Ocho Rios Landmarks and Monuments
(Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Middlesex, Jamaica)
Ocho Rios has no real traditional landmarks, sights or monuments after the beaches
and various coastal attractions. It does, however, have a collection of working plantations near to town that can be explored, along with some very appealing gardens and parks
Close by is the Prospect Plantation and the Sun Valley Plantation, both of which have plenty to offer day trippers. The other side of Ocho Rios, from a tourists' point of view, are the many shopping centres and resorts.
Address: A3 East, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, JM
Tel: +1 876 994 1058
Prospect Plantation is a huge working plantation off to the east of the town, being around 5 km / 3 miles away and covering just over 990 acres / 400 hectares. Featuring a pretty hilltop house and tractor tours around the grounds, this plantation is located within the parish of St. Ann and is one of the reasons that this is commonly known as 'the garden parish'. You go through various plantations, including coffee, cocoa, coconut, pineapple and banana, and you can even get around by horseback or camelback if that appeals - the choice is yours. Great sea views are a welcome byproduct.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:30, 14:00 and 15:30 (tours)
Shopping Malls and Resorts
Address: Ocho Rios, Jamaica, JM
The many glitzy shopping malls and hotel resorts in Ocho Rios make up for any shortfall in supply of landmarks and monuments. Along with the beaches, the endless 'shopportunities' are a major reason why so many people come in the first place, with popular malls and similar complexes dotting the townscape. Noteworthy local shopping malls include the Taj Mahal Plaza, the Ocho Rios Craft Market, and the Ocean Village Shopping Centre, while resorts include Turtle Towers, Fisherman's Point and the Sandcastles Resort.
Open hours: daily
Sun Valley Plantation
Address: Crescent, Near Oracabessa, Jamaica, JM
Tel: +1 876 995 3075
The Sun Valley Plantation is a little further afield than the more visited Prospect Plantation, and based out near St. Mary's town of Oracabessa. This is a genuine working plantation and you can tour the grounds by tractor, visiting the extensive banana and coffee plantations. Tours run on the hour, while Oracabessa
is a funky destination in itself in the area, so try to leave a little time to explore this charming town.
Open hours: daily - 09:30 to 14:00 (tours)