Ocho Rios

The town of Ocho Rios, on Jamaica's north coast, is edged with beautiful white-sand beaches and unbelievable landscapes. Contrary to popular belief, its name does not refer to "eight rivers," the literal Spanish translation. It derives instead from the Spanish word "chorreras," meaning "waterfalls," of which Ocho Rios has many.

Just west of downtown Ocho Rios, you'll discover one of Jamaica's most famous waterfalls - Dunn's River Falls. The cool mountain waters plunge 600 feet to smooth limestone beds, then stream under the roadway before mingling with the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Whether you climb the falls or swim in the chilly eddies on the ocean side, you're sure to remember this place.