Par­adise Beck­ons

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Ja­maica, one of the Caribbean’s best-known is­lands, en­joys a rich mul­ti­cul­tural his­tory. The is­land boasts sev­eral pop­u­lar port des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing Ocho Rios.

Ocho Rios means “eight rivers” in Span­ish, but the name is mis­lead­ing. The ti­tle was ac­tu­ally a cor­rup­tion of the Span­ish las chor­reras, which means “the wa­ter­falls.”

Ocho Rios is also no­table for host­ing some fa­mous lit­er­ary res­i­dents. It was the home of Ian Flem­ing, the au­thor of the James Bond nov­els, and play­wright Sir Noël Coward. You can visit Coward’s home, Fire­fly, which is perched on a cli 17 miles east of Ocho Rios.

Ocho Rios is the place to en­joy a bam­boo raft ride down the Martha

Brae River. You’ll also want to visit the iconic Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios. The 600-footh­igh water­fall cas­cades down ter­raced lime­stone beds and even­tu­ally ends in the Caribbean Sea.

Dunn’s River Falls is one of the most-pho­tographed sights in Ja­maica. If you are ad­ven­tur­ous or ath­letic, you can climb to the top of the falls on a trail that zigzags around the tum­bling wa­ter. The trail is open ev­ery day, and guides are avail­able. Feel free to splash around in the wa­ters at the base of the falls, re­lax

Ocho Rios is the place to en­joy a bam­boo raft ride down the Martha Brae River.

in the cooler pools higher up or sim­ply lounge on the small beach nearby.

Taste of Ja­maica

Em­brace the spirit of Ja­maica with an au­then­tic jerk chicken meal. The jerk sea­son­ing is a par­tic­u­lar mix of all­spice, cloves, cin­na­mon, gar­lic and ery scotch bon­net pep­pers.

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