Ocho Rios, Jamaica

 What do you think of when you hear Jamaica?

I think of Jerk chicken, Red Stripe, sun, sand and relaxing on a beach…

My first trip to Jamaica was this past year; I stayed at the recently opened Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios .

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande has been completely renovated and is a true luxury vacation destination. A great family friendly resort with a nice beach and tons of water sports and activities for everyone. The resort is located downtown Ocho Rios, walking into town and the local craft market  is an easy task.  I would recommend a visit too Juici Patty,  I highly recommend trying the beef and cheese Jamaican patty, so delicious!


One of Jamaica’s most popular day trip is to Dunn’s River Falls, we did a catamaran tour from Sandals Ochi Beach with Island Routes.  Operating on 11 islands this company offers “the island experience, a way of life” to all customers. Everything is irie mon, a true Jamaican saying used throughout the day on the catamaran tour.  We started our day tour with the D.J. introducing the crew and itinerary for our trip; snorkelling, Dunn’s River Falls and of course, the party back to the resort. The highlight of the day trip was climbing up the 183 meters cascading waterfall, what a rush!  Many different routes up the falls allow for people of different abilities makes this an ideal experience for everyone!  Back on the catamaran we were served with a buffet lunch and an open bar for remainder of the day.  Our party cruise back to Sandals had everyone dancing and learning how to ‘whine like a Jamaican’ while listening to the best Jamaican hits! Such an awesome day!

I also had the opportunity to spend a day at Sandals Ochi Beach; I cannot begin to describe how amazing this resort is.  With over 100 acres of lush forests throughout, this resort appeals to everyone: from the romantic honeymoon getaway to the wild partygoer or a complete relaxing spa vacation.   You will be amazed at what this resort has to offer.  I toured the resort and saw many different types of rooms located around the resort.  We enjoyed a relaxing lunch at the pool’s Jerk Shack with a red stripe in hand.  We split our afternoon between the relaxing large pool on the Greathouse side of the resort and at the swim up pool bar at the Ochi Beach Club.  A completely different vibe at each pool, the Greathouse pool was a relaxing atmosphere with some pool activities like volleyball during the day.  The Ochi Beach Club swim up bar was where the party was happening! You certainly don’t want to miss out on this awesome party, the bartenders had everyone dancing, singing and playing drinking games all afternoon. I will be adding this to my list of must visit resorts!


Jamaica Mon, you WOWED me! See you again soon!