Aside from the appeal of visiting several ports after only unpacking once upon boarding, a cruise is a great way to “sample” destinations and possibly discover one you’d like to return to and spend more time there. While I’ve visited Ocho Rios, Jamaica numerous times as a cruise passenger, my husband Mel travels to Jamaica on business frequently and often speaks positively of the friendly people and the island’s natural beauty. After the promise of some R&R, I agreed to accompany him and that's why we recently spent four days at the Riu Resort in Oco Rios.
A stroll along the beach and through the open air colonnades revealed places to play, numerous bars, restaurants, two pools, a children’s program, exercise area, and thoughtfully positioned seating areas to sit and enjoy the breezes. The lobby is a complimentary WiFi hot spot and popular with guests who’ve brought their own computing devices. For others, the Sport Bar has an Internet center that charges a fee for use of the computers.
One positive aspect of the resort experience is the politeness of the tour operators and vendors who set up each day in the Riu's open air colonnades. There’s no hassle to stop and buy such as we often find as disembarking cruise ship passengers.
Oh yes, and the towel animal on the bed is decorated with greenery and a flower. Sort of like a cruise, but somehow more “local” and more personal. And my R&R? No problem, mon. It’s going fine.