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Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach

Free admission
Main Street, Ocho Rios, JMCAN19

The Basics

Turtle Beach, lined with palm trees and high-rise hotels, has a host of well-maintained facilities such as changing areas and showers to make your visit fun and easy. Watersports like kayaking and jet-skiing are available, and the shallow waters go out several yards—a bonus for waders and parents with small children.

You can visit Turtle Beach solo or as part of a half-day tour highlighting the best attractions of Ocho Rios. Tours typically include a shopping excursion to the town’s eclectic markets and shopping arcades, a drive through the lush forests of Fern Gully, and visits to Konoko Falls and Botanic Garden and/or Dunns River Falls for a jungle hike and swim. Most tours include round-trip transportation and admission to Dunn’s River Falls and Konoko Falls and Botanic Garden.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Turtle Beach is suitable for everyone, and families with small kids will especially appreciate the shallow water.

  • For a small entrance fee, you have access to the beach, changing rooms, and showers. Rental sunbeds, umbrellas, and lockers are extra. Bring cash.

  • Small vendors serve simple truck-style food and drink. Alternatively bring your own snacks or picnic lunch.

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How to Get There

Turtle Beach is in the center of Ocho Rios, off Main Street. Ask at your hotel about a shuttle bus to the beach or hiring a taxi. If driving, there is free parking in the Super Foods parking lot.

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When to Get There

This public beach is open and busy year-round. Weekdays are generally quieter than weekends.

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Turtle River Falls and Gardens

Worth a visit before or after the beach is Turtle River Falls and Gardens, a 14-acre (5.6-hectare) tropical park just across the way. Take your time in the diverse nature of this heavenly oasis among 14 waterfalls, a koi pond, and an aviary where friendly exotic birds like peafowls, red macaws, and budgies feed from your hand. If you’re tired of the crystal turquoise sea, there are a pool and deck area for swimming and relaxing.

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