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Dunn's River Falls

The natural mineral pools under these beautiful terracing waterfalls are a refreshing treat after a hike through this tropical paradise.

Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, ginger lilies, orchids, swaying palm trees, ferns and bamboo forests, the Dunn’s River Falls are one of the most picturesque sights in Jamaica. Swimming here is so refreshing that you won’t want to leave. The spot is very popular, so come early if you want to avoid the crowds!

The falls are over 600 feet (183 meters) across and are one of the few river falls in the world that flow directly into the sea. They are a living, growing phenomenon: the river causes a rain of calcium carbonate, which in turn, creates dome shaped deposits of travertine rock.

Climb the rocks and dip into one of the lagoons along the way. Stop at the cascading ‘massage parlor’ and have your muscles pummeled by the falling water. When you reach the top, sit under the terrace structure while listening to the chorus of tropical birds. The views are excellent from this high up.

The site is believed to be the place of the famous 1657 battle named Las Chorreras. This fight between the Spanish and the English in their bid for ownership of the land. 

Bring a food basket and use the picnic facilities at the falls at lunchtime. Near the parking area on the bottom is a café, if you rather buy refreshments on the spot. At the gift shop you can commission an artist to create a personalized artwork and collect it when you return from your climb. 

Dunn’s River Falls are located in Ocho Rios. The park is open daily. It can take up to an hour to climb the falls if you are taking your time, so set aside a morning or afternoon for the return trip and lunch. If you didn’t come here on an package tour, it is recommended to hire a guide, as the locals are familiar with the terrain and can watch out for your safety. If you carry a camera, bring a special dry bag.

Popular Activities at Dunn's River Falls

It's not hard to spend a whole morning or afternoon at Dunn's River Falls. Here are just some of the activities you can try here:

For even more things to do, peruse our Montego Bay things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Dunn's River Falls


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Jewel Dunn's River Adult Beach Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive CA $291
Jewel Dunn's River Adult Beach Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive

Jewel Dunn's River Adult Beach Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive

Mammee Bay, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Ocho Rios property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dunn's River Craft Park, Dunn's River Falls, and Dolphin Cove. Turtle Beach and Mahogany Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive CA $832
    Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive

    Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive

    Main Street, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront property is in a regional park and within a 15-minute walk of Turtle Beach and Mahogany Beach. Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Sea View 5 Bedrooms 5 Bath
      Sea View 5 Bedrooms 5 Bath

      Sea View 5 Bedrooms 5 Bath

      Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Ocho Rios, this resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Dolphin Cove, Dunn's River Falls, and Dunn's River Craft Park. Ocho Rios Fort and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Island Blues Cottage at Draxhall Country Club
        Island Blues Cottage at Draxhall Country Club

        Island Blues Cottage at Draxhall Country Club

        321 Calabash Blvd, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Ocho Rios, this apartment building is steps from Ocho Rios Fort and Mystic Mountain. Turtle Beach and Dolphin Cove are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Baypoint Dunns River
          Baypoint Dunns River

          Baypoint Dunns River

          St. Ann Parish, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dunn's River Craft Park, Dunn's River Falls, and Dolphin Cove. Ocho Rios Fort is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

            Thankful Escape Villa: a Slice of Paradise! Walk to Beach & Restaurants
            Thankful Escape Villa: a Slice of Paradise! Walk to Beach & Restaurants

            Thankful Escape Villa: a Slice of Paradise! Walk to Beach & Restaurants

            Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Ocho Rios, this romantic villa is within a 10-minute walk of Columbus Foot Beach and Turtle Beach. Mystic Mountain and Mahogany Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Beautiful Columbus Heights Nestled in the Foothills Above Ocho Rios, Jamaica
              Beautiful Columbus Heights Nestled in the Foothills Above Ocho Rios, Jamaica

              Beautiful Columbus Heights Nestled in the Foothills Above Ocho Rios, Jamaica

              Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Ocho Rios, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Columbus Foot Beach and Turtle Beach. Mystic Mountain and Mahogany Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Columbus Heights Baywatch
                Columbus Heights Baywatch

                Columbus Heights Baywatch

                10B Columbus Heigths, Ocho Rios
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Columbus Foot Beach and Turtle Beach. Mystic Mountain and Mahogany Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).