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Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica's best loved tourist destinations and is one of many places throughout the Caribbean where local legend claims to be the first landfall of Christopher Columbus, however this is highly likely to not be true. Once, Ocho Rios was a quiet fishing village however these days it caters mainly for tourists, as well as being a port of call for large Caribbean cruise ships as well as taking in cargo ships to load sugar and other goods.



In Spanish, Ocho Rios means eight rivers, however the origins of this towns name are likely to be from the British mispronunciation of the original name of the village being 'Las Chorreras', which means the waterfalls, as there are not eight rivers in the region, yet there is a spectacular set of waterfalls nearby at Dunn's River. The Dunn's River Falls are one of many attractions within easy reach of Ocho Rios.



The town has a beautiful long sandy beach, plenty of bars and nightclubs and of course, a wide range of restaurants serving food from around the world as well as traditional Jamaican cuisine. The area is also home to some of the most luxurious Jamaica villas for rent which feature a large outdoor swimming pool, extensive patio with barbecue for al fresco dining and the interiors are furnished to the same high standard we've come to expect from luxury Caribbean villas.



Reggae music is probably the best known Jamaican export and the world's best known reggae musician, Bob Marley was born not far from Ocho Rios in a small town called Nine Mile, a few miles south of Browns town. After Bob's untimely death in 1981, Nine Mile has also become his resting place and has become a 'Mecca' for reggae fans from all over the world.



There is plenty to do in Ocho Rios from water skiing and wind surfing to swimming with dolphins. Land lovers need not feel left out as aside from the multitude of attraction in the town itself, there's is also horse riding, cycling and hiking. The island is home to tropical rainforest and hence, is home to literally thousands of species of birds, making the island a Mecca for bird watchers as much as it is for Reggae music lovers. The town is also host to a Jazz festival every June if Reggae is not your thing.



If you're looking for Jamaica villas for rent then you can't go wrong choosing a villa in Ocho Rios. The town has plenty to offer for holiday makers both young and old as is a popular stop off port for Caribbean cruises. Hire a car and explore the beautiful St. Ann region from the central hills to Jamaica's north coast, or just soak up the sun as you relax on the beach. Whatever you do, Ocho Rios will not disappoint.

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