12 miles south of Ocho Rios on A3 to intersection of A1;
continue south on A1 about 4 miles
Foodies shouldn’t miss the small community of Faith’s Pen, where rows of food stands offer food specialties with home-cooked taste. For just a few dollars, buy a streetside lunch of jerk or callaloo served at a picnic table. Faith’s Pen stalls include such names as “Neita’s One Stop,” “Johnny Cool No. 1” and “Shut’s Night and Day.” Look for jerk chicken, curried goat, roast fish and mannish water. You can expect to fill up on traditional dishes for under $10 per person. The facilities are spartan. Each stall has a small area with stools, and meals are served on Styrofoam plates.
Few miles west of hotel
Island Village is Jamaica's first Park comprising of a wide range of entertainment and retail services on the Ocho Rios waterfront adjacent to the Cruise Ship Pier. Designed to reflect the sensibility of a small coastal community, the Village features an array of diverse entertainment including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Cove Theater, ReggaeXplosion, outdoor amphitheater and stage for major events, 220 seat Cinema/Theatre with video conferencing/satellite broadcast facilities, Village Square for street performers and craft producers, The village Green, Beach sports and Duty Free with Specialty retail shopping, children's outdoor playground and indoor arcade, and an interactive Reggae Museum. We have taken great care to preserve the existing environment of mature trees and clear springs, while integrating the modern infrastructure necessary to create an urban oasis by the sea capable of servicing several thousand people at one time.
Much of the late-night action in Ocho Rios takes place in the resorts and along a stretch of James Street known as the Reggae Strip. The area is similar, although smaller in scale, to Mo Bay’s Hip Strip. This Reggae Strip (directly across from the Renaissance Jamaica Grande) comes alive every Thursday evening starting at 7pm. At that time, the street bustles with live entertainers and booths offering local cuisine. One of the top nightspots in town is Jamaic’n Me Crazy at the Renaissance Jamaica Grande. It’s popular with both locals and travelers.