Translating to “eight rivers” in Spanish, Ocho Rios is actually a misnomer. The name was likely a British mix-up, as this former fishing village is better known for its stunning waterfalls. Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most photographed landmarks, with a natural set of cascading “stairs” that travelers climb with the help of tour guides. The falls pool into the Caribbean Sea on the western end of the village on an iconic white sand beach. Aside from its waterfalls, this resort town is also a popular tourist stop for cruise lines, meaning there is plenty of night life.
To marry in Jamaica, photo IDs plus proof of citizenship are required. Divorce and death decrees are also required as applicable. French Canadians need a notarized translated copy of all documents. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Jamaica. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
The official language of Jamaica is English, though variations of Jamaican English are widely spoken.
The Jamaican dollar is the official currency, though US dollars are often accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
Jamaica has a tropical climate with warm temperatures ranging from 77 to 82 degrees F. The rainy season is from May to November, and hurricane season runs from June to November.
Dunn’s River Beach is the emptying point for the famous Dunn’s waterfalls and is a great beach for watersports like snorkeling. James Bond Beach is where Dr. No was filmed, with soft white sand and lush surrounding jungle. Reggae Beach is also a popular beach, with clusters of hundred-year-old almond and palm trees shading the golden sand.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
The Blue hole is a great excursion for families and couples alike, as a rope swing takes you into bright blue cave waters and cascading waterfalls that are gentle enough to swim in. The famous Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most photographed landmarks, with a natural set of cascading “stairs” that travelers climb with the help of tour guides. For a panoramic view of the rainforest, try a bobsled tour (also known as zip-lining) through over 100 acres of jungle canopy.
At night, reggae escapes from dive bars and clubs alike and keeps travelers dancing through the night.
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