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CARIBBEAN TRAVEL GUIDE
Jamaica Travel Guide:
Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica   by Clint Leung
General Facts About Jamaica   by Dottson Bando
Honeymooning in Jamaica   by Diane McCalley
Jamaica - A Tropical Paradise   by Denny Phillips
Jammin' in Jamaica   by Caitlin Moore
Montego Bay Makes Mondays Bearable    by Caitlin Moore
Natural Wonders In Ocho Rios, Jamaica   by Mark Freeman
Negril Jamaica Vacation   by Harvey J. Williams
Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Shore Excursion Tips   by Lamar Jayden
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Shore Excursion Tips   by Lamar Jayden

Ocho Rios is located on Jamaica's northeast coast. Once a small fishing and banana port, Ocho Rios has become the cruise ship capital of Jamaica and the most popular western Caribbean port of call due to its stunning waterfalls, beaches, and fun filled Shore Excursions.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica, West Indies, Central America
Ocho Rios, Jamaica, West Indies, Central America
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There is plenty to see and do while your cruise ship is docked in this scenic tropical port. In addition to relaxing in the incomparable blue Caribbean sea and sun-worshipping on the magnificent beaches, there are a number of excellent excursions in and around Ocho Rios that can include shopping, snorkeling, downhill mountain bike riding, botanical gardens tours, plantation tours, horseback riding treks, river tubing adventures, and river rafting. For beach lovers, there are Mahogany, Boscobel, and James Bond beach. At Mahogany beach you and your family will be delighted with the variety of activities there are to enjoy. One of the best ways to see the tropical beauty Jamaica has to offer is by booking a shore excursion. Your cruise ship offers a variety of Shore excursions in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and they range in price from $25.00 - $150.00 per person. These excursions are very popular and fill up very fast so to avoid being disappointed, try to book early. Many cruise lines offer shore excursions on their websites, allowing bookings before leaving home. Another option to booking shore excursions is with an independent operator. You can find independent operators offering the same, if not better and more private, shore excursions at competitive rates. When looking for independent operators make sure that they belong to "Jamaica's Union of Travelers Association" (J.U.T.A). JUTA operators can be recognized by an identification card and their vehicles will have a red license plate. Remember to book in advance; if no reservation is available for your arrival date, your last resort will be to negotiate your excursion with a tour operator at the pier, but be careful; prices can vary dramatically from operator to operator. There is an abundance of fun filled activities in Ocho Rios and it is difficult to pick one out of the many options, however, my personal favorite excursion is to Dunn's River Falls. 

Turtle Beach, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Turtle Beach, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Most ship passengers who visit Ocho Rios are eager to take the challenge of climbing this 600 ft (183m) waterfall, shaped like a giant staircase, cascading down to form cool pools among rocks, nestled in a picturesque forest of trees. For those who feel a little less daring, one can walk along the dramatic falls observing the beauty of the lush tropical vegetation. Beach lovers can hang out at the base of the falls. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit, and waterproof camera. Lockers and water shoes can be rented on site. You might opt to save money by bringing a pair of old sneakers to protect your feet when climbing (sandals are not allowed). Shore excursions can be a truly memorable experience, but also time consuming. I recommend researching the various excursions and comparing prices before booking. It is best to book excursions located within the Ocho Rios area and not more than 30 minutes away. You and your family will have more time to relax and take in the beautiful Jamaican scenery instead of worrying about getting back to the boat on time.

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About the Author - Lamar Jayden is the owner of Ocho Rios Tour. Ocho Rios Tour offers a variety of shore excursions in Ocho Rios. They specialize in cruise ship passengers looking to maximize Ocho Rios shore excursion activities at reduced cost.
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Chrisanns Beach Resort, Ocho Rios
Chrisanns Beach  Resort Condominium Apartments is the ultimate in Jamaican Casual resorts, and offers the vacationer the perfect vacation paradise. Located along the main road about 3 miles east of Ocho Rios, and Dunns River Falls. These are two story condominium apartment blocks, hugging a private pool and overlooking its own private piece of the Caribbean. It is small, accommodating about 80 adults, thus allowing intimacy and personalized pampering of each individual guest. Facilities for children are extremely limited, so we are not a family oriented resort. Accommodation at Chrisanns Beach Resort ranges from studios to three bedroom suites. All apartments have a private patio or balcony.
Couples Tower Isle All Inclusive, Ocho Rios
Located 65 miles from the Donald Sangster International Airport. Jamaica's original all-inclusive resort, Couples Ocho Rios captures the essence of old Jamaica charm and breath- taking beauty. The hotel's white exterior stands in sharp contrast to the surrounding tropical foliage and the sea while the hotel's ambiance combines the allure of a '50s Hollywood hangout with tropical splendors. Sand, surf and the fresh-water pool overlooking the sea beckon guests to settle in and relax.  The resort features 201 exquisitely appointed air-conditioned guestrooms with king size beds, satellite TV, telephones, cd players and radios, in-room safes and balconies or patios overlooking the Caribbean sea, mountains or gardens.
Fisherman's Point Resort, Ocho Rios
Fisherman's Point Resort is an oceanfront property, convenient to shopping, dining and entertainment in picturesque Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Rolling hills, jagged estuaries and sandy beaches lined with palms make up the fertile landscape of this popular tourist destination. Ocho Rios offers everything from duty-free shops and authentic brand name merchandise, to local artisan galleries and street vendors. Besides just lounging around on the beach, popular activities include golfing, horseback riding, windsurfing, snorkeling or climbing the waterfall at Dunn's River Falls. The resort has an outdoor pool and sundeck, with a toddler's pool and slide nearby. The poolside bar serves up tropical drinks and the Seasplash restaurant and bar offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Rooms on the Beach, Ocho Rios
The beachside Rooms on the Beach is located on Ocho Rios, Jamaica's, North Coast, within eight kilometers of Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River Falls.  Complimentary continental breakfasts are served each morning. Full breakfasts, lunches and dinners are available daily at the hotel restaurant. The outdoor pool area is surrounded by towering palm trees, a poolside bar and bright blue umbrellas and sun loungers.  All guestrooms showcase ocean views. Rooms feature yellow tones, tiled floors and mahogany furnishings. Amenities include coffeemakers. CD players and cable television is provided and wireless internet access is available for a fee. 
Sandcastles Beach Resort, Ocho Rios
Steps from the tranquil blue waters of the Caribbean, the Sandcastles Beach Resort Ocho Rios is centrally located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Rolling hills, jagged estuaries and sandy beaches lined with palms make up the fertile landscape of this popular tourist destination. Ocho Rios offers everything from duty-free shops and authentic brand name merchandise, to local artisan galleries and street vendors. Besides just lounging around on the beach, popular activities include golfing, horseback riding, windsurfing, snorkeling or climbing the waterfall at Dunn's River Falls. A 16-person jetted tub, a snack bar, a hair-braiding cabana and a band shell are all situated next to the freeform pool, which has a waterslide and a children's section.
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