Cranbrook Flower Forest, about 18 minutes west of Ocho Rios, is not nearly as well-known as other attractions in the resort area, though it holds a treasure trove of beauty. At the entrance, travelers are greeted with the restored remains of an old sugar mill and a friendly peacock or two. One-and-a-half miles of nature trails lined with royal palms wind through landscaped gardens and verdant tropical rain forest, leading to tranquil swimming holes, a pagoda overlooking the river, and a greenhouse packed with orchids and anthuriums. The forest is home to hibiscus, ferns, begonias, philodendrons, birds of paradise, and more. On a tour, visitors may follow the pathways on foot or on horseback.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Cranbrook Flower Forest is enjoyable for adults and children; a play area has swings and a see-saw.
- Entrance fee for adults is $10, and $5 for children 11 years and under.
- Two-hour horseback trail rides are available for a separate fee.
- Remember to bring sun protection, swimwear, and a towel if you wish to take a dip in the natural swimming pools.
- Bring comfortable shoes for walking the riverside trail or horseback riding.
How to Get There
Cranbrook Flower Forest is about 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of Ocho Rios. Ask your hotel to arrange taxi transport. Parking is available.
When to Get There
Open daily 9am to 5pm, Cranbrook Flower Forest is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Add Adventure with a Zip Line
Along with a visual feast, Cranbrook Flower Forest offers travelers the opportunity for adventure. Get your adrenaline pumping by soaring 3 miles above the lush forest canopy on a zipline.