Just minutes from town, but nicely removed from the hustle and bustle, the freshly renovated RIU Ocho Rios is separated into two large wings, each with its own pool and tropical landscaping. The Main Wing has over 500 guest rooms, as well as restaurants and bars and the Deluxe Wing features 341 suites, as well as three exclusive restaurants.

“After undergoing major renovations in 2019, the newly re-imagined Riu Ocho Rios features modernized guestrooms and facilities and a lively family friendly atmosphere, all in a gorgeous beachfront setting in Ocho Rios. The hotel is large and caters to weddings and bigger groups, but you’ll never lack for lounge chairs on the pool and by the beach. The new beachside Jerk Chicken Station is sure to be a big hit, as are such family friendly favorites as the kids club and Splash Water World.” — Corina Benson, Maritime Travel agent and branch manager, Maritime Travel, Superstore @ Joe Howe, Halifax, NS


A tip for families—if you’re planning to eat at the main buffet restaurant, go early or after the rush because if you hit the buffet about 30 minutes after it opens it can be busy.


901 elegantly appointed guest rooms

Junior suite garden view:

Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, 1 king or 2 double beds, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, integrated lounge area with sofa or sofa bed, mini-bar, liquor dispenser, flat-screen TV, in-room safe, alarm clock, balcony or terrace

What’s included:

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, a la carte dining, unlimited local and selected international drinks, 24-hour snacks, theme night dinners, selected non-motorized water sports, water park, daily activities program, fitness center, games room, nightly entertainment

Little extras ($):

Spa services, medical services, beauty salon, gift shops, in-room internet, Scuba diving, golf nearby

Just for kids:

Kids’ club (ages 4 to 12), indoor playground, water park