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24 Hours in Ocho Rios

By Kinisha Correia

A day in Ocho Rios is one spent enjoying nature and authentic, down-to-earth Jamaican culture. Surely, you won’t experience another day like this anywhere else in the world. Here’s your 24-hour guide to Ocho Rios.

10:00 A.M. Farm-to-Table Brunch
Start your day with a late breakfast in the hills of St. Ann, Stush in the Bush at Zionites Farm, just outside of Ocho Rios. The couple who owns the farm grow organic herbs, fruits and vegetables, and offer intimate, tasty farm-to-table experiences by reservation only. Whilst you’re there, walk the farm and take in its breathtaking views. Specialising in vegetarian offerings, Stush in the Bush also has organic sauces, dressings and vegan butters on sale.

 

1:00 P.M. Adventures With Animals

For an afternoon of outdoor fun, got to Dolphin Cover Ocho Rios for a Day of interaction and excitement. This attraction appeals to all ages, as you can watch the playful dolphins and eerie shark shows, meet and touch these new friends or go swimming with them in the deep. You can also hike through a lush tropical jungle; get to know exotic birds, snakes and iguanas; and relax on pristine white beaches.

 

5:00 P.M. Retail Therapy
Visitors can shop, eat and play at Island Village Located minutes away from cruise ship pier in the heart of Ocho Rios, Island Village offers both retail therapy and entertainment. The colourful ambience depicts an authentic island feel. Shopping at Island Village ranges from duty-free to made-in-Jamaica finds. Whilst you’re shopping, you may get a quick bite to eat, jam to some reggae, have a drink and even take a dip in the sea.

 

6:30 P.M. Dinner Like a Local
Miss T’s Kitchen is a vibrantly coloured restaurant that offers homestyle, traditional Jamaican cooking and is frequented by locals and foreigners alike. Miss T’s has been featured in local and overseas media and had received numerous awards. Daily offerings include regular Jamaican meals and vegan options.