Spanish for "Eight Rivers" Ocho Rios is a scenic and peaceful port located on the northern end of Jamaica, providing stunning views of the island's sandy white beaches and lush mountain forests along with tight-knit local communities.
If you're ready to enjoy some of the Caribbean's finest food, an incredible reggae music scene, beautiful seaside landscapes and the laid-back comfort of island life, then don't hesitate to visit Ocho Rios on a Panama Canal cruise from Princess Cruises.
Dunn's River Falls
One of Jamaica's most beloved natural treasures, Dunn's River Falls is a stunning 600-foot waterfall located just outside of Ocho Rios. Even more amazing is that the Dunn's River is one of the only rivers that empties directly into the Caribbean Sea, making the waterfall an immensely popular destination for beach-goers visiting Jamaica.
You may also recognize the area around Dunn's River Falls from the classic James Bond movie, Dr. No. The filmmakers were instantly drawn to the natural beauty of the region when searching for a Caribbean shooting destination. The waters around the falls were used in the movie's infamous scene of Bond girl Ursula Andress walking out of the sea.
If you're interested in getting away from the shore to explore inland Jamaica, be sure to stop at Mystic Mountain. This 700-foot peak, located in the tropical forests surrounding Ocho Rios, is a tourist hotspot and features a range of family-friendly attractions and adventures.
Perhaps one of the most popular activities on Mystic Mountain is Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica, a 1,000 meter downhill ride on high-tech bobsleds that recall the historic Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. Explorers can also tear through the forest trees by zip-line, providing a bird's-eye view of the rainforest canopy while gliding between various treetop platforms. And if you're looking for an effortless way to tour the area, simply hop aboard the Sky Explorer chairlift ride.
Animal lovers who want a close-up hangout with some of Jamaica's friendliest sea creatures should experience Ocho Rios' Dolphin Encounter. Located at the shores of Dolphin Cove, this incredible opportunity will have you face-to-face with a bevy of cheerful bottlenose dolphins. You'll receive tips on dolphin-handling from an aquatic animal expert while also learning about training secrets and other fun facts about these ocean mammals. And if you're looking for a break from the bottlenoses for a second, you can feel free to check out Dolphin Cove's other exciting aquatic attractions and activities.
Ocho Rios is a bubbly Caribbean destination with a variety of natural wonders, ocean-themed activities and Jamaican cultural staples for you and your whole family to enjoy! Learn about attractions like Dunn's River Fall, Dolphin Encounter, Mystic Mountain and other tropical destinations you'll encounter on a Panama Canal cruise from Princess Cruises.