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ocho rios bay beach (cruise ship)Ocho Rios Jamaica Cruise Port

by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Ocho Rios on Jamaica's north coast is the island's most popular cruise destination due to its immaculate beaches, variety of attractions, and lush surroundings.

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Along with Montego Bay on the northwest coast and Negril on the island of Jamaica's far western point, it ranks as one of the top three tourist destinations. Due in large part to its most well-known and well-liked site, Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios is a popular port of call for cruise ships.

Where do cruise ships dock in Ocho Rios?

In Ocho Rios, there are not one but two ports where cruise ships dock, they are the Turtle Bay Pier and Cruise Terminal and also Reynoldโ€™s Pier, more popularly called the James Bond Pier.

Turtle Bay Pier and Cruise Terminal

The Turtle Bay Pier is the main cruise port between the two and generally can dock around 2 mid-size ships. However, only one mega-ship uses this pier most of the time. This pier is pretty close, closer than the other port, to downtown Ocho Rios. The distance from the gangway to a terminal-secured area is less than 300 feet (100 meters) while docking at the T-shaped Turtle Bay Pier.

The exit gates lead to Turtle Beach Road, a broad boulevard with a few hotels and condos on the left side and a few stores and bars on the right. The Main Street of Ocho Rios is where this road, which is around 300 feet long (100 meters), comes to an end.

There are a few facilities and amenities inside the protected portion of the Turtle Bay Terminal, including an information kiosk, a shaded waiting room, and a small but excellent coffee shop with outdoor seating that serves Blue Mountain Coffee and provides free Wi-Fi.

Once outside the gates, a taxi stand with officially rated fares may be found on the right side.

Reynold's Pier aka James Bond Pier

The second potential mooring location in Ocho Rios is Reynold's Pier, which is also known as James Bond Pier. Both freight and cruise ships dock at this pier, which is 800 meters (about half a mile) from the centre of town.

The Reynold's Pier, where tour buses, taxis, and a tourist information centre occupy a tiny space, is a little small once you exit the gangway. However, once beyond the exit gates, cruise passengers will run into independent local tour guides and operators, taxis in large numbers, and vendors selling all kinds of gifts.

Only a 10-minute walk from the beginning of Ocho Rios' Main Street is the departure gates, which open directly into a major road. If you wish to visit the sights in Ocho Rios Town, turn left.

Can You Walk To A Beach From The Ocho Rios Cruise Port?

Yes. Cruise passengers who like to relax on the beach can choose between walking to one close to the docks or paying to take a taxi, hire a car, or take an excursion bus to further shores.

Ocho Rios Bay Beach is conveniently located next to the cruise piers, which is a blessing for cruise guests as they wonโ€™t have to pay any transportation or excursion fees, a great way to save some cash.

About five miles east of the harbour, Bamboo Beach, previously Reggae Beach, is a bigger and better option. Some shore excursions offered by cruise lines feature it. The cost of an expedition typically ranges from $50 to $100 per person, depending on amenities like whether lunch and drinks are included.

Otherwise, cruise passengers might need to hire a taxi to get to other beaches. East of the cruise terminal, it is roughly four miles or seven kilometres away. It is renowned for its snorkelling, tranquillity, and beauty. A half mile east of the harbour is the smaller Mahogany Beach.

Although it is less appealing than the other choices, it is practical for anyone moving through the town on that route. The famous Dunnโ€™s River falls and the beach is only a few minutes drive away and is a great way to spend your day doing activities such as climbing the falls, frolicking on the beach or even ziplining.

Want to know what else you can do near this cruise port or any other cruise port in Jamaica? Read this article for some fun insights.

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References & Sources For Ocho Rios Jamaica Cruise Port

  1. Bateman, S. (2022) Best cruise ports in Jamaica, Available at: (Accessed: December 19, 2022).
  2. Editor-in-Chief (2022), Ocho Rios (Jamaica) Cruise Port Guide: Review (2022). Available at: (Accessed: December 19, 2022).

Ocho Rios Jamaica Cruise Port | Written: December 19, 2022

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