Explore the Buzzing Town of Ocho Rios Like a Local

Explore the Buzzing Town of Ocho Rios Like a Local

Explore Ocho Rios like a local who actually lives there! What better way to discover hidden gems than from a Jamaican. After all, there’s nothing like a little insider knowledge to truly take advantage of all a place has to offer.

When local Raquel Parke isn’t enjoying the panoramic view from her seaside high rise in Ocho Rios, or toting her karate champion son around, she is busy working on film sets and coordinating charitable events at the St. Ann Polo Club where she is also a member. Jamaica Experiences got her insider notes on where to go and what to do in Ocho Rios (aka Ochie).

Places to Eat in Ocho Rios

“A stalwart in Tower Isle - consistently good Jamaican food … a very reasonably priced great Jamaican breakfast. “
Main Street, Tower Isle
Tel: (876) 975 4360

Caffé Da Vinci
“Excellent Italian option en route to Mobay. Roasted chicken in rosemary is so popular you have to book in advance!”
Island Village
Turtle River Road
Tel: (876) 630 7025

Attractions in Ocho Rios

Mystic Mountain
Tel: (876) 974 3990

Dolphin Cove
Tel: (876) 974 5335

Chukka Cove
Tel: (876) 656 8026


Beaches in Ocho Rios

Bamboo Beach Club

Tower Isle
(Entrance rates start at USD$11)
Tel: (876) 975 5122

Bambu Blu
Mammee Bay
(Sometimes booked for private events, call in advance)
Tel: (876) 974 9983

Shopping in Ocho Rios

Shop ½ Island Village
Turtle River Road
Tel: (876) 675 5220

Shop #40
Taj Mahal Plaza
Main Street
Tel: (876) 974 3733

Shop # 2
Soni’s Plaza
Tel: (876) 974 9270

Insider tips:
Check out St. Mary’s Prospect Market opposite Sans Souci hotel. Open (only) on Fridays from 6am to 6pm.
The beach at Dunns River is actually as amazing as the falls and for a US$20 entrance fee, it’s the best swim money can buy.

When in season (February to July), polo is a great game to watch in Jamaica. Entrance is free and games are usually held on Saturdays from 3 pm.

St. Ann Polo Club
Drax Hall
Tel: (876) 387 4037