More about Ocho Rios
Why go to Ocho Rios?
Beaches are near the pier but Ocho Rios' best sites are its rainforests and waterfalls.
Must-see attractions are a bit far out and best reached via organized shore excursions.
The town isn't much but surrounding nature and adventure attractions are worth a visit.
Ocho Rios Cruise Port Facilities?
The port has two piers for cruise ships. The Turtle Bay Pier is located next to the town's restaurants and shops and the James Bond Pier, which is industrial in nature but serves cruise ships, is located farther west.
The piers are right beside the downtown area where shops, restaurants and bars can be found just minutes away on foot.
Good to Know?
As with many other ports, and when traveling to foreign places in general, it's always best to proceed with caution. While in port, be aware of your surroundings, leave valuables and nonessentials on the ship, and take measures to keep yourself and your personal belongings safe. While you're shopping, merchants might come off as pushy but responding with a respectful "no thanks" should do the trick.
On Foot: You can walk into downtown. If you are docked at the James Bond Pier, take Main Street to the west to get to town -- it takes about 10 minutes.
By Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the dock; just make sure you hire a licensed JUTA taxi. Negotiate a price before you go and the time to be picked up; round trip fares are $50 to Dunn's River Falls from outside the port area.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar but U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Most shops, restaurants and attractions accept credit cards. ATMs are located at the cruise terminal and in town at Island Village, Soni's Plaza and Gem Palace. Be prepared to pay a higher service fee than you normally would from home, and make sure the machine is marked dual currency if it's U.S. dollars you want.
Standard English is spoken in Jamaica but the locals speak an English-based patois with a thick accent.