some regions on the south coast are relatively dry rain-shadow areas. Jamaica lies in the hurricane belt of the Atlantic Ocean; as a result, the island sometimes experiences significant storm damage.

Flora

The edge of the Blue Mountains, just north of Kingston.

Jamaica supports diverse ecosystems with a wealth of plants and animals.

Jamaica’s plant life has changed considerably over the centuries. When the Spanish came here in 1494, except for small agricultural clearings, the country was deeply forested, but the European settlers cut down the great timber trees for building purposes and cleared the plains, savannahs, and mountain slopes for cultivation. Many new plants were introduced including sugar cane, bananas, and citrus trees.

In the areas of heavy rainfall are stands of bamboo, ferns, ebony, mahogany, and rosewood. Cactus and similar dry-area plants are found along the south and southwest coastal area. Parts of the west and southwest consist of large grasslands, with scattered stands of trees.

Fauna

Jamaican animal life is diverse and includes many endemic species found nowhere else on earth. As with other islands, non-human land animals are made up almost entirely of bats. The only non-bat native mammal extant in Jamaica is the Jamaican hutia, locally known as the coney. Introduced mammals such as wild boar and the small Asian mongoose are also common. Jamaica is also home to many reptiles, the largest of which is the American crocodile (although it is found only in the Black River and a few other areas). Lizards from the colourful Anolis genus, iguanas and snakes such as racers and the Jamaica boa (the largest snake on the island) are common. None of Jamaica’s native snakes is dangerously venomous. Beautiful and exotic birds such as the Jamaican tody and the doctor bird (the national bird) can be found, among a large number of others. Insects and other invertebrates are abundant, including the world’s largest centipede, the Amazonian giant centipede, and the homerus swallowtail, the Western Hemisphere’s largest butterfly.

Jamaican waters contain considerable resources of fresh-and saltwater fish. The chief varieties of saltwater fish are kingfish, jack, mackerel, whiting, bonito, and tuna. Fish that occasionally enter freshwater include snook, jewfish, gray and black snapper, and mullet. Fish that spend the majority of their lives in Jamaica’s fresh waters include many species of live-bearers, killifish, freshwater gobies, the mountain mullet, and the American eel. Tilapia have been introduced from Africa for aquaculture, and are very common.

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Kingston Coronavirus Covid-19 Travel Update to Jamaica

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Kingston is the national capital and the commercial hub of Jamaica. Kingston is also the largest city in the Caribbean that speaks English. Kingston has the seventh largest natural harbor globally and is surrounded with the sea to the south and the Saint Andrew Mountains to the north.

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At the foot of the Blue Mountains, it faces the world’s seventh-largest natural harbor; Jamaica’s vibrant capital is the largest English-speaking city to the south of Florida’s Miami. The center of the country’s government and commerce, Kingston is truly the center point of Jamaica, with a wide array of chronological and cultural attractions, along with classy nightlife and cuisine that offers a multi-ethnic contrast to the rest of the island’s slow and easy going pace.

Excursion tours may take you to visit mansions such as the historic Devon House, the exciting drama at the Little Theatre and of course to the National Gallery, which houses a wide-ranging assortment of Jamaican art and crafts.

Kingston is a city with fine museums, art galleries and theatres; Kingston is also the birthplace of Jamaica’s own reggae music that has swept the world. The metropolitan area of Kingston has many nightclubs, discos for dance, theatre and restaurants that keep nightlife sizzling until early morning.

History is everywhere in Kingston, from the Parish Church of Kingston, where the oldest grave is dated 1699, to the Parade, a energetic, crowded square where British military once drilled. Multicolored and diverse, you can even tee up for golf; or listen to the Jamaican Philharmonic Symphony or watch the Kingston National Dance Theatre perform; picnic on the beach or tour a botanical garden. Kingston also boasts a arts and crafts bazaar and there is exceptional duty free shopping all over the city.

A tiny drive up from Kingston into the lush Blue Mountains brings you to captivating inns tucked into hillsides exposed with lush plants. Visit the famous Blue Mountain Coffee plantation and buy some coffee that has been known around the world.

Close to the University of the West Indies campus, flora and vegetation bloom around the year at the 200-acre Hope Gardens, that opened in the late 19 centuries and includes an orchid home and a small enjoyment park for children. The University of the West Indies was established in 1948, on the location of a former plantation and is of the Caribbean’s most well-known university.

Visit the location that, in the 17th century, was the home of famous pirates, “Port Royal” set at the end of the Palisadoes Peninsula that curves around the Kingston Harbor. Remnants of the town’s depraved past can be seen at the Museum of Historical Archaeology, the Maritime Museum and Giddy House which tilts at a 45 degree slant as well as about 30 feet offshore, where, with special authorization, covered ruins can be viewed on a scuba diving expedition.

A short drive from Kingston, Spanish Town has been Jamaica’s capital under both the Spanish and until 1872, the British. It is home to the Cathedral Church of Saint James that was built in 1523 and which is one of the oldest cathedrals in the world.

With hotels planned to please everybody from commerce travelers to families, Jamaica’s capital is more and more a desirable destination.

Kingston’s location also provides easy access to the striking inns and guesthouses of the Blue Mountains, which rise more than 2.1 kilometers above sea level across the eastern half of Jamaica.

Understand

Kingston is the commercial and cultural capital of Jamaica with nearly a million people calling the city home.

At one point, it was the only city in Jamaica. The city is assigned the equivalent of post/zip codes, (Kingston 5, Kingston 10, etc.) which is a good representation of how truly large this city is, especially for an island such as Jamaica. There are two major sections to this city: ‘downtown’ and ‘uptown,’ also referred to as ‘New Kingston.’

Get in

By plane

  • Norman Manley International Airport (Located in the southeastern part of the island, overlooking Kingston Harbour on the Palisadoes peninsula), . Served by Air Canada, Air Jamaica, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, and a number of Caribbean airlines. Be prepared for queues at the airport, to clear both immigration and customs, which are fairly strict. It is important that you know where you will be staying and write it down on your immigration form. 

There are taxi vans between the airport and town – one person USD28; a group USD33, potentially negotiable. Payment can be in US dollars. The cheapest way is to take bus 98 straight to the Parade in downtown Kingston for JMD80. The bus stop outside the arrivals terminal is for bus 98 going towards Port Royal. Just passed the bus stop is where bus 98 stops on its way to downtown.

  • Kingston Tinson PenThere is a smaller airport closer to downtown, but there is no longer any regular passenger service to it.

By car

Island Rental Cars has offices at the NMIA airport, in downtown Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, and will allow you to do one-way rentals. Remember to drive on the left!

  • Highway 2000 — one of Jamaica’s highways, run through St. Ann Parish to Kingston.
  • North South Highway — runs from North of the island to the south. Taxicabs can be taken from the south to Kingston.

By bus

Kingston has an extensive and modern bus system. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) runs the bus system for the government, while private contractors also run the same routes. There are also minibuses and route taxis which are very affordable. Whenever in doubt, ask a bus driver how to get somewhere or where to find a certain bus; they are generally very helpful.

Public transit generally goes through one or more of the three central transportation hubs.

  • Downtown (Parade and the downtown Kingston Transport Centre). Keep a tight hold of your bags as petty theft is possible as in any large metropolis.
  • The ultra-modern Half-Way Tree Transport Centre (HWT) in uptown Kingston is generally a safer area, but there are less buses.
  • Cross Roads an older, congested hub not suggested for tourists.

Get around

By bus

The bus service in Jamaica has now been upgraded with express buses cost ranging from JMD80 to JMD100, and another bus also air conditioned can be found in yellow with the Jamaican flag at the front costs for regular fares JMD150 and for children under 12 JMD50 12+(prices are expected to raise for the new buses soon because of the increase of gas). The original non air con buses still function, but who knows when will they last?

Interactive bus map

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Jamaica Coronavirus Covid-19 Stats Charts, Curve Timeline

According to the Government in Jamaica, Jamaica has confirmed 1 new Covid-19 infections within Jamaica in the last 24 hours and furthermore 0 deaths have been reported throughout Jamaica. With the new deaths of 0, Jamaica now has a total of 596 Coronavirus/Covid-19 infections and the official death rate reported by the government of Jamaica is 1.7%. 10 died in Jamaica.

Jamaica Coronavirus since Reopening

Austrian Coronavirus since Reopening
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Jamaica Coronavirus Covid-19 Stats

Statistics: JM

  • Infected: 596
  • Recovered: 404
  • Deaths: 10
  • Updated: 2020/07/06 05:33

Jamaica Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Stats

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March 20, 202019+41016
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March 25, 202026+51023
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Timeline of Covid-19 Infections in Jamaica

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Ocho Rios Coronavirus Covid-19 Travel Update to Jamaica

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay are the center of the north coast of Jamaica and is spotted with cliffs and magnificent waterfalls, very near from where Christopher Columbus first landed more than 500 years ago.

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Astonished by Jamaica’s beauty, the visitor stated: “It is the finest island forever eyes be considered mountainous, and the land seems to tap the sky.” Jamaican’s note that Ocho Rios is the place where heaven spills into the ocean.

Today, tourists from all over the globe visit Ocho Rios to make their own discoveries in this stimulating yet peaceful resort area that includes the attractions of one of the Caribbean’s most admired ports-to-call with the superb scenery of the nearby “garden parish” of Saint Ann.

From the open-air museum of Columbus Park atDiscovery Bay to the drowsy settlement of Oracabessa, an incredible sequence of brilliant-blue bays, charming fishing villages and malleable, sandy coves gesture sunbathers, swimmers and water sports fans.

It’s also a magnet for music fans: One of Jamaica’s most well-known sons is famous in the tiny village of Nine Miles throughout the first week of February, when official birthday parties for reggae star Bob Marley, that was born and is buried here and that attracts thousands of visitors.

Away from the resorts and golf courses of Runaway Bay, there’s horseback riding at the Chukka Cove, a resort facility that includes polo matches, instruction and trail rides through neighboring plantations.

At Saint Ann’s Bay, the Seville Great House & Heritage Park includes antiques from the excavated colony of New Seville that was founded in 1509 by the son of Christopher Columbus.

One of the Jamaica’s best-known ordinary attractions is the Dunn’s River Falls, a dramatic 600-foot drop of cascading water that’s considered the Niagara of the Caribbean. A highlight of any trip to Ocho Rios is a careful climb up its limestone tiers, followed by a bathe at the beach below.

The three-mile drive from start to end vine-draped Fern Gully includes close-up views of 30-foot-tall fern trees and other specimens unique to the island.

Transfixing vistas of the coast and a abundance of indigenous plants, flowers and trees are offered at Shaw Park Gardens, while a look at Jamaica’s indigenous Taino Indian culture is provided at the Coyaba River Garden and Museum, in another leafy tropical setting.

Abundant crops of sugarcane, coffee and bananas have been harvested since the 18th century at Prospect Plantation, which offers tours and horseback riding. Further east, Harmony Hall is a restored Victorian mansion with an art gallery that sells some of the finest art and crafts on the island.

When night comes, you are able to catch a canoe ride up the torch-lit White River, a journey that includes a folklore show, dinner and open bar at the dinner theater performance at the Little Pub.

Excellent dining in exotic settings is also on hand at restaurants like the Ruins and the Almond Tree. Try Evita’s, where the menu features unique Jamaican-Italian specialties like “Rasta Pasta.”

Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios are flooded with places to stay, from traditional high-rise hotels to all-inclusive resorts which cater specifically to singles, families or to couples only.

Ocho Rios is on the northeastern shore of Jamaica. Commonly referred to as Ochi it is a popular destination for cruise ships and tourists alike. It features a bulk of resorts and tourist attractions. There are many conveniences, such as supermarkets and restaurants.

Get in

By plane

A local airport provides charter plane access from the larger airports in Montego Bay and Kingston (Jamaica). Montego Bay is home to the biggest airport in Jamaica and this is where most of the visitors will enter island. There are many companies that offers private transfers to Ocho Rios from the Montego Bay. The two resort citys are 67 miles apart which is done in about 90 minutes’ drive.

By helicopter

Montego Bay Helicopters can be hired to transport from Kingston, Negril, etc. to get into Ocho Rios. The Bell 206 Jet Ranger can take 4 passengers. In some cases you may need additional short distance ground taxi if your resort does not provide an landing area e.g helipad , golf course.

By boat

Many cruise ships visit the town year round, and are served by two piers. The large “main pier” (nearest downtown) has some facilities and many vendors just outside the secure area. The “James Bond” pier farther West is very industrial, with almost no services except for tour operators; it requires a substantial walk to downtown, but the sidewalk is lined with taxis.

By route taxi

Direct route taxis are available from St. Ann’s Bay and Port Maria (~J$150).

To get to Ochi from Kingston, Port Antonio or cities in eastern Jamaica, take a route taxi to Port Maria and take a route taxi from there to Ochi. Avoid saying you’re going to Ochi, otherwise route taxis going to other destinations will try to grab you and you will require another route taxi to get over to Port Maria.

Get around

Route taxis are everywhere. To give you an idea of the local cost 120 JMD$ is the cost of a shared route taxis between Ocho Rios and Oracabessa! ( $1 USD is equal to $86 JMD

Chartered taxis from Ocho Rios to Kingston can cost as little as 500 JA$! You share with lots of other people!

Taxis called by hotels are safe but expensive. Have the hotel call a taxi for you; they know the island better and you will not be put in an unmarked taxi. Minibuses go around the island from transportation centres.

See

  • Shaw Park Botanical Gardens
  • Coyaba River Garden and Museum
  • James Bond beach, which is close to what was the home of his creator, Ian Fleming.

Do

There are many different adventurous activities from rafting to zip-lining.

  • Dolphin CoveHighway A3, . Daily 8:30AM-5:30PMDolphin encounters and swims. US$129 to swim with one, US$195 to swim with three for 30min. US$50 entrance.
  • Dunn’s River FallsHighway A3 (5 km from Ocho Rios). Climbing these waterfalls in a human chain is one of Jamaica’s most famous attractions. The series of waterfalls span about 900 feet and the park includes a private beach as well as a cafe and craft shops. Park admission US$20 or $12 for children 11 years of age or under. There are lockers available, but they aren’t safe.
  • Chukka Cove Adventures.
  • Calypso Rafting (Route taxi from the clock-tower up exchange road). A small business set up a little ways up the White River. They have personal inner tubes down the river for US$25 and bamboo rafts for US$55 per 2-person raft. They can also supposedly do jet ski rentals for US$70 each. No credit cards, cash/travelers check only.
  • Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain (Take a route taxi towards St Ann’s Bay ~J$150), ,  11AM-4PMA small amusement park 2km west of Ochi, which is a popular cruise ship activity so come early or avoid on cruise ship days. The chairlift (sky lift explorer) is US$46.20. The lift with ziplining is US$114.40. The lift with a Jamaican ‘bobsled’ (roller coaster for US$68.20. All 3 for US$137.50. The ziplining includes 5 ziplines and a 100ft abseil drop. There is a waterslide, small pool, restaurant and viewing tower at the top. Website says park opens at 9AM which is false. US$46-138.

Buy

  • Harmony Hall, . Tower Isle. Genuine Jamaica artwork and handicraft in an exquisite Victorian gingerbread house outside Ocho Rios.
  • United Supermarket, downtown, offers virtually all basic grocery items needed for self-catering.
  • Crafts, Ocho Rios has 7 craft markets namely: Ocho Rios craft market (across from Sonis Plaza), Coconut Grove, Dunn’s River Falls, Fern Gully, Swansea, Pineapple Place, and Olde Market .

Eat

  • Steamed fish at the Fishermen’s Beach in Ocho Rios.
  • Passage to India. Great Indian food.
  • Toscanini’s. The best Italian/Caribbean food.
  • Jerk Chicken Smooked spicy meat done on spice wood fire

Drink

  • John Crows. Modern Bar and Food at very reasonable prices with excellent service.
  • Margaritaville. Beach, themed bar and waterslide. Drinks are expensive when compared to other local bars. Beach party and club nights a regular event.
  • Hard Rock Café.
  • Ocean’s Eleven. Beachfront bar with special event nights (Thursday is Latin night!).

Where to stay in Ocho Rios

  • Beaches Resorts (beaches), Tower Isle (Close to Reggae Beach, Harmony Hall and Toscanini’s.), . Villa Cocotero is a chic, stylish bed and breakfast. There is a great pool with views out to the Caribbean Sea set within a lush tropical garden of coconut trees, banana palms, mango and orange trees.
  • Riu Ocho RiosMammee Bay, St.Ann. In addition to the beach, Riu Ocho Rios features two spectacular swimming pools, and dining in a variety of specialty restaurants.Stage productions are abundant, the Pacha Discotheque is a popular attraction in addition to the sports bar, which is open 24 hours. Children’s activities are supervised at the Kid’s Club. The hotel’s meeting facilities can accommodate up to 100 guests.
  • Jamaica InnThe rooms do not have radios, clocks, or TVs to distract. Every night, a seven course dinner is served outdoors with live entertainment.
  • Jewel Dunn’s River ResortMammee Bay, St. Ann, near Dunns River Falls, toll-free: +1-888-529-5176The Jewel Dunns River Resort is an adults-only, all-inclusive luxury resort.
  • Bed & Breakfast Oracabessa13 Mainstreet (Boscobel/Gibraltar), . Small and friendly guest house with a private beach where, in season, guests can watch the turtles nesting or hatching. 30$.

Go next

  • Wata Land – In St. Mary Parish, Jamaica, which is 15 minutes drive from Ocho Rios. Wata Land offers many adventerous activites like, water sliding from 15ft’s in the air into the deep pool of water. Wata Land also offers mystic climbing and horseback riding
  • Dunn’s River Falls– In St. Ann Parish, not far from Ocho Rios. You can climb the fall or the rocks, swim in the river to the beach waters.

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