Aug 24th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Enjoy Former Hangout of the Famous

Situated on Jamaica’s northeast coast, the resort areas of Port Antonio, Runaway Bay, and Ocho Rios (affectionately called “Ochi” by the locals), helped to launch large-scale tourism in Jamaica. Known for its abundant rainfall, verdant landscapes, rolling hills, and jagged estuaries, this region was once the preferred hangout for Noël Coward, Errol Flynn, and a host of British and American literati. Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond spy thrillers, lived at Goldeneye near Ocho Rios. And today it is a destination of choice for senior travelers.

The Caribbean’s most important jazz festival is the weeklong Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, held at various venues during the second week in June. This Jamaican port town offers much, in particular to the nature lovers and the duty free shoppers. It is the main port of call for the cruise ships. What makes it so attractive to tourists is its feel of a bygone era… the colonial times.

A Lush and Lovely Destination for Senior Travelers

Ocho Rios is far lusher than Montego Bay, and many of its resort hotels boast private sandy beaches. On the other hand, golfing and nightlife are better in Montego Bay; if you want lots of excitement, head for Negril. Ocho Rios? It’s a more tranquil place.

Old reliable TripAdvisor will take you through all the needs for senior visitors… things to do, restaurants, B&Bs and more. Virtourist has a photo gallery to share to give you an overview of what you will find in Ocho Rios.  Be ready to dance in Jamaica as down this way Reggae is very big. jeb

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