Ocho Rios

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ocho rios

town and Caribbean port on the north coast of Jamaica, northwest of Kingston. The Spanish name means "eight rivers," in reference to the number of rivers in the area. The 600-foot (180-metre) cataracts of Dunns River Falls make Ocho Rios a popular tourist resort, and the town has numerous hotels as well as cruise ship facilities. As a trade centre, it serves an area producing citrus fruits, corn (maize), pimientos, and cattle. Bauxite is mined nearby and transported to Ocho Rios for shipping. Pop. (1991) urban area, 8,189.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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