If, when your ship finally sails in, you disembark in Ocho Rios be prepared for lively nights and busy days. Get up to beat on reggae facts at Reggae Xplosion in town before making your evening debut or wander the grounds of Shaw Park Gardens to get in to your own Caribbean groove. Just don't forget to cruise along easy with the island beat.
Pay your respects at the birthplace of Bob Marley in the town of Nine Mile, or visit the museum at Firefly, the residence of later Noel Coward. Writer Ian Fleming penned 14 of his James Bond books while residing here in his retreat, Goldeneye, nearby ? and it won't require a 007 rating to enjoy the sight of Oracabessa's striking cliffs and shiny sea.
Recover from this cultural bustle, lulled by the sound of sea on sand, at Turtle or Island Village Beach before forging on to an active afternoon. Climb Dunn's River Falls have a cool swim as reward before returning to Ocho Rios. Sign on with a short cruise along the coast for a day's worth of snorkeling, saddle time and regional cuisine.
Emerge from the steamy jungle prepared for mask and snorkel, a pleasant way to sightsee and chill. Guided scuba trips penetrate the splendors of the reef underlining the shoreline, or try Rio Nuevo wall for splendid corals and sparkling schools of fish.
Ocho Rios is 67 miles east of Montego Bay.