Visit Beautiful Jamaica and Ocho Rios
The Best Places to Stay in Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios isn’t just a tropical paradise with a huge array of activities and natural beauty; it’s also the home of some great accommodation choices! There are a number of fantastic options for tourists looking for a place to stay. Where you end up spending your nights depends on your budget as well as what you’re looking for. There are all-inclusive resorts for couples, family resorts, high-end hotels, moderate hotels, villas, lodges, and more. Although the all-inclusive resorts are the most expensive, the “all-inclusive” factor means guests pay one price for accommodations, meals, and entertainment. Some popular Ocho Rios all-inclusive resorts include Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club and Beaches Grand Sport at Ciboney. The beautiful beach front, retro-looking Jamaica Inn is one of Ocho Rios’ most expensive hotels, complete with attractive patios, spacious bedrooms, deluxe bathrooms, room service, a pool, two bars, a tennis court, and more. If you are taking a family vacation you should keep in mind that children under 13 are not welcome at this particular hotel. Built around a sensational 1,500-foot golden beach in a private cover is the Shaw Park Beach Hotel, with a 1950s look yet modern bedrooms and bathrooms. This hotel features a family-friendly environment, ocean front units, as well as live entertainment and a wide array of water sports. Noel Coward’s Blue Harbour is a popular accommodation for Ocho Rios visitors. A nostalgic retreat compound once owned by Noel Coward comfortably houses about 10 to 12 guests at a time. The entire center can be rented in whole or in part, and includes the Villa Grande main house, the Villa Rose guesthouse, and the small Villa Chica cottage, and many amenities. Moderately priced hotels in Ocho Rios include the family-favorite Comfort Suites Crane Ridge, which overlooks Ocho Rios, the intimate Hibiscus Lodge Hotel and the High Hope Estate. For accommodation that’s a bit easier on your budget, try Little Pub Inn, Parkway Inn, Pineapple Hotel, or Tamarind Tree Hotel. By doing some online research, you can not only find out what accommodation is available that fits within your budget, but also what other tourists who have stayed there thought of it! Use this information to book the best vacation in Ocho Rios that falls within your budget.
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Nightlife in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Nightlife in Ocho Rios, JamaicaYour day in Ocho Rios doesn’t have to end after a day of sightseeing followed by a satisfying, relaxing, authentic Jamaican meal in one of Ocho Rios’ many fine restaurants. In fact, whether if you love to party, or just hang out with other tourists and locals alike until the wee hours of the morning, your day could just be starting with the many exciting nightlife options you’ll find in Ocho Rios. If you prefer to avoid the nightclub atmosphere, why not try a great alternative with an evening sunset cruise, right before, during, or after dinner (depending on when you eat). The views of Ocho Rios you’ll enjoy are simply spectacular, not to mention the dazzling effects of the sunset. This could be the setting of a perfect romantic evening if you are celebrating an anniversary or other event. There are several different sailboat companies offering sunset cruises so you shouldn’t find it difficult to locate one near your hotel. Alternatively (or even afterwards!) you may want to head over to Little Pub Restaurant’s Sports Bar, one of the most popular hang-out spots of Ocho Rios, which is open quite late. Many tourists also like to check out Jamaic’N Me Crazy, found at the Renaissance Jamaica Grande, a night club that unfortunately (for some) has more tourists than locals, and seems more American than Jamaican; however, it does definitely have one of the best sound and lighting systems in Jamaica. You should note however that this is only open to guests of the Renaissance Jamaica Grande (unless you or your hotel know of another way to gain entry!). If you’re looking for something a little different, try Club Amnesia, which is significantly closer to an authentic Jamaican night club experience. The music and atmosphere are quite unique, and you can dance or enjoy the shows until 4 in the morning if you’ve got the stamina. The bonus is you only have to pay a cover fee for live band nights, and it usually costs no more than $5 USD. Another favorite is Margaritaville, a large, high-energy bar, grill, and restaurant that keeps its energy going well into the night, complete with live entertainment, theme nights, and reggae disco-style dancing. Having partied the night away, grab a few hours sleep in your hotel room before staggering down to the beach to catch a few rays and a couple of more hours sleep before you make plans for the rest of the day – and isn’t that the stuff good vacations are made of?
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Snorkeling Your Way to the Treasures of Jamaica
Snorkeling is one of the most memorable activities you can do on your vacation to Jamaica. Even if you are inexperienced, or not even too keen on spending too much time in the water, you should be able to find some way of experiencing the beauty of sea life that lies not far from the beach games of Jamaica’s tourist beaches.All sides of the island offer snorkeling adventures but the best place is on the Northern side, if you take your vacation sometime between April and October, the water will be at its best temperature and will be perfect for your snorkeling activity. There are many different kinds of tours that you can take part in, either as a beginning snorkeling along the shoreline, or as an experienced snorkeling exploring the sea life treasures in underwater caves and reefs.If you are tempted into snorkeling by the pictures you see of the underwater life, but aren’t really too sure if you’d be able to actually submerge yourself in the water and enjoy it – why not take a visit down to Montego Bay where the MoBay Undersea Tours operate. Here you’ll be able to reserve a place in their boat which has the perfect solution to your underwater problem – a panoramic underwater cabin where you can see all the sea life swimming around you, without getting as much as your feet wet!If you do want to experience the real thing – snorkel, wetsuit and all – there are plenty of tours and classes that will help you get started, or more experienced, before you hit the water. Most areas also have rental outlets where you can borrow the equipment that you need to snorkel your way around Jamaica’s beautiful waters. Some places will even throw in a beginner’s class for those who rent their equipment.There are many memorable activities you can do on your trip to Jamaica, but to experience the colorful underwater sea life has to be one that shouldn’t be missed!
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At the Sunset Beach, Montego Bay you’ll find a resort/spa which has something to for everybody. Playful and exciting, you'll splash your way through the magnificent, new Pirate's Paradise water park - with twists, turns, rides and slides for all ages. Alternatively, simmer in the beachfront giant hot tub, or stroll through the tropical gardens. Spend a day pampering your self with a treatment at the spa or release some of that pent up study energy on one of the many water sport activities available at the resort.
There are excellent water and extreme sports to be enjoyed in Jamaica which are great for a spring break vacation. One option is the Free Scuba Diving at Falmouth. Starting in 30 to 40 feet of water, the wall off Falmouth runs within a half-mile of shore. Chubb Castle, a Falmouth favorite, starts shallow, its top decorated with soft corals and basket sponges and its wall strung with rope sponges and black corals. A chimney, dropping from 35 to 90 feet, leads to even more tunnels and caves. Apart from the exhilaration of the dive, the sights will be something to remember long after graduation.
If it’s an activity in the water, whether surfing, windsurfing, paragliding or jet skiing, you’ll find there’s an opportunity to take part in it in Jamaica. Many of the hotels have their own activity staff trained to teach guests to use the equipment, and have equipment for hire so that guests can enjoy the sports during their vacation. The daytime activities at the beach, followed by the exuberant nightlife make Jamaica a great alternative to Spring Break in Florida!
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