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Ocho Rios Cruise Port is the second most trafficked of Jamaica’s three major cruising hubs. The destination realizes roughly half a million cruise passengers annually supported by its two cruise terminals. The name “Ocho Rios” translates to “eight rivers.” But, it’s not so much the rivers that make this cruise destination so unique, but its caves and waterfalls. Compared to other Caribbean port destinations, Ocho Rios is known to have slightly elevated crime issues. So, please keep a heads up. You’re bound to come across locals trying to sell stuff or asking for money. Some are very young. Just keep your valuables in a safe place and use extra caution when exploring Jamaica.
Instinctively, one might assume that “the beach” is the best option in Ocho Rios. While the Jamaican coast offers great options for a day in the sun, consider the island’s interior playground. Venturing into Jamaica’s countryside, you’ll find mountains, lush rainforests, caves and even waterfalls! This cruise port’s natural landscape makes it a truly unique experience. Here are some of the best options to do while in Ocho Rios.
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Two terminals provide major cruise lines access to Ocho Rios Cruise Port. While you’re most likely docking in Turtle Bay Pier, it’s also possible your ship will port at James Bond Pier (aka Reynold’s Pier). Both are within walking distance to the downtown Ocho Rios area.
Turtle Bay Cruise Terminal is the main dock in Ocho Rios, so it’s more than likely you’ll be porting here during your stay. The dock can hold two normal-sized cruise ships or one mega vessel. When exiting your ship, you’ll find a closed-off terminal area with some shopping options and other conveniences. There’s a small coffee shop (Blue Mountain) with free wifi if needed. Once leaving the dock’s gates, you’ll find a taxi stand with rates posted to all major attractions. The closest beach within walking distance is Bay Beach. You’ll find a safe path to this beach which should only take five minutes to arrive at Bay Beach. Expect to pay $3 for adults and $1 for children.
This less-frequented cruise terminal is shared with cargo ships delivering to Ocho Rios. If docked here, a walk to the downtown area will take roughly 15 minutes. Just follow Main Street all the way.
Once disembarking, you’re a quick walk to downtown Ocho Rios where you’ll find some sightseeing options as well as shopping possibilities. For more elaborate excursions, you’ll want to plan in advance. Your guide will meet you just outside the terminal. If looking for some fun in the sun, there are a few beach options near Ocho Rios you can consider.
The interior of Jamaica is spectacular with its caves, mountains and waterfalls. But, the surrounding shores are also inviting. Here are your options for best beaches near Ocho Rios Cruise Port.
Your ship will anchor in one of two cruise ports located on Ocho Rios’ northern coast: Turtle Bay Pier (most likely) or James Bond Pier. Both offer walkable shopping options to take advantage of Jamaica’s “duty free” status. Here are a couple options for those looking to come home with new stuff. Note: Jamaicans are used to, and expect, haggling. Assume the listed price is not the final price and have fun seeing how low you can go.