Runaway Bay, Jamaica Vacations

Our Opinion of Runaway Bay

Taxis have pre-established rates and buses services are available on a city and national level. Air Jamaica Express offers domestic flights.

Car and motorcycle rental desk can be found at the airport, in some hotels and in the city. When crossing the street or when renting a vehicle please remember that Jamaicans drive on the LEFT.

The General Consumption Tax (GCT) of 15% is applied to goods and services. Hotels usually include a service charge of 10% to 15%. Restaurants accept the same 10% to 15% tipping rule. Tipping is also customary for bellmen, doormen, porters, tour guides and taxis.

Gang violence occurs regularly in inner-city areas of Kingston but tourist resorts are safe. However as a tourist you are more likely to be a target of petty crime. Use good judgment, take advantage of the safety deposit boxes provided by the hotels and ensure that your lock hotel door or your rented car. Carry your wallet and camera discreetly.

Ocean View Beach is a private beach situated at Runaway Bay.

Jamaica Grande Beach is ideal and you can try parasailing here.

Dunn's River Beach is a popular beach with cool and calm waters perfect for water sports.

James Bond Beach offers beautiful beaches surrounded by crystal clear water and an amazing backdrop

Dolphins Cove is the place to go swimming with dolphins.

Things to know about Runaway Bay, Jamaica Vacations

Activities & Sports
Beaches and resorts in Ocho Rios offer every water sports like snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and of course sunbathing and swimming.

The Sandals Golf and Country Club is an 18-hole championship course with extremely scenic views. Fishing, boating and all-terrain vehicle are all possible activities that can be practiced in Ocho Rios.

Horseback rides take you along trails and by-ways through quaint rural villages and lush green pastures.

Dining & Nightlife
When night falls, a canoe trip up the torch-lit White River can be an exciting journey that includes a folklore show, dinner and open bar.

Margaritaville, a restaurant and bar, stays open into the early morning. Popular clubs in Ocho Rios include Jamaic'N Me Crazy and Amnesia.

Besides on site hotel stores you will have to travel to Ocho Rios to shop. Be ready for an insane shopping experience as hundreds of Jamaicans come here to peddle items. They can be aggressive at times and you should be ready to haggle a lot.

For a less traumatic shopping experience head to the shopping malls like New Ocho Rios Plaza, Ocean Village Shopping Centre and Pineapple Place Shopping Centre.

The Ocho Rios Craft Park is more a market style installation where vendors will weave a hat or a basket while you wait. Popular purchases also include hampers, handbags, place mats, lampshades, hand-embroidered goods and wood carved bowls, ashtrays, statues, and cups. Of course you will find rum and Blue Mountain coffee as well.

Day Trips
Montego Bay - Come and explore the historical and colonial town of Montego Bay. It is the second largest city in the country and has countless landmarks to visit. Then go on a Mobay Submarine Dive where you can view the local marine life in partially glassed semi-submarine.

Negril - Known as the water sport capital you can dive, snorkel, sail, parasail, water ski, wind surf and kayak. Come and enjoy the long stunning white sand beach and visit a historic lighthouse.

Blue Mountains - Travel along the north coast to Buff Bay and turn inland towards the majestic peaks of the Blue Mountains. Here you can visit a working coffee-house and learn about the world-famous Blue Mountain coffee.

Located beside the Black River, in beautiful Jamaican valleys, is the Appleton Rum Distillery. Since 1749 the Appleton Estate has been blending some of the finest rums in the world. You will learn about the distilling process from sugar cane, molasses, sugar, to wine and rum and then have a chance to savour these award-winning rums after the tour. Do stay sober enough to enjoy the Black River wetlands afterwards.

Flying time from:
Approximately 4 hours
Montreal: Approximately 6 hours
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 6 hours 30 minutes

Languages: English
Currency: Jamaican Dollar. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with average tempuratures of 29'C
Electricity: 110 V, 50Hz. Hotels often have 220 V. Same as Canada and the U.S.

A valid passport recommended for Canadian citizens but a certified birth certificate and government issues photo id accepted. Roundtrip or onward ticket required. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Jamaican consulate. Passports are highly recommended.

Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.

The departure tax of around JA$1,000, per person, is usually included on your plane ticket but if not added it will be payable at the airport, please verify. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents. makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.