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It’s no secret that I love the Caribbean. The beautiful water, the warm weather, what’s not to love?? Jamaica is a beautiful island with so much to offer. One of my favorite cities in Jamaica is Ocho Rios.
Ocho Rios would seem to be Spanish for “eight rivers”, but it is most likely a corruption of the Spanish word chorreras, which means “waterfalls”. Jamaicans refer to it fondly as Ochi. And with such a beautiful name comes beautiful scenery with ahh-mazing nature adventures for everyone.
The first is the Famous Dunn’s River Falls. It’s about a 15 minute drive west of Ochi, and it’s probably the most iconic and most popular attractions of Jamaica. With your guide, you get to make a “human chain” and climb up the cascading waterfalls and go in and out of some small caves. However, to be safe you must pack water shoes (swim socks), or tennis shoes with a gripping bottom to be safe on the rocks. If you don’t prefer to walk up the falls there is a viewing platform to see the falls. Where the river empties into the Caribbean there’s a nice beach for sunning and swimming. And at the top of the falls there is a craft village and t-shirt shops for you to shop at.
Next is Green Grotto Caves. These caves are said to have provided shelter for Jamaica’s first inhabitants, the Tainos, a haven for “runaway slaves” in the “18th Century”. In 1655 Jamaica was taken over the by English and the caves were sought after as a hideout by the Spanish during that time. Now they are an incredible 37 meter or 121 plus feet underground expedition of majestic stalactites and stalagmites, and just wait till you see the grotto with water as translucent as nothing you have ever seen before! Don’t forget to stop at their “Wishing Well”, and throw in a coin in for love…..
Last but not least….. Island Gully Falls. It is also known as The Blue Hole. It is truly a hidden treasure. You can walk on trails and see nature’s untouched beauty. Then climb waterfalls and search in hidden caves. It’s totally ahh-mazing feeling the natural rushing waters on your back giving you a natural back massage! The best part is feeling like a child again when you are playing “Tarzan” and swinging on a rope and jumping into a pool of serine blue water.
Ochi has a lot of nature to offer, and there are tours that are for everyone.
And until next time…..
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.