I just returned from a week at Beaches Ocho Rios in Jamaica, and it was lovely!
This is a family-friendly resort, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, but it’s perfect for a destination wedding, vow renewal, or family vacation.
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First, here are some of the resort highlights:
All-inclusive, family-friendly resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Seven dining options with Italian, French, Mediterranean, and more
Seven bars/lounges including a swim-up bar, piano bar, and nightclub
Just over 200 rooms with a compact/vertical layout
Five pools and two whirlpools
Daily activities and nightly entertainment
Variety of land and water sports
Red Lane Spa and fitness center
Kids Camp and Teen Zone with an Xbox Lounge
Certified Autism Center with staff certified by the IBCCES
27,000 square foot water park
And now for a breakdown of the pros and cons:
PROS of Beaches Ocho Rios:
Staff are so friendly and go above and beyond for guests
Service is excellent throughout the resort
Grounds are kept very clean and the landscaping is well-maintained; attentive housekeeping services
Private beach area so there aren’t any vendors selling things
Soft, white sand and clear turquoise water
Reef located offshore keeps the water calm which is perfect for spending time in the ocean
Water sports galore are included e.g. kayaking, paddle boarding, Hobie Cats, banana boat rides, etc.
Snorkeling excursions, scuba diving, and glass bottom boat rides are also included
Awesome variety of lunch options to choose from: handmade pizza, grilled items, jerk chicken/pork, Jamaican patties, and even ice cream for dessert
French creperie with sweet or savory crepes (who knew I was such a fan of crepes, but they were delicious!)
Six varietals of Robert Mondavi wine (I sampled several and they were quite good)
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
Live nightly shows (can enjoy them while you’re still in the main pool which is unique)
Talented resort photographers capture special candid moments throughout your stay, and you can also schedule a complimentary photo session at sunset
Located close to the famous Dunn’s River Falls and lots of other fun excursions
Strictly enforced ‘No Tipping’ policy so you don’t have to carry cash around with you
Large water park with 11 slides that’s fun for all ages
Golf is included at Sandals Golf and Country Club nearby
Beachfront walkout rooms available where you can walk directly out onto the beach
Beautiful oceanfront pier venue for weddings and vow renewals
CONS of Beaches Ocho Rios:
Smaller beach (common in Ocho Rios which is more mountainous)
Resort is older and showing its age in some places
Located about two hours from the MBJ airport (although it's a smooth ride with AC and a Red Stripe)
The pros far outweigh any cons at Beaches Ocho Rios, and bonus, it’s the least expensive of all the Beaches Resorts.
If you’re looking for a wonderful vacation where the resort staff will make you feel like family during your stay, this is the place!
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