Things To Do

Activities

Dolphin Cove
Dolphin Cove is the Caribbean’s newest and Jamaica’s only dolphin attraction. This magnificent property has a natural cove which is surrounded by 4 acres of lush tropical rain forest. Visitors can swim with the dolphins, have a dolphin encounter, touch the dolphins or relax on glistening white sand, enjoy the setting or browse for souvenirs at our very own Gift Shop. Dolphin Cove is also home to other exotic Caribbean species such as Stingrays, Eels, Sharks, Snakes, Macaws and other unique tropical birds, fish and reptiles. (http://www.dolphincovejamaica.com/) Phone 876-371-2973 or 876-952-7575

Green Grotto Caves
Since way back 18th century, the Green Grotto Caves have been welcoming guests inside its eerie yet interesting nooks and crannies. At various times, the Green Grotto Caves have been called as The Runaway Bay Caves, Cave Hall Caves, Discovery Bay Caves, Dry Harbour Caves, Hopewell Caves, Rum Caves and Dairy Caves. The central feature of this natural attraction is the large labyrinthine limestone cave with its numerous rock formations, its stalactites, stalagmites and abundance of overhead ceiling pockets. Green Grotto is 1,525 metres long and 12 metres deep and is characterised by numerous chambers and light holes and a subterranean lake – the Grotto Lake – occupies its bowels. Next door you can throw a line for Tillapia and wait while your catch is cooked for you. (More info athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Grotto_Caves Phone : 876-973-2841

Chukka Caribbean Adventures
The most highly regarded Tour Company in Jamaica offers a host of exciting tours ranging from “River Tubing Safaris” to “Dogsled Tours” – a whimsical adventure of being pulled along the countryside by a pack of dogs. An impressive list of offerings all operated at an extremely professional level will guarantee you a good time. Some of the offerings include: Horse Back Ride n’ Swim, ATV Adventures, Canopy Tours, River Kayak Safari, Zion Bus Line, Mountain to Sea Bike. We would highly recommend the River Tubing Safari as a “must do” tour. (http://www.chukkacaribbean.com/) Phone 876-972-2506 or 877-424-8552

UWI Marine Laboratory
The Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory (DBML) is a facility of the University of the West Indies dedicated to supporting research and the teaching of biology, chemistry, ecology, geology, hydrology and geography. The facility also seeks to apply the knowledge gleaned to the management of the natural resources in Jamaica’s coastal zone. Boats and dive gear may be rented. Groups and individuals are welcome. (http://www.mona.uwi.edu/cms/dbml.htm) Phone 876- 973-2241

Nine Mile
Birthplace of Bob Marley, the world’s first reggae Superstar. A Rastafarian guide shows visitors the singer’s childhood home and the mausoleum where he is buried. Nine miles from Alexandria and Claremont (http://www.ninemilejamaica.com/about.php)

Yardie Tours
Provide tours/excursions to some of the most beautiful and fun-filled part of the Island, with emphasis on Ocho Rios (http://www.yardietours.com/)

Glistening Waters Night Tour
Also a restaurant and marina, Glistening Waters can take you on a trip to Luminous Lagoon, the famous magical lagoon where creatures are said to light up under sea in their nightly prowl. Phosphorescent waters outline the fish with streaks of light as they swim around – very much worth doing (http://www.glisteningwaters.com/) Phone 876-954-3229

Martha Brae Rafting
Experience three miles of unspoiled paradise as you enjoy Jamaica’s premier rafting attraction in the scenic hills of Trelawny! The Rafting Tour includes a three-mile ride and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Sit back and enjoy a complimentary rum punch or sing-a-long with the Village Mento Band. While enjoying the entertainment, the visitor can view the collection of exotic Jamaican pigeons and doves. While taking in the scenic beauty of the Martha Brae, try out Tarzan’s Swing, take a dip in the refreshing river water or just sit back and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. A gift shop and snack bar are located along the route. Phone 876-952-0889

Columbus Park
An outdoor Museum which includes sugar artifacts, on the western rim of the Bay

Dunn’s River Falls
Jamaica’s most famous visitor attraction is the stunning Dunn’s River Falls and Beach. Many visitors climb the waterfalls from the beach right to the top, stopping on the way to enjoy the cool plunge pools formed naturally in the river rocks and the waterfalls which are gentle in some places and positively thunderous in others. When you get to the top, you will feel refreshed and invigorated. Photographed millions of times, Dunn’s River was prominently featured in the very first James Bond film, “Dr. No.” Countless other film crews have followed the lead. You may also make your visit a shopping excursion, as there is a large craft market with a great selection of locally produced items. What are you waiting for? Open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. US$6 per adult, US$3 for children aged six to twelve. To avoid crowds, try to go on days when there are no cruise ships in Ocho Rios. (http://www.dunnsriverfallsja.com/) Phone 876- 974-2857

Cranbrook: Flower Forest & River Head Adventure Trail
The north coast of Jamaica is strewn with rivers and natural reserves but none as welcoming as the Cranbrook Flower Forest. Manicured lawns, crystal lakes, and murmuring streams are the backdrops for an impressive assortment of island flora like orchids, ferns, and a collection of native spices. The complex also includes fishing ponds and recreation areas for the entire family. Activities include Nature Trail, Bird Watching, Wading in the stream, Lawn Croquet, Pond Fishing, Donkey Rides, Volleyball. Found at North Coast Highway, Cranbrook is 5 miles east of Runaway Bay, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Phone 876-770-8071

Coyaba River Garden & Museum
Various cultures helped shape Jamaica history, and a little slice of each culture can be found in the collection at the Coyaba River Garden and Museum. Displays cover how different cultures, such as early Arawak, Spanish, and British, contributed to the current identity of Jamaica. Not forgetting the part of the island that was shaped by more “divine” hands, the museum includes a beautiful 3-acre garden, outstanding examples of Jamaican flora, and a network of babbling streams. Coyaba is located at Shaw Park Ridge Rd, Shaw Park Estate, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Phone 876-974-6235

Island Hoppers
Island Hoppers Helicopter Tours Ltd office near to Reynolds Pier, Ocho Rios do three tours of the island for 4 passengers, 60 minute tour of Jamaica via Port Royal, Bog Walk gorge, Spanish Town, Blue Mountains and north coast for $1000; 30 minute tour of north coast to Port Maria, Galina Point, Firefly and back along the coast for $520; and a 20 minute tour of Ocho Rios, Fern Gully, surrounding rain forest and beautiful coastline for $360. (Phone # 876- 874 1285)www.jamaicahelicoptertours.com

Jamaqua
Jamaqua is an experienced Dive Center just about 10 minutes drive east into Runaway Bay. It has offers a variety of services ranging from diving courses, equipment rental, photography services and special underwater photography courses. (www.jamaqua.com) Phone 876-973-4845

St. Ann Polo Club
Drax Hall, Ocho Rios, Matches on Saturday afternoon. Phone 876-872-2762

Horseback Riding
Good Hope Plantation
Good Hope Plantation is a majestic 18th century great house on a 2,000 acre coconut and sugar plantation. Built in 1755, Good Hope contains wonderfully preserved period furniture, the first 18th century hot water bath, old slave quarters and the sugar mill complete with its water wheel. Though an exclusive holiday villa, Good Hope accommodates day tours. Some activities include horseback riding through the expansive grounds playing tennis or swimming in the villa pool. Phone 876-469-3444

Braco Stables
Braco Stables offers a breathtaking tour into the heartland of Braco Estate, where the magnificently restored 18th Century Country Home proudly dominates 2000 acres of luxuriant terrain. The Beach Ride takes you alongside the Braco Beach, past an old abandoned airstrip (built during World War II) which is rumoured to have been used for smuggling marijuana/ganja, then on to a private beach where you may swim your horse. The ride from the beach back to the stables passes through farmlands of the locals living close by. Riders are able to see all kinds of tropical produce like pumpkins, sugarcane, bananas, okras, carrots, etc.
(www.bracostables.com) Phone 876-954-2565
See also Chukka Caribbean Adventures

GOLF
There are many golf courses throughout Jamaica; here are a few nearer to Discovery Bay. Rates are subject to change without notice, so please call.

Grand Lido Braco Golf Club
Located 6 miles/10 kilometres West of Discovery Bay just before Rio Bueno, the Grand Lido Braco has a Par 28, 9-hole course and measures 1357 yards. (superclubs.com) Phone 876-954-0010 or 0000.

Breezes Golf & Beach Resort
This golf course is found 8 miles East of Discovery Bay in Runaway Bay. With a Par 72 and a 6870 yards total distance, the Breezes Resort has hosted the Jamaica Open and the Heineken World Cup Western Zone Qualifier. Green Fees begin at US$58, Cart US$25, Caddy US$12. (http://www.runawaybay.com/) Phone 876-973-2561

Sandals Golf and Country Club
In June 1992, Sandals Resorts International purchased Upton GC and set about creating the most elite golf course in Jamaica. All the greens were rebuilt with Tifdwarf Bermuda grass and the fairways resurfaced with Bermuda grass creating a beautifully manicured layout. Sandals now boasts one of the finest Golf Courses in the Caribbean. Golf Digest Magazine granted a four star rating for courses to play while on vacation. Green Fees begin at US$69.30, Carts begin at US$25, Caddy at US$12. http://www.ochoriosonestop.com/upton/corgolf.htm

Wyndham Rose Hall
Wyndham Rose Hall is situated 31 miles West of Discovery Bay between Falmouth and Montego Bay. With a Par 72, totaling 6598 yards in distance, it is the home of the Jamaica Air Carriers Invitational Tournament and the Jamaica Open. Green Fees US$50-60, Cart US$33, Caddy US$12. Phone 876-953-2650/953-2655

Half Moon Golf Club
33 miles West of Discovery Bay between Falmouth and Montego Bay, Half Moon has a Par 72 and 7119 yards in total distance. Green Fees US$95, Cart US$30, Caddy US$14. Phone 876-953-3105/953-2211

Ironshore Golf & Country Club
Located 37 miles West of Discovery Bay just before Montego Bay, Ironshore has a Par 72 course totaling 6633 yards. Green Fees US$45, Cart US$25, Caddy US$13. Phone 876-953-2800

Dining

Evita’s

Evita’s earns its reputation as one of the city’s most authentic Italian restaurants by serving a full menu of savoury entrées, not just the standard pasta dishes that you will see at others. The restaurant definitely serves a range of pastas (over 30 varieties in fact), but the entrées like lasagna with ackee fish and fresh tomatoes, sautéed snapper in an orange sauce, and lobster in a white crème sauce steal the show. The extensive list of wines only compounds the high level of esteem that both locals and visitors have for Evita’s. Address: Eden Bower Rd, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (http://www.evitasjamaica.com/)Phone 876-974-2333

 

Escargot

L’Escargot, the latest incarnation of Chef Neville Anderson, proprietor of the ill-fated Aubergine, is a culinary sensation, a quaint bistro à la Provence. Perhaps it’s the white door archway through which you enter underneath the stairs? The Gauguin & Rauschenberg prints? The wooden beams, hanging copper pots, or the three-tiered white tablecloth settings? Perhaps it’s the option to dine cosily inside or al fresco below the huge almond tree? The statuesque wait staff dressed in red berets and cravats? Great food and service.   http://www.lescargotja.com/

Telephone 973-5652

 

Passage to India

An award-winning restaurant, Passage to India should not be overlooked by diners who crave spice-riddled dishes. Tandoori chicken and lamb are menu favourites that perfectly blend with the meat’s natural juices with a range of spices like garlic, ginger, and of course, curry. The restaurant’s fresh breads are outstanding. Centrally located near shopping attractions, making it a perfect place to stop for lunch. Passage to India is at 50 Main St, Soni’s Plaza, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Phone 876-795-3182

Toscanini’s

Situated at the elegant and historical Harmony Hall, Toscanini’s serves a rotating menu of Italian specialties and gourmet vegetarian dishes. Diners always receive the freshest seafood available, and pastas like Carpaccio, gnocchi, and penne compete for the number one spot on the menu while the pudding desserts, alone, are enough to bring you back for more. Fine wine and a beautiful environment make this restaurant perfect for an extended lunch or a romantic dinner. Toscanini’s can be found at Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Phone 876-975-4785

Café Aubergine

Combine French cuisine with the spices and piquant flavours of the Caribbean and you may just have a work of genius in the making. At Café Aubergine, that genius comes to life in entrées like chicken immersed in a lemon caper sauce, fresh seafood sautéed in white wine, and grilled lamb. Though he was trained in Europe, Chef Neville Anderson, the mastermind behind these creations, places as much importance on pleasing the Caribbean palate as he does preparing classic European dishes. It’s imperative to call ahead to reserve your table for lunch or dinner. Cafe Aubergine is at Kingston Hwy, 11 miles outside of Ocho Rios, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Phone 876-973-0527

Moxon’s Beach Club

A small boutique hotel with good restaurant. East of Ocho Rios at Boscobel, St. Mary. (http://www.moxons-beach-club.com/mbc/) Phone 876-975-7023

Le Papillon

Finest of three restaurants at Royal Plantation, one of Jamaica’s most exquisite Resort/Inns, Main Street, Ocho Rios (http://www.royalplantation.com/dining.cfm)

Nightlife

Jamaican Me Crazy

Jamaican Me Crazy used to occupy the number one spot for nightlife in the city, with large crowds, loud music, high tech lighting and a variety of drinks.  But   use is now reserved for guests within the hotel. One can access it with a day pass which would cover breakfast lunch and dinner but ends at 11.00 pm, and costs US$250 per person. It is located at Moon Palace, Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Phone 876-974-2201

Silks

Located at Shaw Park Beach Hotel, Silks now only opens when occupancy in the hotel is high, and you would need to phone first.  It offers loud music and plenty of dance space.  An evening pass which includes dinner costs US$75 per person and is good until 1.00 am.  Address: Shaw Park Ridge Rd, Shaw Park Hotel, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Phone 876-974-2552

The Little Pub

Alfresco Sports Bar and small hotel. Offers football and boxing via Satellite, and a different kind of entertainment every night. Diners can feast on jerk pork or chicken, sautéed snapper, grilled kingfish, or fresh lobster. The restaurant also offers pub-fare favorites and full Jamaican and American style breakfast and juice bar.. 59 Main Street, Ocho Rios. Phone 876-795-1831.

Bibibips Bar and Grill

This is a cliff top bar overlooking Mahogany Beach with live Reggae and rap at weekends. Seafood and tavern fare. 93 Main Street, Ocho Rios. Telephone 876-974-7438

Glenn’s Restaurant

Slot machines, live jazz and good food. Highway A3 at Tower Isle, Ocho Rios. Phone 876-975-4360.

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville

Opened by Jimmy Buffet himself in 2002, Ocho Rios Margaritaville is a happening bar & grill, providing all-day fun and nighttime entertainment. Includes beach, rooftop whirlpool tub, two story 100 foot long water slide into the freshwater pool below and 3 bars, including a swim-up pool bar, and gift shop. (http://www.margaritavillecaribbean.com/locations_ocho_rios.html) Island Village, Main Street, Ocho Rios. Phone 876-975-4643

Amnesia Disco

There is something for everyone looking for a great night out, from Thursdays through Sunday nights. From ‘Oldies’ and Ladies Nights to Dance Hall and Party Nights 70 Main Street, Ocho Rios (http://www.theamnesia.com/aboutus.htm) Phone: 876-974-2633

Shopping

The Ocho Rios Craft Park
The Ocho Rios Craft Park is truly the best local market for handicrafts and locally manufactured products in the city. Over 150 vendors set up shop here Monday through Saturday to offer shoppers an opportunity to take home woodcarvings, jewelery, hand-woven baskets, paintings, and a wide variety of other goods. The park is found at Main St, Ocean Village Shopping Center, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Harmony Hall
Harmony Hall celebrates Jamaican culture in the historical setting of a once massive 19th century sugar plantation. Today, visitors can stroll through craft markets or buy original Jamaican prints created by some of today’s best-known artists. Wind your way through signed prints, one-of-a-kind paintings, and handcrafted wooden treasures to explore how present and past Jamaican artisans depicted a unique way of life. Call ahead to find out about special exhibitions, and also make sure to bring your wallet because most of the pieces found there are for sale. The Gallery opens daily from 10am-6pm. Harmony Hall is located at Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (http://www.harmonyhall.com/)Phone 876-975-4222

Soni’s Plaza
Soni’s Plaza is your best bet if you want to find an Ocho Rios souvenir, especially if you’re not sure just yet what you want. The plaza includes various jewelery stores, like Chulani’s and Casa dé Oro, as well as stores carrying handicrafts and perfumes. Soni’s can be found at 50 Main St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Phone 876-975-0119

General Information on Discovery Bay
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Bay,_Jamaica