With water tumbling over rolling rocks, tangled jungle vines, rock pools and lush gardens, you will find it easy to unwind in this natural oasis in the mountains.
Imagine a setting of mist hanging over the mountains, birds flying through the tropical jungle and water cascading over rolling rocks. Mayfield Falls is such a place, where you can find a restful place away from the crowds. It is also designed for people to interact with nature and has become a popular eco-tourism attraction.
Enter the gardens with a guide and breathe in the fresh air from the Dolphin Head Mountains. Follow the track through a canopy of green and tangled vines. Spot over 50 species of ferns and a stunning array of tropical flowers. Cross over a swinging bridge and meander along the paths to the waterfalls.
Jump into some of the natural pools under the low, multi-level cascades. Slip behind a curtain of water, climb up and over smooth cool rocks and wade in natural mineral springs. If you are a good swimmer, dive through caves. Soak in a natural Jacuzzi in the sun to relax your body.
Keep an eye out for tropical butterflies and wild fruits and local vegetables like breadfruit. Unwrap a picnic lunch under one of the thatched roof huts or have jerk chicken or another Jamaican specialty in the lunch cafe. Then lay in a hammock under the bamboo shade and enjoy the peaceful grounds that reflect the Rastafarian lifestyle. You can even learn traditional folk dancing or learn how to cook with locally-sourced herbs and spices.
Mayfield falls are situated on a private property in Glenbrook, Westmoreland, situated in the Dolphin Head Mountains. The falls are 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Moskito Cove, a 1-hour drive from Negril and 1.5 hours away from Montego Bay. The site is open daily, but closes at night. Admission is per person, with the option of having lunch included. You have to rent water shoes and also a locker if you need to keep items dry. The guide will take photos, which you can buy on a CD. Drive there by rental car or book a day trip through your hotel.