Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
We arrived late in the night at Montego Airport and we already booked a hotel for our first night in Jamaica. Our plan was to skip Montego Bay and travel to Ocho Rios the next morning. After research on the Internet and reading reviews we decided Montego was to crowded and touristy for us.
From Montego Bay to Ochi
The next morning, we were very tired of the long trip from Amsterdam and with our backpacks on our backs we knew we wanted to take a route taxi and not a normal taxi, because these were very expensive. We ask a few drivers what it cost to drive us to Ocho Rios and the cheapest price was 12.000 JMD (approximate €85,-). We were shocked about the price, but we didn’t care. We just wanted to Ochi. The taxi driver took us to Ochi in 1,5 hour to our B&B which we already booked for 2 nights. This was the first and the last time we took a route taxi for a long ride. A few travelers from the US informed us about the Knutsford bus and from Ochi we traveled the island with this bus.
Dunn’s River Falls
- Go very early, be there at 08:30! After 09:00 the parc is flowing with tourists, especially when a cruise ship arrived in Ocho Rios. The photos and video were taken when almost no tourists were around.
- If you want to climb, don’t do it with a guide. Than you are obligated to do it in large groups and hold each other’s hand like little kids.
James Bond Beach
After the falls we took a route taxi to James Bond Beach located in Oracabessa. James Bond Beach is about 10 miles (16 km), from the falls and is approximately a 30-minute drive. We had to make a choice where to go after visiting the falls. The Irie Blue Hole, the Bob Marley’s Mausoleum in St. Ann’s Bay or do we want to visit the James Bond Beach. The Bob Marley Mausoleum is further away and we weren’t in a mood for a long ride. We decided to go to the James Bond Beach because we planned visiting another lagoon already in Port Antonio (Blue Lagoon). The drive to the James Bond Beach along the coast is beautiful.
The James Bond Beach has changing rooms, a bar and a restaurant. There used to be concerts by international artists such as Rihanna, Ziggy Marley and Lauryn Hill. Ian Fleming used to live and write his novels here, his house Goldeneye is now a very exclusive hotel. We thought, that must be worth to explore. But actually, it was a disappointment and not what we expected. You cannot even see Ian Flemings villa from James Bond Beach and the hotel cannot be visited if you don’t have a reservation. We wouldn’t recommend visiting this beach. Very loud music, not possible to walk here to the Goldeneye resort, hardly any beach and it looked not very well maintained. It looked very deserted and we saw no other visitors. Maybe in the weekends there is more to do.
We decided to drink a couple of Red Stripes at the Moonraker bar and enjoyed each other’s company. I know, we are not very positive, but it’s our experience. The entrance fee is J$700 (approximate €5,-). Beware of taxi drivers offering rides, they may overcharge you.
Our experience in Ocho Rios
- Dunn’s River Falls. Go early! Be there at 08:30 and climb the falls by yourself. Entrance fee USD25. Maybe we shouldn’t even advise to go to these falls.
- Irie Blue Hole. We heard from other travelers this place is amazing. Go there! A guide will lead you the way, give him a tip. If we can do our visit over in Ochi we certainly would choose to go to the Irie Hole.
- Bob Marley Mausoleum. Entrance fee JD2000 (approximate €14,-)