Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is the Spanish word meaning ‘many rivers’ and is the home of several rivers and waterfalls. Affectionately called “Ochi” by locals, the town has grown from a small, sleepy fishing village into a world-class tourist destination and port of call for cruise ships.

With its enchanting landmarks, beautiful gardens, and thrilling excursions, the town is the “capital of adventure,” offering different expeditions for travelers of all types and ages. 

So travelers in Ocho Rios can spend their weekends climbing the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls, swimming with dolphins, or taking a thrilling ‘bobsled’ ride through the Mystic Mountains’ (inspired by the classic film Cool Runnings!).

Living in Ocho Rios, Jamaica gives you a chance to volunteer, intern, or study abroad and immerse in a lush tropical destination full of friendly locals, unique biodiversity, and natural resources.

 Like many other towns in Jamaica, the people suffer from unemployment and lack of access to funds to get a quality education, so by selecting Ocho Rios as a part of your itinerary, you can help preserve the town’s ecosystem and people for generations to come.

Ocho Rios- Quick Fact

  • Known as the “Adventure” capital
  • Ocho Rios was once a fishing village.
  • Known for the James Bond film, “Dr. No,” released in 1962.

Program Highlights

  •  Teaching, Childcare, and Conservation most popular
  • Climbing  Dunns River Falls is a popular activity
  • Chance to experience a volunteer vacation 

Weekend Travel Options in Ocho Rios

Another location to stay at is the exciting tourist destination of Ocho Rios. This town is known for its many secret gems, beautiful gardens, and thrilling adventures. On weekends, travelers will have a wide range of options for things to do in and around the town.

Dunn's River Falls

No trip to Jamaica is complete without a visit to the famous Dunn’s River Falls. Enjoy a thrilling experience when you climb the six hundred feet cascading waterfall in a human chain led by an expert guide. Laugh, scream, and savor the massage of a lifetime as you experience the power of the falls pounding against your body.

Stop and relax in pools along your journey. And, at the top, take in spectacular views as you experience the tropical paradise that is Ocho Rios, as well as the surrounding Caribbean Sea.

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Blue Hole Tour

Explore this hidden gem and savor the breath-taking beauty and nature of this tropical paradise where you can swim, cliff-jump, or relax. 

 Live out your Tarzan fantasy with a fantastic rope swing that will have you screaming as you swing through the jungle and dive into the cold, refreshing waters. A moment like this, you won’t forget!

Spanish Bridge Tour

Wondering what to do in Jamaica? Well, escape the crowds and come with us on a thrilling water escapade at the secret and mesmerizing Spanish Bridge. From its tempting sparkling blue waters to its heart-pumping rope swing, Spanish Bridge is the highlight stop for the wild water lovers seeking adventure.

 Located near the border of the parishes (mini-states) of St. Ann and St. Mary, this secret spot will have you falling in love with Jamaica in no time!



Sugar Pot Ruins Beach

Escape the crowded beaches and discover a unique, little gem called Sugar Pot Ruins Beach. Go swimming in the blue Caribbean Sea, taste authentic Jamaican food at the restaurant or relax and soak up the warm tropical sun. Whatever you do, you’ll experience why this beach might just be the sweetest of them all.

Popular Programs in Ocho Rios

teaching volunteer


Indulge in an authentic Jamaican experience as you work with local teachers, caregivers, and most importantly, the children.

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Volunteer as a teacher in Jamaica in a whole new way as you again invaluable life experiences by adapting to a new culture

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Environment & Conservation

Volunteer project in Jamaica and be part of an amazing adventure to learn about Jamaica's beautiful flora and funa.

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