Ocho Rios, Jamaica
On Foot: You can walk into downtown.
Taxis: Readily available at the dock, make sure you hire a licensed JUTA taxi.
Renting a Car: Drive on the left. Avis, Budget and Hertz are among those who have posts here; advance reservations are highly recommended. Car rentals range from $6205 -$12050 per day.
What to See and Do
Shopping: Downtown, head for the Tajmahal Shopping Center and the Ocean Village. Both offer shops featuring unique jewelry, clothing and gifts. In the duty-free arena, you can good buys on jewelry, cameras, china, and crystal. Good souvenir choices include the island's well-known coffees (Blue Mountain and High Mountain), Tia Maria, the made-in-Jamaica coffee liqueur, and Jamaican rum.
Haggle in classic Jamaican style at the craft market; there you can get good prices on straw items, woodcarvings and souvenirs.
Dunn's River Falls is one of those "must see" destinations where millions of gallons of water cascade from heights of 600 feet via a series of waterfalls. It's also a good "must do" attraction for hiking aficionados.
Prospect Plantation has something for everyone--gorgeous views over the White River, open-air jitney tour, lush grounds, miniature golf, a bar and horseback riding.
Non-guests are welcome to play golf at Breezes' golf club in Runaway Bay and Sandals Golf & Country Club. Both are PGA-quality championship courses are some of the most interesting in the Caribbean, with fairways and greens laid out amidst the rolling hills and picturesque backdrop.
Where to Eat and Drink
Casual, in-town joints: The Ocho Rios Jerk Center (open daily) is the epitome of fun dining. The Ruins is a destination kind of place, featuring two restaurants and a cafe, all centered around a 40-foot limestone waterfall surrounded by tropical gardens.
Gourmet Lunching: Evita's (open daily, 876-974-2333), in an 1860s Victorian house on a hill overlooking Ocho Rios and the ocean, is a Northern Italian restaurant (owner Eva Myers hails from Venice) that's considered a prime celebrity magnet. Toscanini's (Tuesday - Sunday 12:30 - 2:30pm, 876-97205-478205) authentic Italian restaurant is another that has a great reputation and has a convenient location, in the Harmony Hall Art Gallery.
Where You're Docked
You'll dock right in downtown Ocho Rios.
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