Enchanted Gardens – Turtle River Falls and Gardens – Ocho Rios’ Hidden Gem
Turtle River Falls and Gardens formerly the Enchanted Gardens is a 15 acre tropical garden conveniently located in the resort town of Ocho Rios.
Turtle River Falls and Gardens is around two minutes from the town centre of Ocho Rios, up on the hill near Evitas Italian Restaurant.
Turtle River Falls and Gardens features 14 cascading water falls on the Turtle River which flows through the property.
It also has a variety of indigenous and endangered plants, exotic birds housed in a 382,329 cubic feet sized Walk-in-Aviary and a beautiful Japanese Koi Pond. All of this is set in an enchanting garden and rainforest setting.
A Tour of the Garden and Falls
The Gardens are dominated by the breath taking waterfalls on the Turtle River which run south to north throughout the Gardens. For the purpose of the Tour the Garden is divided into two segments:
- Segment One – Formal Tropical Garden
- Segment Two – Tropical Rainforest
Formal Tropical Garden
The Formal Tropical Garden highlight flowering trees and shrubs, fruit trees, ferns and palms and is located on the flat central portion of the land surrounding the major buildings and facilities.
The Rainforest surrounds the most majestic of the waterfalls and also surrounds the upper steeper portion of the property.
The many and famous viewing platforms along the river provide the perfect viewing point to appreciate the plant diversity of the rainforest.
Clearly seen along the river walk are the four levels typical of a rainforest, namely, the emergent level, the canopy, the understory and the forest floor, providing fantastic educational opportunity on the world’s imperiled rainforests and what is required to preserve them.
Visit to The Aviary
The Walk-In-Aviary (382,329 cubic feet) is 140 feet in diameter and 75 feet in height and covers approximately 15,400 square feet of land space and is stocked with colourful tropical birds including some of the 27 species endemic to Jamaica.
The Aviary offers a vivid interactive experience for visitors who are permitted, as additional entertainment, to interact and feed the birds.
The Gardens are dominated by the breath-taking waterfalls on the Turtle River which run south to north throughout the Gardens.
- Lose yourself amongst their fourteen natural waterfalls with meandering streams and spring-fed pools.
- Experience a tropical fantasy as you climb the waterfalls
- Refresh and revitalize your body in their waterfalls while taking memorable photographs against the majestic backdrop.
Tropical Isle Swimming Pool
You may also swim and enjoy relaxing drinks at the pristine tropical-isle swimming pool with swim-up pool bar.
If you want an attraction that is not too touristy, provides you with an authentic Jamaican experience and allows you to learn about the indigenous and endangered plants in Jamaica I would highly recommend this tour.
I am a big fan of tourist attractions where you feel like you have learned something about Jamaica. Turtle River Falls and Gardens – Enchanted Gardens is one of these places.
Tours are available Mondays to Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Turtle River Falls and Gardens- Enchanted Gardens.
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