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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.


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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within a 10-minute walk of Ocho Rios Craft Park and Turtle River Park. Mahogany Beach and Ocho Rios Fort are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Sea View 5 Bedrooms 5 Bath
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    322 Mammeebay Estate, 11 Beach Road, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Ocho Rios, this resort is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dunn's River Craft Park, Dunn's River Falls and Dolphin Cove. Ocho Rios Fort and Turtle River Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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

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

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Columbus Foot Beach, Dolphin Cove and Ocho Rios Fort. Mystic Mountain and Turtle River Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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

          Situated by the ocean, this condo is within 2 miles (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.

          Sky Castles CA $94
          Sky Castles

          Sky Castles

          Columbus Heights, Ocho Rios
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Columbus Foot Beach, Turtle River Park and Ocho Rios Fort. Dolphin Cove and Mystic Mountain are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Cozy one Bedroom Located in the Heart of Ocho Rios CA $97
            Cozy one Bedroom Located in the Heart of Ocho Rios

            Cozy one Bedroom Located in the Heart of Ocho Rios

            10b Columbus Heights, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Ocho Rios, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Columbus Foot Beach, Turtle River Park and Ocho Rios Fort. Mahogany Beach and Mystic Mountain are also within 2 miles (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 15-minute walk of Columbus Foot Beach, Turtle River Park and Ocho Rios Fort. Mystic Mountain and Mahogany Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Amazing Location! Thankful Escape Villa: Walk to Town, Beach & Restaurants
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                Columbus Heights, Phase 4, Apt 4A, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Ocho Rios, this romantic villa is within a 15-minute walk of Columbus Foot Beach, Turtle River Park and Ocho Rios Fort. Mahogany Beach and Mystic Mountain are also within 2 miles (3 km).