Travel: 48 hours in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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ROBIN Gauldie spends a weekend in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Friday, 6pm

Check in at Jamaica Inn (tel: 1 876 974 2514, www.jamaicainn.com) where a double room costs from around £225. There are 48 suites and cottages here, all decorated in blue and white to echo the sand and water of the private beach. There’s also a rather good Caribbean­ fusion restaurant.

8pm

Friday night is DJ night at Ocho Rios Village Jerk Centre (Da Costa Drive), where you can taste authentic, mega­ spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, fish, conch and curried goat.

Saturday, 9:30am

Swim with rays at Stingray City (James Bond Beach, Oracabessa, US $20, www.stingraycityjamaica.com).

11am

Ride a horse or camel, feed ostriches or try a Segway at Prospect Outback Adventures (from US$38.50, www.prospectoutbackadventures.com).

1pm

Lunch at Mom’s (Evelyn Street; tel: 876 974 281). Locals praise the oxtail, rice and peas, and brown stew pork.

2:30pm

Chill at the Jamaica Inn’s beach, snorkelling, canoeing or just lazing.

7pm

Saturday night is lobster night at Jamaica Inn, so treat yourselves to a seafood dinner (from around US$50).

Sunday, 10am

Go underground at Green Grotto Caves (US$20, Discovery Bay, www.greengrottocavesja.com), a labyrinth leading to a subterranean lake.

Midday

Visit Dunn’s River Falls (US$20, www.dunnsriverfallsja.com) to scramble up a series of fast­flowing cascades.

1:30pm

Visit Juici­Beef Patties (61 Main Street). At £1, this cousin of the bridie is the cheapest lunch on the island.

2:30pm

Visit Harmony Hall (www.harmonyhall.com) for a look at paintings by island artists.

8pm

Dine at Evita’s (Eden Bower Rd, Ocho Rios, www.evitasjamaica.com) for Italian­-Jamaican fusion dishes such as lasagne rastafari.

Monday, 11am

Check out for your transfer to Montego Bay and flight home.

Ocho Rios is three hours by road from Montego Bay. Thomson (www.thomson.co.uk) will fly to Montego Bay direct from Glasgow from next summer; www.visitjamaica.com