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
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.
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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.
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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.