Backpacking and Camping in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Some people who want to see and experience the beauty and excitement of the popular Ocho Rios a bit differently choose to try backpacking and camping in this exotic bit of Jamaica. Not only could this be the adventure of a lifetime, but they’re also able to save a great deal of money. Although most people don’t backpack the Caribbean— often a tourist destination for honeymooning couples, retirees, and families looking to live it up at a full-serviced hotel or resort - the concept of backpacking is on the increase. Backpacking in Ocho Rios means you’ll definitely be avoiding the large resorts and swanky hotels, and be settling for accommodations ranging from cheap hotels, motels, and hostels to campgrounds, and so getting closer to the real Jamaica. A few examples of places to stay while backpacking in Ocho Rios include Wynfield Hostel, idyllically situated just minutes away from the famous Dunn’s River Falls, Seascape Hostel by the Sea, and the lovely Paradise Jamaica. Keep in mind, however, that Jamaica, overall, is not particularly well designed or developed for campers—and neither is Ocho Rios as a specific city.
Even seasoned Jamaican tourists, as well as travel planners don’t recommend camping in much of Jamaica as unsuspecting tourists are vulnerable. Backpacking and camping in “the wild,” on beaches, or anywhere isolated or not part of a camping facility should be avoided. If you’d still like to camp in Ocho Rios, investigate if any of the resort or hotel properties will rent you a tent to stay on their premises. If you have your own tent and camping gear, ask if you can use their outdoor property and then pay per night. Many resorts and hotels in Jamaica rent out parts of their property for camping, and provide tents, as well as a few other facilities.
This is one way of getting the best of all possible worlds! .