BANKING:

All major banks are centrally located in the Ocho Rios town centre.  Just ask the Front Office for directions.  Exchanging foreign currency for Jamaican dollars can be easily accomplished at any bank or foreign exchange agency (cambio).  You are strictly discouraged from using street vendors to make currency exchanges.

TRANSPORTATION:

Columbus Heights is within easy walking-distance of the Ocho Rios town centre.  The Front Office will, however, gladly assist you with taxi and other travel arrangements to the town centre or elsewhere.  Special arrangements can be made for taxis to take you to and from world-famous Dunn’s River Falls.  Check with the Front Office on the cost.  Airport transfers to and from Columbus Heights and all points near Ocho Rios town centre are very convenient.  Taxi or bus service or car rental can be easily arranged at your point of entry.  Travel time is approximately two hours to/from Kingston/Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), 20 minutes to/from Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ), and 90 minutes to/from Montego Bay/Sangster International Airport (MBJ).

Contact the Front Office for more information on transportation.

PAYMENT METHODS:

Credit cards and travelers cheques are accepted by most places of business.  Cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted in settlement of accounts at the Front Office.

GRATUITY:

Tipping is customary and is to be paid directly to each service provider, including the housekeeper, based on the level of service.  Your travel agent voucher will have the recommended amount.  If you need verification of the appropriate gratuity, please contact the Front Office.

SIGHTSEEING TOURS:

Information about sightseeing tours is available at the Front Office.

WATERSPORTS:

The watersports shop is located on the beach at Island Village.  Watersport activities include:

  • boating
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • windsurfing
  • snorkeling
  • scuba diving
  • sailing
  • fishing