Some “Ochi” Facts
“Ochi” Historical Journey
Situated on the north-eastern coastline of the island Jamaica, the metamorphosis of Ocho Rios has been quite remarkable from that of a small, somewhat sleepy fishing village to a main tourist attraction over the last 25 years. Going back a bit further in time, it was not too long ago, in the 1940’s that the banana and sugar trade made way for bauxite and alumina mining by the Reynolds Jamaica Mining Company. It created quite a boom for the area until the 1980’s.
A deepwater pier was built in Ocho Rios, Jamaica to handle the loading of the bauxite and alumina which was transported about 6 miles from the mines by means of a conveyor belt straight into the waiting cargo ships. This really put Ochos Rios a little town in Jamaica on the map. However, today there is very little mining activity as a result of the political situation in the 1980’s which caused the mining company to shut shop.
It was then that tourism took the lead in Ocho Rios. This Jamaican port town offers much, in particular to the nature lovers and the duty free shoppers. It is the main port of call for the cruise ships and the attraction hub of theJamaica!
“Ochi” special places
Ochos Rios has “tons” of activities and adventures. It would take a traveller many vacations to exhaust the all. There are some speacial places that you must go to when you visit Ochos Rios:
Dunns River Falls
Dunns River Falls is a world famous waterfall and a major Caribbean tourist attraction that receives thousands of visitors each year.
Cold mountain water cascades 1,000 feet (300 meters) down naturally terraced steps. Visitors can climb the falls alone or in a guided “human chain,” but there’s also plenty of swimming, sunbathing and sightseeing to do as well. Those interested in geology will be fascinated with the way the falls renew themselves via regular deposits of calcium carbonate and sodium, and movie buffs will recognize them from films such as Dr. No and Cocktail.
Blue Hole “Secret Fall”
The Blue Hole is an area with secluded and relatively untouched falls located in the hills of Ochos Rios. Its best feature is probably that it is not commercialized in any way. Everyone who visits The Blue Hole raves about its beauty and serenity. Hidden up in the mountains above the hustle and bustle of downtown Ocho Rios, Blue Hole really is a breath of fresh air. The magnificent underground caverns affords patrons to cliff dive, tarzan jump and wade in it’s therapeutic waters which plunges in depth beyond 20ft.
Ocho Rios was not a fishing village by coincidence. Despite it now been a major tourisim town, you can still fish like in the “old days”. In the deep blue waters you will have a big catch of fishes including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Dolphin, Kingfish, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Barracuda, Red Snapper, Grouper, Bonita, Shark, Green Jack, Yellow Jack, Jackfish, Tarpon, Tuna or the Yellow Tail Fish to bring you the thrill of a lifetime.