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Ocho Rios Introduction


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Ocho Rios, Jamaica, would seem to be Spanish for "eight rivers," but it is most likely a corruption of the Spanish word chorreras, which means "waterfalls." Jamaicans refer to it fondly as Ochi. The second-most important tourist town on the north coast, it offers the island's best shopping, plenty of regional attractions, varied nightlife and fairly good (though often crowded) beaches. It sits on the edge of the jungle in a sheltered bay with a mountainous backdrop—truly lovely.   Click here to see the full Ocho Rios travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ocho Rios Geography


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Ocho Rios sits at the foot of the Dry Harbour Mountains, midway along Jamaica's north shore, about 70 mi/115 km east of Montego Bay. The hills crowd down to the shore west of town, and the coastline is deeply indented with small coves and bays. Many are, from a practical standpoint, the private reserves of hotels and all-inclusive resorts.  Click here to see the full Ocho Rios travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ocho Rios History


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In 1494, Christopher Columbus landed about 8 mi/12 km west of today's Ocho Rios in a bay he named Santa Gloria (he was stranded at the same site nine years later, when his worm-infested ships sank). The Spanish initiated their first settlement—Sevilla la Nueva—on the site in 1509.  Click here to see the full Ocho Rios travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ocho Rios Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Though Ocho Rios, the garden parish, is surrounded by natural beauty—waterfalls, tropical gardens and jungled mountains—the town itself is little more than a hodgepodge of modern strip malls and shopping centers catering primarily to tourists.   Click here to see the full Ocho Rios travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ocho Rios Nightlife


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Ocho Rios sparkles with discos and clubs where you can hear reggae, soca and calypso music, as well as foreign hits and slow-dancing tunes. Most of the city's nightlife is along Main Street, but the all-inclusive resorts have discos and live entertainment and sell evening passes to nonguests.   Click here to see the full Ocho Rios travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ocho Rios Restaurants & Dining


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Ocho Rios restaurants offer a range of cuisines and prices. You should find something to match your mood and budget along Main Street, although many of the most satisfying restaurants lie farther afield.   Click here to see the full Ocho Rios travel guide on Travel42 »

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