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Nighttime Adventures in Ocho Rios

Updated: Nov 29, 2018

For some people, the fun starts when the sun goes down. If you're a night owl, a luxury vacation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica could be the perfect opportunity for evening adventures. With a tropical climate, light breeze & plenty of businesses open late, the city is a nonstop party & you're invited.

The possibilities are endless. Whether you'd prefer cocktailing, dancing or dinner & live music under the stars, here's a look at what your action-packed night could look like.

Dining The restaurant options in Ocho Rios provide a unique setting that is sure to make for a memorable meal. Case in point: The Ruins. Here, you can eat right at the base of an illuminated 40-foot waterfall, surrounded by lush, colorful gardens. Regardless of your tastes, there's something to please your palate, from a wide variety of fresh fish to a tantalizing selection of authentic Jamaican Jerk dishes. Save room for dessert, too – Executive Chef Sam Shum won two gold merits in the 2001 & 2002 Jamaica Cultural Development Centre Culinary Competitions for his famous mango pudding. He's even had past patrons call from other countries to get the recipe. Don't forget to make a reservation & dress in somewhat swanky attire.

Mongoose Jamaica is another restaurant that's more than just a place to dine. The establishment prides itself on offering a vivacious, entertaining experience from the moment you step through the door. The cuisine itself is an eclectic mix of Mediterranean, Jamaican, French & Asian. Try the jerk fish stuffed with callaloo, okra, herbs & spices & roasted over an open flame, or the island-style chicken in a rich coconut curry sauce. While you're at it, sip on the potent Jamaican Mongoose, which is made with overproof white rum, creme de menthe & pineapple juice.

Live music Whether you're looking to chill out to some reggae sounds or prefer a little jazz, plenty of bars around Ocho Rios offer live music nightly. James Street is known as the "Reggae Strip" because it's peppered with a bevy of resorts & bars that are typically packed with locals swaying to some island beats. USA Today suggested Jack Ruby Bar & Grill, where you can listen to live bands in their courtyard outside.

If you want to get more involved in the action, head to the Little Pub – USA Today reported that it's a local favorite, & not just because there's live music six nights a week. With cabaret nights, karaoke sessions & performances of "Caribbean Dream," an original musical, there is certainly entertainment for everyone.

Jazz aficionados will find their sanctuary at Glenn's Jazz Club. Even though the restaurant is a 15 minute drive from central Ocho Rios, USA Today noted that the restaurant will provide transportation upon request.

Dancing after hours Ready to kick things up a notch? If you have the energy, clubbing in Jamaica is an experience you'll never forget. According to Ocho Rios Onestop, Roofe Club in Malard Bay is a traditional dancehall where you can learn the latest Jamaican hip-hop style moves. This place can tend to get rowdy, though, so keep your wits about you & keep track of your friends.

Club Memories is another option at the town center. This spot is hopping five days a week, from oldies night on Sunday to ladies night on Thursday. You'll want to don your best attire & dancing shoes, however, as there's a dress code for the all-night grooving marathons here. If you can get here between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays, you'll catch the happy hour specials.

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