Welcome to the Guava Jelly Guide to Ocho Rios, a new periodical mini-booklet of wonder, lovingly prepared and well seasoned with fresh ingredients and added spice from a small but impeccable team of Jamaican friends and collaborators.
Among the key aims of the guide is to increase visitor awareness of some of the less affluent, less publicised, but tourist-friendly businesses in the town — supporting the local economy!
We present Ocho Rios not as some ‘rich man’s paradise’ but as a living, lively, working part of real Jamaica in which the ‘vibe’ is contagious and custom is always appreciated.
And if the search for paradise is the thing, there are plenty places of outstanding natural beauty to fulljoy in and around the town too.
Jamaica has enticed seekers of rum and relaxation since the dawn of man, but the tourist boom began to really blossom around the middle of the 20th century as North American lovers of exotica began to discover this island arcadia for themselves.
Once just a humble fishing village on the north coast, Ocho Rios swiftly prospered into one of the island’s main destinations for incurable pleasurites, entrancing a good many of the ‘rich and famous’ with its spotless white sands and outright Ochiness.
The Guava Jelly Guide was dreamt up by Chris Wilson, a graphic designer from the UK, with a new found love of adventure as the sun came up on his very first Ochi morn.
Happened what may to a planned few weeks’ holiday, an instant affinity with the place necessitated an extension of stay, an eventful year of immersion into the Jamaican experience living within many points of the social spectrum.
After time spent acclimatising to the folk and goings-on of a way of life more steamy than a peanut cart whistle, Wilson wondered: could a shrewd eye for design and a burning love for this glistening island be together channeled into an enterprise worthwhile?
Enter the like-minded Chris Rookwood, a son of Jamaica with a similar vision and the project’s essential word on the street.
The Guava Jelly Guide is the result of The Two Chrises’ collaboration.