Grab Your Friends and GO!
Located on the northern coast of Jamaica you’ll find the stunning town of Ocho Rios. The town sits beautifully on a small bay that was once a small fishing village. Today, the town is one of the best tourist destinations in Jamaica. The wealth of activities, great food, and golden beaches make Ocho Rios an ideal location for a girlfriend getaway full of fun and bonding with your girls.
Your girlfriend getaway in Ocho Rios, Jamaica wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of its beaches. However, the beaches here aren’t just about soaking up the sun; though you can do plenty of that too. One beach that has the best of both worlds is Reggae Beach. Its quarter-mile strand is a popular beauty spot with rugged cliffs and sea grape trees hugging its edges. During the day the beach is tranquil with lounge chairs and changing facilities. It is also a great spot to go snorkelling. Entry to the beach isn’t free, but it’s worth paying the $9 dollar entry fee to spend a day here. The beach has three beach bars that play local music into the night where you can dance beside the bonfire and snack on grilled lobster.
Ocho’s Rios’ Dunn’s River Falls is a must visit location for its amazing waterfall that streams over the cliffs and into the sea by the beach here. For fantastic views climb up the waterfall. You can also rent a variety of water sports gear here.
To have a more local experience head to Mallards Beach next to downtown Ocho Rios. This is a small but popular public beach with a good selection of shops and restaurants nearby. There is a small entry fee charged for anyone that wants to access the beach.
The biggest beach in Ocho Rios is Turtle Beach. This beach is great for swimming due to its calm waters. It also has plenty of water sports gear available to hire, or if you prefer, you can relax under one of its coconut trees.
Ocho Rios has a great choice of activities to enjoy with your girlfriends. For the more adventurous try seeing nature from a bird’s eye view while ziplining through the jungle treetops and finish by taking a nature hike with an expert guide. Spend an afternoon exploring Dunns River Falls and its nearby Dolphin Cove where you can swim with dolphins and feed sharks. Thrill seekers won’t want to miss the Martha Brae River rafting trip or the Montego Bay horse-riding tour.
If your group prefers a more relaxed activity then take some time to do some bonding while shopping at the Ocho Rios Craft Park, the excellent Olde Craft Market, and get into the local vibe at the Reggae Yard. When you’ve had your fill of shopping head to Shaw Park Gardens or the Coyaba River Garden and meander through their beautiful exotic shrubs and flowers.
For a girl’s night out, you won’t be disappointed with the Ocho Rios nightlife. Tuesday night’s is your chance to sing your heart out at Ocean’s 11 Watering Hole’s karaoke night. To experience a Jamaican dancehall head to Amnesia where you will dance through the night and witness sometimes raunchy moves; Thursday is ladies night. If you’re in the mood for a quiet drink then Ruins Pub is your spot or you can sip cocktails at Treehouse. On Wednesday check out the loud and heaving Jimmy Buffet’s Margaretville where you can get half-price entry if you arrive in swimwear and drinks are free until 1am.
Several Ocho Rios hotels also have spas where you can book in for a girl’s afternoon of pampering. You can get great massages at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort or get your nails done at the Renovaspa. For a complete therapeutic treatment head to the Radiant Spa at the Jewel Dunn’s Resort.
When travelling with your girlfriends the best accommodation option is to rent a self-catering vacation rental. This makes the trip much more personal and much more fun. You and your girlfriends will all be in one house where you can stay up all night chatting like you did when you were teenagers, get ready for night’s out together, and make breakfast together while nursing your sore heads.