Dunn’s River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major Caribbean tourist attraction that receives thousands of visitors each year. Globally, it is as well known as reggae and equally stimulating. There are few places where the Arawak name “Xayamaca” – land of rivers and springs – is more apt. The Spaniards called the area “Las Chorreras”, the waterfalls or springs and it is truly one of the most beautiful spots on the island.
Near Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
About Dunn’s River Falls
- At about 180 feet (55 m) high and 600 feet (180 m) long,the waterfalls are terraced like giant natural stairs though some incorporate man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls. The falls empty into the Caribbean Sea at the western end of a white-sand beach.
- Being rebuilt continuously from deposits of travertine rock (the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate) and sodium from the river water, geologists often describe the Dunn’s River Falls as “a living phenomenon”.
- Thermal spring activity in the limestone caves usually associates the small dome-shaped cataracts. These characteristics, together with the fact that the waterfall actually empties directly into the sea (which is a trait found in only a very few waterfalls around the world), are the features that make the Dunn’s River Falls the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.
- There is a delightful new discovery around every corner of the Dunn’s River Falls Park. It is a perfect environment for fun and relaxation for the entire family.
- Climbing the waterfalls is a popular tourist activity and is often, but not exclusively, performed with the help of tour guides from the park. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to climb with short breaks for photographs and video recordings taken by the guides. There are also stairs alongside of the falls for those who do not want to get wet or are unable to manage the rocky, uneven terrain of the actual waterfall.
- As the sun sets to the west and gets engulfed by the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean sea, sun lovers can renew their pact with the Sun Goddess at the beach.
- Joggers and exercise buffs can include jogging on the beach or walking the property to their exercise routine.
- The lush tropical foliage of Dunn’s River Falls is also a major attraction for nature lovers. Tourists can find ferns, bamboos, ginger lilies, croutons, orchids, a variety of palms and breadfruit trees.
- Inside the Dunn’s River Falls and Park in Ocho Rios, souvenir hunters can browse through the shops in the craft park for wood carvings, straw crafts, and intuitive arts. They can also commission their own piece, climb the falls, and collect it on their return.
- The Cafeteria inside the park offers savory delights that can please any palate – from spicy jerked chicken, pork or fish and curried goat to delectable snacks. Tourists can also bring their own vittles and take advantage of the several barbecue pits around the park.
Opening Times: Every Day: 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Jamaica is November to mid-December. That’s when the island’s already beautiful weather is the most pleasant and the hotel and flight deals are the easiest to find.
If you are planning a Travel to Jamaica then Dunn’s River Falls is worth to visit.