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Montego Bay
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Ocho Rios & Runaway Bay

DUNNS RIVER FALLS, OCHO RIOS, SHOPPING & FERN GULLY

Tour Description

Departing from your cruise pier in Montego Bay, your knowledgeable and courteous guide will get you on board the comfortable transportation for a delightful pleasant drive to Ocho Rios. In Ocho Rios, you will see the highlights of this charming town and you will have time for shopping bargains in the towns many duty-free stores and craft markets. We continue the journey and visit the breath-taking and beautiful Fern Gully. At one time Fern Gully was a stream that had cut a deep valley in the mountain and over time has been populated with dense rain forest vegetation, including more than 500 species of ferns. Then the transportation will continue just up the road to Jamaica’s Number # 1 Dunn's River Falls. These 600ft high waterfalls are one of Jamaica's national treasures. And you will love to climb them!
Your trained river falls guide will give you tips on how to climb the rock stairs and then lead the group in a human chain against stream up to the top. Along the way, you may stop at one of the calm pools and sit under the cascading water to get your free water massage. If you would rather not climb the falls, you may wait at the bottom and watch the people on their way to the top and explore the breath-taking gardens alongside the Waterfalls. Your transportation will take you back to the pier.

Dunns River Falls

Dunn's River Falls is one of Jamaica's national treasures. Globally, it is as well-known as Reggae and equally stimulating. There are few places where the Arawak name "Xayamaca" - land of rivers and springs - is more apt. The Spaniards called the area "Las Chorreras" - the waterfalls or springs - and it is truly one of the most beautiful spots on the island. A stone's throw from Ocho Rios, one of Jamaica's fastest growing resort centres, Dunn's River Falls is unique. Described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. The small dome-shaped cataracts are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves. This, combined with its location near to the sea, gives Dunn's River the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.

Fern Gully

One of the most romantic drives in Jamaica takes you just outside Ocho Rios and onto the A3 highway, through "Fern Gully": a stunning three-mile gorge surrounded by sky-scraping, 30-foot fern trees. You’ll feel as if you’re on a completely different island as you pass through this natural, green tunnel, once a riverbed. Pull off to the side where possible to stop and take in the views, and even a walk. Because this is a road often taken by visitors and is one of Jamaica's natural wonders, there are vendors lining up the road, but not so many that it spoils the view. Keep an eye on the road at all times—there might be a man on leaf-adorned stilts appearing before you. Never a dull moment in Jamaica.

Ocho Rios

The name "Ocho Rios" has two possible origins: it is either a direct translation from Spanish meaning "eight rivers" or an adulteration of "las chorreras" (the spouts), reflecting the large number of waterfalls in the area. Ocho Rios is located in St. Ann's parish about 60 miles from Annotto to Discovery Bay on a half-moon shaped cove in the middle of Jamaica's northern coastline. It was formerly a fishing port and was also known for its banana exports. Now it is a pretty resort town with stunning waterfalls and beaches and interesting colonial-period buildings like the Geddes Memorial Church and the Anglican Church. The town's business and commercial center is Pineapple Place.

When not indulging in the many activities available--horseback riding, polo, golf, tennis, shopping, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, swimming or sunbathing--there are a number of interesting sights worth seeing in the environs of Ocho Rios:

Ocho Rios Shopping

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