Hey there, fellow adventurers! It’s Amanda here, your go-to guide for all things exciting and beautiful in Jamaica. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you my personal top 5 picks for the best things to do in Ocho Rios. This charming town, nestled on Jamaica’s north coast, is a treasure trove of natural beauty, thrilling activities, and cultural experiences. So, let’s dive right in!

1. Calypso Rafting and Tubing

My journey began with the serene and picturesque Calypso Rafting and Tubing. This experience is a must for anyone seeking a blend of relaxation and adventure. As I floated down the White River, the lush greenery and the gentle flow of the water were a soothing escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The unique aspect of this rafting experience is the flexibility it offers. You can stop for a swim, grab a drink, or just soak in the beauty of the surroundings. The rafts here are simple, focusing on the natural experience rather than flashy decorations, which I absolutely love.

2. Mahogany Beach

Next on my list was Mahogany Beach, a hidden gem in Ocho Rios. The entrance might be a bit tricky to find, but trust me, it’s worth the effort. With an entry fee of $10 USD (or 500 Jamaican dollars), which includes access to beach chairs and cabanas, it’s a steal. The beach itself is breathtaking, with crystal-clear waters and soft sand. It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some delicious local food from the bar and grill. And for the thrill-seekers, there’s jet skiing and Mable tubing – an adrenaline rush like no other!

3. Dunn’s River Falls

No trip to Ocho Rios is complete without visiting the famous Dunn’s River Falls. This natural waterfall is not only stunning but also offers an exhilarating climb. The journey up the falls is a mix of awe and challenge, and reaching the top is an accomplishment in itself. The falls also feature an estuary where the river meets the sea, adding to its unique charm. For those who prefer a bit more adventure, there’s also zip lining available, offering a bird’s eye view of this magnificent site.

4. Blue Hole

The Blue Hole was an absolute highlight of my trip. It’s more adventurous and adrenaline-pumping compared to Dunn’s River. Here, you can jump off cliffs, swing off ropes, and truly immerse yourself in the raw beauty of Jamaica. The Blue Hole consists of several sections, each offering a different experience – from serene spots perfect for photos to more adventurous areas where you can dive into the refreshing waters. Safety is key here, so wearing a life jacket is a must, regardless of your swimming skills.

5. Local Insights and Tips

Throughout my journey in Ocho Rios, I gathered some invaluable tips and insights that I’d love to share with you. First, always support local businesses and vendors. Whether it’s buying a handmade crochet swimsuit or savoring local cuisine, your support makes a big difference in the community. Also, when exploring natural attractions like waterfalls and rivers, safety should always be your priority. Wear appropriate gear, like water shoes, and follow the guidelines provided.


Ocho Rios is a destination that truly has it all – from serene natural beauty to exhilarating adventures. Each of these top 5 picks offers a unique way to experience the heart and soul of Jamaica. Whether you’re a solo traveler, with friends, or with family, there’s something here for everyone.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of my adventure, where I’ll explore more hidden gems in Jamaica, including the Bob Marley Museum, Mystic Mountain, and some local spots perfect for family trips. Remember, life is an adventure, so keep exploring and creating unforgettable memories!

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