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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
The vast sand arch of Ocho Rios Bay, also known as "Turtle Beach," is the biggest and most well-known public beach in Ocho Rios.
Ocho Rios Bay, which is tucked away between Moon Palace Jamaica Grand and the Ocho Rios Marina, has warm, shallow turquoise water that laps gently against a wide stretch of immaculate white sand shaded by Almond and Palm Trees.
Behind the Ocean Village Shopping Center, in the centre of Ocho Rios Town Center, is where you'll find Ocho Rios Bay Beach.
If you are planning to visit this beach, here are some frequently asked questions that may interest you.
Ocho Rios Bay is a public beach but it isn’t free. There is a small entrance fee and you will be given a wristband so you can enter and re-enter as many times as you like for the day.
You can pay in either Jamaican or US dollars, and the price varies depending on whether you are a local or a visitor. Residents must pay J$300 for adults and J$100 for children to access Ocho Rios Bay Beach.
Yes, Ocho Rios Bay is accessible as long as your vehicle is able to drive across the sand because it is very flat, sandy, and has wide-open spaces.
Yes! On the beach, there is a bar where you can buy small snacks. This is occasionally seasonal, but if not, Ocean Shopping Center is close by where you can buy openly cooked food, snacks, and drinks.
Yes! You are allowed to bring food and beverages that you have purchased elsewhere onto Ocho Rios Bay. You can make it the perfect beach day Jamaican style by bringing along homemade fried chicken and corned beef sandwiches or make a quick stop at the nearby KFC for a bucket of chicken.
There is a watersports rental counter and diving centre where you can test out activities like paragliding, jet skiing, snorkelling, and water biking.
Yes, it is. Security personnel regularly patrol the beach in addition to manning the gates. Additionally, you won't feel alone because Ocho Rios Bay is typically crowded with a good mix of locals and tourists.
Additionally, there is the enormous Ocean Village complex, which offers a wide variety of stores, supermarkets, banks, and offices for eye doctors, dentists, and other professionals. If you want a break from local Jamaican food, there is also Burger King and KFC across the street.
Yes! Parking at Ocean Village Shopping Center. If you get the ticket "stamped" after purchasing one of the stores in the shopping centre, the first two hours are free.
Yes! On the beach, there are frequently a variety of craft item vendors who may approach you with their wares.
If you don't want to leave your things to walk to the bar or craft market, you can expect to see a variety of vendors operating along the sand. Along Main Street, you can find two craft markets close to Ocho Rios Bay Beach.
Yes! There are showers and changing areas on the beach at Ocho Rios Bay.
Every day, trash is picked up from Ocho Rios Bay Beach. However, because the beach is in a bay, occasionally after a storm, debris can wash ashore and some people complain that it can be a little smelly. This however is rare.
Ocho Rios Bay Beach is accessible daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, though once there, you are free to stay as long as you like.
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Ocho Rios Bay Beach | Written: September 21st, 2022