Beaches Ocho Rios is a small intimate family resort in Ocho Rios Jamaica. The resort is about a 2 hour drive from Montego Bay’s international airport. The drive is long but there are great views of the sea along the way and you will be sure to see some goats by the roadside along the way.
When you arrive at Beaches the staff is warm and inviting. The main reception area is open with many comfy couches and sitting areas. The staff is quick to check you in and shows you the way to your room.
The resort has 223 room and suites in a variety of categories. We stayed in the Greek Oceanfront Concierge Terrace suites overlooking the Caribbean Sea. These suites have either a king bed or two double beds, a sitting area with sleep sofa and a desk area. The terrace area overlooks the ocean with a table for light dining. The only downfall with the terrace is there is a walk way in front of each room so there is no privacy on your terrace, which I would have liked some quiet time there.
The beach area is small but the water is Caribbean blue with the waves crashing off the reefs off shore. We had a chance to go snorkeling from the beach and off of the boats along the reef. The water was a little rough so we could not get close to the reef. We did see many colorful fish and shells. The banana boating was fast and fun. We also had many opportunities to paddle board, kayak, ride the water bike and sailing on the hobie cat’s. Even when the resort is close to full there is plenty of equipment for all who want to try something new. An added bonus at any Beaches Resort is the scuba diving is included in the cost. PADI certified divers can dive twice a day if there is availability.
There are several dining options at Beaches Ocho Rios:
- Venetian Italian restaurant for great food and Antipasti Bar. They had the tastiest lamb chops.
- Neptune’s on the water has many seafood specialty dishes. A favorite was the shrimp scampi.
- For a more elegant dinner, Eleanor’s serving Caribbean dishes. A great restaurant for a intimate dinner for two, resort evening attire required.
- Bayside Restaurant for an international buffet, with a wide selection for adults and kids alike.
- Bar-B-Q park and Bella Napoli Pizzeria – great Hawaiian pizza by the pool
- Josephine’s Creperie – the best smoothies and Nutella Crepes for a quick chocolate snack.
The main pool is large with several cabana’s surrounding the pool. The cabana rental was well worth the extra cost. We had our own butler for the afternoon. Her name was Venice and she was great. She pampered the kids with food and smoothies. She also had my cooler stocked with wine and beer and waters for the us. If the girls needed something from the store, she would go get it for them. They were getting a little too used to someone taking care of their every need, but it was a great experience. The water park has about 11 slides including the smaller kiddie ones. It is a great size for families with younger children and the lines were never more than one or two guests.
The kids camp has structured activities for kids of all ages. It is fun to hang out with other kids while the adults are having some adult time. There is also a great arts and crafts place where we made some fun crafts from painted shells to picture frames. These have an added cost but it is worth the memories you can bring home.
The Beaches Ocho Rios Resort is a great first experience at a Beaches property since it is small and intimate and offers all of the amenities and activities the other larger Beaches Resorts. Our vacation to Ocho Rios was memorable and we can’t wait to go back to the warm Jamaican sun and sea.