Blue Hole Jamaica is rated by TripAdvisor as the best tourist attraction in Ocho Rios. The Irie Blue hole is a waterfall and swimming hole attraction located in the hills of Jamaica.
The Blue Hole is around 20 minutes from the resort town of Ocho Rios.
There are a lot of waterfall attractions in Ocho Rios. The most popular one is Dunns River Falls. What makes the Blue Hole so special is it has not been commercialized. You feel at one with nature.
Even if you don’t feel like swimming you can sit on the bamboo benches and people watch and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
Description of the Blue Hole Falls
The Blue Hole has two main sections: the Blue Hole swimming section and the waterfalls further upstream.
The Blue Hole is the quintessential swimming hole. Imagine turquoise blue water surrounded by lush vegetation. You can just jump right in; trust me you will be tempted to do this.
There is also a Tarzan rope which you can swing on and jump into the Blue Hole. There are a series of mini waterfalls that feed this Blue Hole. You can enjoy a natural massage and bask in the sunshine.
The second section of the Blue Hole is the waterfalls further upstream. It is a 5-10 minute hike from the Blue Hole. There is a trail that runs along the river. Just before you reach the Blue Hole Falls you will re-join the river.
There are sections where you can dive or jump. Your guide will let you know where it is safe to dive or jump.
Where is the Blue Hole located
The Blue Hole is a twenty-minute drive from Ocho Rios. You travel east of Ocho Rios and then head into the hills on the border of St. Ann and St. Mary (two parishes in Jamaica).
You will pass through rural communities in the countryside of Jamaica. The blue hole is part of the White River valley.
Blue Hole Jamaica Directions
If you are driving to the Blue Hole hopefully these directions will help you. First, head east towards the parish of St. Mary. Turn right at the stoplight that will take you to Exchange.
Continue along the Exchange road. When you reach the gas station keep left. Drive pass the Upton or Sandals Golf Course. Continue along this road until you come to a small town square.
On the left-hand side, you will see a road sign that says Thatch Hill Main Road.
Continue along the Thatch Hill Main Road until you see a JPS power station. Turn right on a dirt road and continue for around 50 meters.
You will see a marl parking lot with a few vendor stalls surrounding the area. You have arrived at the Blue Hole.
Other nearby attractions
White River Tubing (5 minutes away)
Dunns River Falls (25 minutes away)
Turtle River Falls and Gardens (25 minutes away)
Dolphin Cove Jamaica (25 minutes away)
Mystic Mountain (25 minutes away)
Konoko Falls (25 minutes away)
Sandals or Upton Golf Course (5 minutes away)
What to Bring and Tips
- Camera (waterproof if possible)
- Water shoes
- Hire a guide. The guides will let you know where it is safe to jump and go.
- Negotiate the price of the guide before you start
Distance from Main tourist areas
Distance from Ocho Rios – 20 minutes
Distance from Runaway Bay – 55 minutes
Distance from Discovery Bay – 1 hour and 10 minutes
Distance from Montego Bay – 2 hours and 20 minutes
Distance from Negril – 3 hours and 45 minutes
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Blue Hole Jamaica Information
Blue Hole Jamaica Price – US $10 entrance fee
Blue Hole Jamaica Opening Hours – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Blue Hole Jamaica address – Thatch Hill Road, Exchange
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