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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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Natural Wonders In Ocho Rios, Jamaica   by Mark Freeman

An island nation, Jamaica offers a wealth of natural beauty. Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is home to some of the most well-known of the island's natural wonders, including a glistening waterfall that attracts visitors from all over and the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

Dunn's River Falls offers a hiking experience that allows even the decidedly non-athletic to enjoy a beautiful view of the 600 foot high waterfalls. However, while the 900 foot climb to the top may seem like a cake walk to the experienced hiker, for those not accustomed to activities, caution should be taken and children should be monitored carefully to avoid injury.

Tourists at Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, West Indies, Central America
Tourists at Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, West Indies, Central America
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With that being said, however, the experience is one not to be missed. The views alone are worth the walk. There are areas at the bottom and along the hiking path for wading and splashing in the cold and very clear mountain water.

At Dolphin Cove, visitors can enjoy up close and personal interaction with a family group of bottle nose dolphins. Located near Ocho Rios, at one of the most beautiful natural coves in Jamaica, the setting is lush and green, placed in the midst of 4 acres of rain forest.

There are three types of dolphin experience packages available, allowing visitors to choose the degree of interaction best suited to their comfort zone and experience. These include the opportunity to swim and interact with a group of dolphins, another that provides in water interaction with a single dolphin and another which is called a touch encounter package, which is best suited for non-swimmers and children. The traveler should make contact well in advance for individual package rates and to make reservations, as spots are limited.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica, West Indies, Central America
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Dolphin Cove also features other attractions, including a jungle walk trail, while not too physically challenging, offers a fascinating look at local flora and fauna. This is a particularly nice destination for children as there is ample opportunity to have an up close view of brightly colored birds and reptiles. Pristine beaches, perfect for those who enjoy the sun and sand, but not the crowds, and kayaking are also available to visitors, as well as a waterfall that is sure to be less crowded than Dunn's River Falls.

At Cranbrook Flower Forest and Riverhead Adventure Trail, which is open daily from 9am to 5pm, tourists can explore the grounds of this restored water mill. Its greenhouses and grounds are home to many varieties of flowers, including numerous types of orchids. Horseback riding is available, and is the perfect way to enjoy traveling the trails. Admission for $6 and $3 for children under 12 and horseback riding rates are $30 for 2 hours.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is surrounded by surprising natural beauty. Surprising, in that so many of these natural wonders are found in the midst of the bustling businesses of the tourist industry. Yet, despite the large amount of commercialism, the natural beauty still remains, often seemingly undisturbed by the unceasing flow of visitors. That which has attracted adventurers and travelers for centuries remains readily apparent and truly remarkable.


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Afterglow Villa, Vacation Rental Villa, Ocho Rios
Afterglow is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath villa nestled in a lush tropical garden overlooking the sea and near to the brand new Sandals Breezes. Built in the early 50's Afterglow is considered a classic Ocho Rios oceanfront villa.  The villa interior consists of a lovely living room and dining area which open up to the outside with beautiful white louvered doors, onto a covered verandah on both the west and ocean side. The verandah has a dining table for 6 and comfortable lounge chairs. The upper terrace has a kidney shaped pool and comfortable lounge chairs. The lower terrace has a small gazebo for shady relaxing by the sea. 

Barbary - Villa with a View  (Ref: 7436), Ocho Rios
Set on 2.5 acres of private Jamaican hillside overlooking Ocho Rios, Barbary provides you with the seclusion of a private estate within just minutes drive of the sights and attractions of Ocho Rios and Jamaica’s north shore.  The villa comprises 3 bedrooms in total; 3 double and 1 cots, 2 of the bedrooms with en-suite facilities. The property also has 3 single sofa beds located in the Single mattresses can be added to each bedroom, 1 double sofa bed located in the In the draped off card room. This gives room for up to 10 people. Bed linen and towels are provided for your use.  The villa has 4 bathrooms and 4 WCs for your party's use. Air-conditioning keeps the villa cool.  The villa has television video, dvd, satellite/cable. The music system will play cassettes, cds, radio.  Sleeps 10
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.

Luxurious Ocho Rios Villa, W/Ocean View (Ref: 23220), Ocho Rios
This 5 bedroom villa is spacious and graciously arranged with stylish amenities and furnishings. Breathtaking sea view ,private pools, and talented staffs. Transport yourself to the lapping turquoise waters and pristine sandy beaches of Ocho Rios. Relax and unwind in this breathtaking Jamaican Luxury Villa in Classic Plantation-Style. Over 8000 sq. ft, 5 bedrooms and stunning ocean views await you, along with a profession staff to attend to your every need. Our talented cook with prepare your favorite meals or the delicious flavors of local flavors and regional specialties with a butler service. Warm walks on the beach, the perfect view for the spectacular Jamaican Sunset drifting down along the Private Beach.   Sleeps 16.
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