|Shopping in Ocho Rios is an adventure in itself.
Unwary first timers, unprepared to deal with the tactics of aggressive vendors, sometimes
leave the markets vowing never to return. We highly recommend you take advantage of
our tourguide/driver services as our guides are very experienced in suppressing the
manoeuvres of these peddlers. Be prepared to haggle and walk away as the majority of
vendor asks too much at first, which gives them the leeway to "negotiate" until the price
reaches a more realistic level. Is shopping fun in Ocho Rios? Some will say a resounding no,
but it can be if you are prepared to be guided.
Island Village - is the newest shopping and entertainment complex in Ocho Rios,
including a variety of duty free and craft stores, restaurants, the Reggae Explosion
museum, night life and a movie theater. Bookland, has a collection of books that cover
various aspects of Jamaica, history, culture, birds, flora and fauna, also cook books and
detailed maps of Jamaica.
Taj Mahal Shopping Center - offers dozens of stores selling jewelry, clothing,
souvenirs, cigars etc. Hard Rock Cafe recently opened there.
Soni's Plaza has similar stores to Taj Mahal and a very good Indian restaurant,
Passage to India.
Island Plaza, home to Burger King, has a good pharmacy and several
comprehensive craft shops with Jamaican art, carvings, ceramics, kitchenware, and the
Ocean Village - in the center of town offers a variety of stores, banks and restaurants.
Harmony Hall - exhibits and sells paintings and sculptures by top Jamaican artists.
Toscanini's Italian restaurant is located downstairs.
Wassi Art Pottery - employs numerous artisans who turn out wonderful pottery.
You'll reach the place via a winding and impossibly rutted road. Factory tours are free,
about 15 minutes, and include a brief session trying to throw a pot on an electric potter's
wheel. Everything is done the old-fashioned way here, by hand. All glazes used in the
process are nontoxic and FDA approved.
The finished pottery range from the earth- and forest-toned to the bright iridescent
patterns. They will expertly package, insure and ship anything you purchase via Federal
Craft Markets: The Ocho Rios Craft Market has 135 stalls. You can watch a vendor
will weave a hat or a basket or a woodcarver at work. Hand embroidered goods, straw
hats, bags, place mats, local art, caps, sarongs, t/shirts etc provide countless opportunities
to sharpen your haggling skills.
General Food Supermarket is the best place to stock up on local spices,
condiments, jerk seasoning, fruits, coffee, rum cakes etc.
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tropical getaway at
Bed & Breakfast Villa
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Our award winning B&B
is a great choice if you
prefer small Caribbean
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|Shopping in Ocho Rios Jamaica
has this to say about
The Blue House,
"SUPERB deluxe B&B
The highlight is
possibly the best
and Indian styles.
Breakfast and dinner
are served family-
style, while the genial
hosts are a mine of
information and offer
A pool and nearby
river bathing are
great for relaxation."
|Telephone: (876) 994-1367 or 974-1569
P.O. Box 6189, Ocho Rios P.O., Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica W.I.
|Ocho Rios Jamaica Luxury Caribbean Guest House/Holiday Lodging & Vacation Travel Guide
|THE BLUE HOUSE
Luxury Boutique Bed & Breakfast Villa, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Small affordable luxury boutique hotel for discerning travellers and foodie vacations.
Christian holiday lodgings in White River Estates, St Mary,
on the Caribbean Island of Jamaica, two miles east of Ocho Rios.