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Dunn's River Falls
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Dunn\'s River Falls which includes a waterfall and rainforest
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.

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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Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
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The price is CA $410 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in Ocho Rios, this beachfront property is in a regional park and within a 10-minute walk of Ocho Rios Craft Park and Turtle River Park. Mahogany Beach ...
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Sea View 5 Bedrooms 5 Bath
Sea View 5 Bedrooms 5 Bath
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Situated in Ocho Rios, this property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dunn's River Craft Park, Dunn's River Falls, and Dolphin Cove. Ocho Rios Fort and Turtle River ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
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"Our stay at The View by the Ocean was wonderful. The staff were warm and welcoming. My children have tons of fun and did not want to leave. Checking in was good. The housekeeper and gardener were awesome. Already planning our next vacation. Have told all my family and friends about this vacation ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

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Island Blues Cottage at Draxhall Country Club
Island Blues Cottage at Draxhall Country Club
3.5 out of 5
321 Calabash Blvd, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Columbus Foot Beach, Dolphin Cove, and Ocho Rios Fort. Mystic Mountain and Turtle River Park are ...
1/5 (2 reviews)
"This prosperity was double booked, according to the security guard at the gated community, he has seen this happen lately, people be aware, we were left stranded and offered a rat and insect infested at turtle towers and refused that, had to find another place for 5 of us"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2019

Island Blues Cottage at Draxhall Country Club
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Moon Palace Jamaica – All Inclusive
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