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Ocho Rios Travel Guide, Jamaica

Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay are the center of the north coast of Jamaica and is spotted with cliffs and magnificent waterfalls, very near from where Christopher Columbus first landed more than 500 years ago.

Astonished by Jamaica's beauty, the visitor stated: "It is the finest island forever eyes be considered mountainous, and the land seems to tap the sky." Jamaican's note that Ocho Rios is the place where heaven spills into the ocean.

Today, tourists from all over the globe visit Ocho Rios to make their own discoveries in this stimulating yet peaceful resort area that includes the attractions of one of the Caribbean's most admired ports-to-call with the superb scenery of the nearby "garden parish" of Saint Ann.

From the open-air museum of Columbus Park atDiscovery Bay to the drowsy settlement of Oracabessa, an incredible sequence of brilliant-blue bays, charming fishing villages and malleable, sandy coves gesture sunbathers, swimmers and water sports fans.

It's also a magnet for music fans: One of Jamaica's most well-known sons is famous in the tiny village of Nine Miles throughout the first week of February, when official birthday parties for reggae star Bob Marley, that was born and is buried here and that attracts thousands of visitors.

Away from the resorts and golf courses of Runaway Bay, there's horseback riding at the Chukka Cove, a resort facility that includes polo matches, instruction and trail rides through neighboring plantations. At Saint Ann's Bay, the Seville Great House & Heritage Park includes antiques from the excavated colony of New Seville that was founded in 1509 by the son of Christopher Columbus.

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