9 Things You Should Do At Margaritaville Ocho Rios

September 30, 2019

Things You Should Do At Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Ocho Rios

Margaritaville Ocho Rios

My family and I recently went on our annual excursion. A few years ago we decided to take a day trip to a different location each year in celebration of my sister and brother's birthday. More often than not it's a beach trip as there is just something about the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea that pulls us in, plus it's summer so why not? This year was no exception and our adventure took us to Margaritaville in Ocho Rios.

Margaritaville Ocho Rios is one of the locations of the franchise created by musician and business tycoon Jimmy Buffett. It is located across from the Ocho Rios Bay Beach in Island Village. This wasn't my first time at Margaritaville in Ocho Rios and so far I am happy to announce that it hasn't disappointed. The overall vibe is perfect for children and adults alike. It is the ideal spot if you want to relax or just let loose with friends. My family and I had an amazing time and so I wanted to share some things you could do so you too can have an amazing time if you decide to stop by.

1. Try the food

Whether you just eat food for eating's sake or you are a true foodie, the food at Margaritaville will not disappoint. While it might not be viewed as an authentic Jamaican spot this beachfront bar and grill offers a wide variety of flavours including some Caribbean and American favourites. From juicy cheeseburgers (my favourite) and sumptuous seafood to extremely appetizing salads, you will have a variety of options. I confess that the food is relatively expensive, however, for the most part, it is worth it.

Margaritaville Ocho Rios

2. Take the 'Trouble in Paradise' challenge

If you've always wanted to test your competitive eating skills this is the challenge for you. The 'Trouble in Paradise' challenge requires you to complete their quadruple patty Cheeseburger in Paradise, fries and pickle in less than 8 minutes. I would never attempt this challenge, mainly because I believe cheeseburgers should be savoured and racing to finish it wouldn't allow me that pleasure and also because I would lose...sigh! I had the opportunity to see two guests take on the challenge. They both lost, unfortunately, but it was fun to watch.

This is not the quadruple patty 'Cheeseburger in Paradise'

3. Have a drink at the  bar

After enjoying a scrumptious meal, you will want to wash it down with a drink from the bar. The bar at Margaritaville Ocho Rios offers a mixture of beverages including cocktails, margaritas, daiquiris and beer. You also have the option of requesting the non-alcoholic version of some mixed drinks so the kids can enjoy them too. There are in-pool seats available for your convenience if you want to have your drink while lounging in the pool.

4. Hit the beach

Do I really need to tell you this? Maybe I'm biased because I am a water lover but I don't think it is possible to visit Margaritaville Ocho Rios and not go on the beach. Even if you don't go for a swim, the crystal clear water and powdery white sand are the perfect backdrop for photos. If you choose to dine you can access the beach without charge. In order to access the beach without dining you are charged a fee.

Margaritaville Ocho Rios

Once on the beach, you can relax on the sand with a drink in your hand making use of their beach chairs and umbrellas which are available to you for a fee. There are also water trampolines for your bouncing pleasure. They are sometimes a little way out so you may have trouble getting to them if you are not an experienced swimmer. The water is gentle and is safe for swimmers and non-swimmers. The temperature may also fluctuate as there is a river or stream nearby which empties into the sea.

5. Go for a dip in the pool

Margaritaville Ocho Rios has a swimming pool. It's not very big and the deepest part, which is the centre, is about 8ft. You can go for a swim or just wade in the pool if you are not a fan of the salty seawater. It's also a major splash zone since that's where the waterslide spits you out. It does get crowded and can be noisy at times but you'll be having too much fun to notice.

6. Ride the 60-foot waterslide

Towering above the bar is a 60ft water slide. If you are a thrill seeker you will enjoy riding the waterslide. I definitely recommend giving it a try at least once. They also facilitate non-swimmers who want to experience the rush by providing life jackets.

7. Enjoy live entertainment

There is always a great vibe at Margaritaville. You will hear music from all genres but know that it will be something you can dance to. On some occasions, the staff will entertain guests with certain fun activities such as dance competitions and games to keep them engaged. It is said that music brings people together and that is exactly what happens at Margaritaville Ocho Rios.

8. Get the ultimate nightclub experience

If you happen to be there on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday night you will get to witness Margaritaville Ocho Rios' transformation into a nightclub 'Club Ville'. The nightclub goes from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. I'm yet to experience the nightclub but they are said to have themed club nights which feature popular DJs. I imagine that if the night is anything like the day it too will be an amazing experience.

Photo by Mark Angelo from Pexels

9. Treat yourself to some retail therapy

Margaritaville Ocho Rios has a retail store. Here you can purchase Margaritaville merchandise and memorabilia for yourself or as gifts. Their wares include t-shirts, hats, mugs and other items.

Margaritaville Ocho Rios aims to ensure that their guests have the 'Best. Day. Ever'.  They also offer packages for special group events. The staff at this location are friendly and the customer service is excellent. The food preparation time may be slow on busy days which is understandable but the overall experience is great.

Let me know in the comments below if you've ever been to Margaritaville. Thanks for reading.

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  • Reply Elizabeth August 8, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Been to Ocho many times but not to Margarita Village. I will go next time.

    • Reply Kimberley August 9, 2020 at 7:45 pm

      That sounds like a great plan

  • Reply Kelsey August 7, 2020 at 9:23 am

    This looks amazing! We were planning a Caribbean cruise to Jamaica before COVID! We’re hoping to go once things open up so we’ll have to check this out on our Jamaica stop!

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      If you do stop in Ocho Rios, it will the first location after getting off the pier.

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    I cannot wait to travel! Thank you for all the reccomendations. Well noted =)

  • Reply Kimberlie August 7, 2020 at 6:18 am

    Now, I need to add Margaritaville to my things to do next time I’m home. When I came abroad for school, it was just gaining popularity and I just assumed it was only a club, which is not really my thing. Good to know it has layers.

    • Reply Kimberley August 8, 2020 at 11:49 am

      Lol it certainly does and you won’t be disappointed

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    This looks like so much fun! Makes me want to travel! Can’t wait til I can! 😊

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      It was a lot of fun. I know that feeling all too well. My country has gradually opened up, however, I’m still a little scared of venturing anywhere at the moment.

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    I love the photos! Hope we could all enjoy things like these again! 🙂

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    This sounds like so much fun! I could use a beach vacation right about now!

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  • Reply Bryan December 13, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I’ve had mixed experiences with the service at Margaritaville restaurants. But my most recent visit- to the location in Falmouth, Jamaica- was a positive one overall and Margaritaville is a place we always visit now, everywhere we go, if a location is near

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      It’s so good that you’ve visited Jamaica. Surprisingly I haven’t been to the one in Falmouth but I bet it was great.

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    I’ve been to a Margaritaville restaurant in Florida but this place looks so beautiful and fun! Margaritaville is a fun experience but to have one right at the beach like that would be so much fun!

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      It was awesome. You should add it to your bucketlist.

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    I’ve never heard of this place, definitely has made it to my have-go places. Looks like fun & the food looks delicious! Thank you for sharing xoxo

    • Reply Kimberley December 13, 2019 at 9:57 am

      I had an amazing time and yes the food is amazing! Thank you for reading!

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      Thank you so much. I’m happy you emjoyed reading it.

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      I think you should too! Thanks for reading!

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    It looks absolutely fantastic!

    • Reply Kimberley December 6, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      Believe me, it is. Thanks for reading!

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    Sounds like you had a blast! I definitely can’t wait to go and try the amazing food that you talked about. Great post

    • Reply Kimberley December 6, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      I had a wonderful time and I highly recommend the food. Thanks for reading!

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      I did, it was amazing. Thanks for reading!

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  • Reply Natonya October 13, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I never heard of Margaritaville but after reading about it, you won me over with juicy cheeseburgers!🤤 Not sure if I would participate in the contest because I’m just like you, cheeseburgers should be taken in gentle to feel enjoy it’s overall goodness. Thanks for sharing this adventure sis, it was wonderful to read, felt like I was there👌🏾

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    • Reply Kimberley October 13, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you so much and I’m encouraging you to add it to your bucket list.

  • Reply Luna October 7, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Okay, some great info about more places in Jamaica. But where is the jerk chicken sis? 🤣🤣

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      Lol it’s on the menu but if you want to experience the authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Boston Jerk Centre in Portland is the place to go.

  • Reply Jenny Hunt October 5, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    I really want to go here now it looks amazing!

    • Reply Kimberley October 5, 2019 at 10:13 pm

      You should go, you will have a great time.

  • Reply Brenda West October 4, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I loved this post! My husband and I have been here once, years ago. Reading this brought back all of our great memories!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply Kimberley October 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm

      I’m happy to hear that. Thanks for reading.

  • Reply Lori @ CircleSquareOval October 4, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I’ve been to a couple of Margaritavilles, but none that had a beach, pool, and water slide! How much fun that must be! It looks like you spent the perfect tropical day. Salt! Salt! Salt!

    • Reply Kimberley October 4, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      We definitely did, it was awesome.

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      I didn’t even know he built retirement villages. It really is fun. Thank you for reading!

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    I want to go – esp. now! All sounds so fun and relaxing!! Perfect vacation guide!

    • Reply Kimberley October 4, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Believe me it is, I had a great time.

  • Reply Tamara | The Gutz Life October 4, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I love Margaritaville! I haven’t been to this one yet but if I make it Hat way it will be one of the stops planned

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      That sounds like a good idea.

  • Reply Rachel October 4, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Fun! I’m a Margaritaville fan, but I’ve never been to this location. It looks like there is plenty to do there!

    • Reply Kimberley October 4, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      There really is. You should check it out if you can.

  • Reply Emily Adams October 4, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I’d love to enjoy some of those drinks right about now! That cheeseburger challenge sounds too hard for me – I think I would feel sick eating it that fast!

    • Reply Kimberley October 4, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      Lol, I know how you feel. It would be an epic fail for me.😂

  • Reply Sandra Joseph October 2, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I was at the Turks and Caicos location on my last cruise. I was injured so I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much. Next year I will be at Ocho Rios, so hopefully, I can do some of the stuff you listed.

    • Reply Kimberley October 2, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Sandra thanks for reading. Let me know how it goes if you do.

  • Reply Jill October 2, 2019 at 9:48 am

    This looks awesome. We’re planning a trip to Jamaica next spring and we hadn’t considered Margaritaville but after seeing this I am going to check it out. It looks super family friendly!

    • Reply Kimberley October 2, 2019 at 11:24 am

      You should, you will not regret it. Thank you for reading!

      • Reply Betty October 11, 2019 at 7:22 pm

        This looks great! I feel like I was there due to your vivid description. It sounds like a fun place to be.

        • Reply Kimberley October 12, 2019 at 10:38 pm

          It is absolutely amazing. Thanks so much for reading!

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