Hmm Ochi, Haven't visited in YEARS. Drive through yes but to actually stop and visit no. If it was Negril I could help much more. I'm gonna do a search for a post I made about Negril.
Dont be alarmed at the driving too much nor the goats dogs cattle mongeese or chickens that make use of the road too, frankly they know how to cross roads better than the humans.
Where are you staying?
Get a phone either buy one at home, rent one or buy one in Jamaica. Make sure its a GSM unlocked phone if you are bringing one from home, head into the nearest LIME or DIgicel dealerstore and purchase a SIM card OR you can buy a cheap phone plus SIM card at the said stores. Some tour companies, private drivers and accommodations will allow you to rent phones for cheap but it would probably be cheaper the first two ways. Plus Im sure they'll be calls asking for D!ck and Mary Jane from Iowa, all hours of the night. Phone cards are available everywhere.
The trip advisor Jamaica froum goes hard but the Negril forum is guerilla.
There's herb if you are into it but please be advised that like everywhere in the world possession of marijuana, past a certain amount is illegal. They wont trouble you but you never know. See locked up abroad Jamaica Lol
Convert your money at cambios, best rates but save ones and fives in your currency for tips and to grease palms. If you buy something in your currency you will receive Jamaican as change no ifs ands or buts about it
You can rent a private car for the day for sight seeing, day trips or you can go with other tourists on a bus. Skip the ones and the rates posted at the hotel (esp. if you are at an AI), go down to the gate you will find prices are much cheaper and you can haggle. This is where having a cell phone is necessary. [to reach your preferred driver if you find one]
If you build a good rapport with a particular route taxi driver, you can always call him to take you wherever you want on the route, or otherwise as the case may be.
Jetskis and watercraft operators move up and down the water once again HAGGLE and FLIRT.
Ask the hotel workers about anything and everything. Especially the maids.
You can drink water straight from the tap.
Dont go off with random dudes. If you intend on having or happen to have relations with a dread or baldhead do not give them negroes a dime, pretend to be interested and tell them you will send money back to them when you reach home. You can buy food, one or two beers, or not. They will still smash, hoping that you will be addicted to the dack. Dont let them tell you they dont perform oral sex, they do. Demand it. Dont tell people where you are staying (esp if it non-AI) or your room number.
Hotel workers sell and give away sex, yes i said it. So you may not have to look to the beach or the bars outside for that. Hell some of the other visitors to your hotel are looking for that too, beware of creepy white men looking to carry out some jungle fever ish.
Download and print the map of Ochi.
This was posted by Xmaycana in the same thread
Ask the hotel to recommend a local guide to take you around. There are lots of other water falls which are spectacular. We usually have one guys who picks us up at the airport and is our driver for the rest of the trip. On the way from the airport ask the driver to stop at Juicee Patties in Montego Bay and start your trip with a patty and a Ting- Don't forget to offer the driver one and if he has kids offer to buy some thing for him to take home.
As a tourist it's important to be generous but still respectful to locals. It is expected to haggle, but important to do it in a joking manner. Jamaicans rely on tourist dollars but they are an incredibly proud people and take great offense to perceived disrespect.
On last thing- The men on Negril beach can be annoyingly peristent-I'm not sure if you are going with a male partner, but a female on her own for even five minutes will be approached. I think this is largely because of the myth that all foreign women are there for some of the " big bamboo"