A Jamaican vacation can mean a variety of things to different people. For some, it may be laying on the beach every day in the Caribbean sun and enjoying the luxuries of a private Jamaican villa. For others it might mean exploring the historical spots and taking a lot of pictures. There is something for everyone in your group to enjoy. Your Ocho Rios vacation can include a variety of activities that are perfect for everyone. Here are a few of our suggestions:
- For the gardener: Eighteen miles away from the heart of Ocho Rios is the Cranbrook Flower Forest. This beautiful 130 acre nursery is home to hibiscus, ferns, gingers, palms, crotons, birds of paradise, and many other unique tropical plants. 200 years ago, the Flower Forest was a sugar mill. Now, the old buildings house a museum and a gift shop. The grounds contain many landscaped gardens, the Little River nature trail, a children’s playground, and a variety of animals.
- For the spring breaker: Likely someone in your party is upset that you weren’t in Los Vegas or Malibu. They may be complaining about the lack of “regular” food and craving a hamburger. For that someone who wants to buck culture and experience some mainstream pop culture. Ocho Rios is home to its very own Hard Rock Café. A handwritten page of Bob Marley’s song Jamming can be found on the walls alongside one of the embellished bras worn by Madonna on tour.
- For the movie buff: As the name might suggest, the James Bond Beach was the location of filming the 1962 classic British spy move “Dr. No.” Located ten miles away from Ocho Rios, the beach accommodates even the fussiest beach goer. There are easy-access changing rooms, a restaurant, and a water sports theater. For diehard fans, you can get a martini (shaken, not stirred) at the beach bar.
- For the rum aficionado: Hundreds of years ago, in 1749, Appleton Distillery was founded on the Island of Jamaica as the second rum provider in the world. The distinct flavor of liquor created from fermented sugarcane has improved in taste and gained popularity since then. Appleton now offer tours through the facility by a knowledgeable guide.
- For the history lover: Three miles east in Cape Ann you can spot the Prospect Plantation. In the 1930’s it was a working plantation that produced an interesting mix of pimentos, allspice, and limes. Not only is the plantation a fascinating place to walk through, there is also a tree planted by Winston Churchill found here, camel rides available, and gorgeous hikes, and a bicycle tour.
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