First time to Ocho Rios? Here is how to enjoy the Island like a local

If you are visiting first time to Ocho Rios and want to have an authentic Jamaican experience, I will highlight things that you can do to experience and engage in the Jamaican culture in a direct way.

Jamaica has an abundance of exciting things to see and do while on vacation. If you are interested in learning about Jamaica’s unique culture, food, history and where the local hang out on the islands.

Renting a villa in Jamaica is the best choice,, you will have the opportunity to learn about the culture, food, traditional dress, customs, and more.

Bamboo beach club Jamaica

The town of Ocho Rios in Jamaica is a haven for tourists, there are so many things to do in the small town that a quick trip of less than a week will probably result in you not experiencing all that the town has to offer.

Jamaica Villas or vacation rentals in Ocho Rios.

If you want to truly experience Jamaica, you should choose to stay at one of the many local Jamaica Villas or vacation rentals in Ocho Rios.

Staying at a villa will firstly result in a homely feeling and will give you the opportunity to vacation at your own pace. You will, therefore, have the time and opportunity to choose activities that are culturally engaging instead of just partaking in packaged activities that are watered down for tourist consumption.

You will also be afforded the opportunity to interact directly with the local staff, getting insights into the local culture and information about the cool happenings in and around the town of Ocho Rios.

Fully Staffed Villa in Ocho Rios Jamaica

Whether you want to know about the best local beach to visit, the best restaurants to dine like a local or the most suitable local church to visit, you will be provided with ideas and options from the point of view of someone who lives in the area and knows about all the happenings.

The sheltered environment of an all-inclusive resort will not provide you with the opportunity to intimately interact with a local for any period, since the staff will have several guests to assist and will not be able to dedicate a lot of time to you! So, if you are visiting Ocho Rios for the first time and want to get immersed into the Jamaican culture, staying at a homely Villa is a first step to achieving this objective.

Renting a Villa for your Jamaican vacation, also provides you with the opportunity to enjoy authentic Jamaican cuisine, prepared by your own local Chef!

Ocho Ríos Jerk center

You will be able to choose your own meals, this will provide you with the perfect opportunity to have that spicy Jamaican Jerk chicken that you have always dreamed about or some ackee and saltfish that you have always wanted to try.

By the end of your vacation, you will be able to try several local dishes and will have insight and appreciation for Jamaican cuisine. If you want the recipe for some of these delectable local dishes to try when you get back home, just ask the Chef!

Also, several villas in Ocho Rios, will arrange transportation for you to explore the length and breadth of the Island at any time throughout your vacation.

So, whether you want to visit the famous Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, Dolphin Cove, Mystic Mountain, or any of the other popular or not so popular attractions, this can be arranged for you!

If you want to explore beyond Ocho Rios, no problem, your knowledgeable driver will take you anywhere on the Island that you want to go! Whether you want to experience Rick’s Café in Negril or visit the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, you will be able to do so at your own pace, no need to rush to get back onto that Tour bus. It is therefore very clear that staying at a villa gives you a better opportunity of exploring Jamaica and living like a Jamaican than does staying at a resort.

Jamaica villas Free Chauffeur and Airport transfers

You might have also heard about the vibrant culture and nightlife that exist in Jamaica and want to experience this aspect of Jamaica.

Staying at a villa will allow you to interact with regular Jamaicans while you are out and about daily. You will be able to find out where the hotspots for entertainment are and where the most exciting local events are being held!

You will probably meet a friendly taxi driver who will gleefully take you to the entertainment hotspots and have a few Red Stripe beers with you!

Jamaicans appreciate when you are interested in learning their culture and one of the things that they do well is dance, if you visit any local event and wants to learn the latest dance moves, you will find that several locals will be willing to teach you!


You will have a lot of fun learning and in the process will realize that Jamaicans are some of the friendliest and most fun-loving people in the world.

You will have a lot of fun learning and in the process will realize that Jamaicans are some of the friendliest and most fun-loving people in the world.

Another thing that Jamaicans enjoy is visiting the beach, if you want to live like a local, visiting the beach should be at the top of your agenda.

Most villas in Ocho Rios are either located on or near a beautiful beach or will provide you with access to such.

For example, if you stay at Villa Serenity in Ocho Rios, you will get a free pass to the private Bamboo Beach Club and the Bamboo Blue Beach Club for specific days of your stay!

This allows you to enjoy the pristine and relaxing beaches of Ocho Rios like the locals do.

Island Village the best Beach Ocho Rios

There are also several public beaches in and around the town of Ocho Rios that are available to you, just ask your host or a local and they will tell you all about them!

Finally, if part of the reason why you travel is to meet amazing people that might become lifelong friends, you will have the best shot at doing so by staying at a local villa.

The staff at these villas are super friendly and will interact with you in a very personal way, giving you the opportunity to develop friendships and relationships with these people.

These new friends would be like your new Jamaican family and this will provide you with an incentive to keep revisiting the Island and you will be well on your way to becoming a full-fledged Jamaican. Yea mon!