Coyaba Gardens offers a variety of attractions in one location, the Coyaba Botanical Gardens, Mahoe Falls and an Arawak Museum. The word Coyaba is an Arawak word meaning “paradise”. The botanical water gardens feature pools of koi carp, snapper and turtles. One of the pools has a window in the side to watch the fish in their natural environment. There is also a river running through the gardens.
The Mahoe Falls are like a smaller, more exclusive, version of Dunn’s River Falls. Visitors can climb the face of these falls (with a guide). However, unlike Dunn’s River Falls, you will not be part of a daisy-chain of 30 people. Mahoe falls is much lest touristy, your party may even have the whole waterfalls to yourselves.
At the top of the waterfall is the Ysassis Lookout Point, giving a view all over Ocho Rios, the harbour and the Caribbean sea.
The museum onsite displays artifacts from Jamaica’s Taino period. The museum leads on to a picturesque courtyard which is designed in the Spanish-era Jamaican style.
Also on the courtyard is a gift shop and a snack bar.