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How far of a drive is it from Kingston to Ocho Rios?

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How far of a drive is it from Kingston to Ocho Rios?

How far is the drive from Kingston Airport to Ocho Rios? Or, are there any nice beaches and places to stay that are closer? Where?

Or where is a good place to stay in Ocho. We don't want a big resort, not sure if we want all-inclusive yet, want a great beach and be able to walk to shop, eat, etc.

We booked really cheap flights from Ft Lauderdale to Kingston, but don't want to have to drive really far (I hear Negril and Montego Bay are quite a drive.)

Thanks for your help (we go Jan 27; pls rsvp by then.)

Cat

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1. Re: How far of a drive is it from Kingston to Ocho Rios?

2 hours or so.

Besides Ocho Rios consider the Port Antonio area, that's also 2-3 hours.

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2. Re: How far of a drive is it from Kingston to Ocho Rios?

...or Runaway Bay, or anything along hte north coast. The highway from Kingston comes over the mountians at St. Ann's Bay so anything not too far from there will work.

For Porty you can go over the mountains or along the east coast.

Ochi itself isn't known for great beaches.

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3. Re: How far of a drive is it from Kingston to Ocho Rios?

Hello Cat,

How long are you staying for?

I would suggest the following.

Kingston has many lovely beaches. Two are with white sand. Lime Cay and Hellshire beach. Both are only a short boat ride away from Pt Royal.

Take a flight into Kingston and unwind to get rid of the stress of preparing

the trip and also to get over the jetlag. Try this hotel. Only 15 minutes from the airport.

By doing this, you will be well prepared for the duration of your stay.

MORGANS HARBOUR HOTEL Port Royal

beachesparadise.com/Caribbean/morgans.html

Take a boat ride out to Lime Cay –

From Port Royal take a speed boat ride out to these sandy keys.

jamaicans.com/tourist/…limecay.shtml

In the town of Port Royal. Buchaneer´s Roost Restaurante...

Lively local place. Enjoy a delicious hot soup and Lobster dinner.

OR go over to the popular GLORIAS for a fish dinner and the ambience.

OR have a nice meal at the hotel.

This hotel has the best and most spectacular romantic setting.

Looking out to the harbour with the mountains of Kingston in the background.

At nightime the lights add a special effect to the whole setting.

The next day you can take the ferry boat that will take you across the harbour and to

the city of Kingston where you can stroll through the Crafts Market and see parts of the New Kingston area as well.

The ferry has regular transits and will take you back whenever you want to.

The sunrise in JAM is about 05:30am This is a special time of day to see the harbour and all its activities taking place.

For a stroll back in time, and definatley a Historical learning delight, have a walking tour through Port Royal.

http://www.noquartergiven.net/jamaica.htm

Kingson is the capital of Jamaica and by far has the best and most active night life. If you get caught up in it, you will be constantly invited from one place or club to another.

If all you want is to enjoy being a beach bum, then OCHO RIOS is a nice scenic drive of nearly 2 hours. Including stoppage time as well. Check out a place called ROOMS ON THE BEACH.

http://www.roomsresorts.com/

Another place that is well worth the trip is called Port Antonio. A lovely 2.5 hour ride bordering the coastline will take you there.

latimes.com/travel/…

http://www.portantoniotravel.com/

visitjamaica.com/resorts/port/default.aspx

PORT ANTONIO. RAFTING. jamaicans.com/tourist/…portantonioDoSee.htm

Have fun!