Month: February 2013

Jamaica: Garden Island

I’m not the type of person to spend my entire vacation laying on the beach and for that reason I decided to visit Ocho Rios in the eastern part of Jamaica. Unlike Negril which is well known for its beautiful beaches, Ocho Rios and its surroundings are a great blend of mountains, rivers, waterfalls and remarkable flora. Only a thirty minute walk from Ocho Rios’s town center are the wonderful Mahoe Falls. Although Dunn’s River Falls are the bigger and more popular falls in the area, they also tend to be crowded with tourists and to lack the charm and tranquility of Mahoe Falls. Surrounded by Coyoba River Garden, Mahoe Falls is a little piece of paradise. This fall can be climbed with ease because it doesn’t have the force of Dunn’s River Falls. The surrounding gardens are lush with exotic flowers and colourful butterflies. There is a lookout point with a panoramic view of Ocho Rios and small history museum of Jamaica from its Spanish occupation to present day. This was truly a charming …