Explore Dunn's River Falls
The point at which Dunn's River enters the Caribbean Sea is marked by 600ft of mountain spring water cascading down the rocks towards the ocean. This scenic spot was once the site of one of the bloodiest wars between the English and the Spanish in 1657, as the Spanish, led by the famous General Ysassi, fought desperately and in vain to maintain control of the island. Today, even after all the falls have witnessed (battles, hurricanes and visitors), nothing can diminish their majestic grandeur and few can deny the awe and wonder they inspire.
Dunn's River Falls is the most photographed attraction in Jamaica. Set within a small tropical forest, the falls are a complete experience. The thundering cascades, the exhilarating blasts of ice-cold spring water and the sheer majesty of nature all combine to create one of Jamaica's most-treasured locations.
Tip: Check at the main booth for information on renting lockers, having a guide direct you up the falls and on acquiring beach beds.
Far from simply a picturesque spot, the falls offer a hint of adventure to those with a willing spirit. Climbing Dunn's River Falls has become almost a staple for any Jamaican vacation; even for the not-so-athletic, it can be a fulfilling all-day activity. The operators of the park recommend that inexperienced climbers requisition the assistance of an official guide, since at points, the rocks may be mossy, slippery and just dangerous enough to put a small damper on what would otherwise be a perfect vacation! Climb at your leisure, and have a guide show you interesting spots where you can jump off, slide down rocks, or have a soothing massage from the falling water. Along the route up the falls there are clear pools to swim in, small whirlpools, caves to explore and a garden to picnic in.
At the base of the falls is one of the best beaches in Ocho Rios, tempered with currents of alternating temperatures from the cold river and the warm Caribbean Sea. Dunn's River Beach, with its startlingly white sand dotted with coconut trees, is the ideal resting spot for a post-falls climbing "lime", for the natural attributes are only positively enhanced by the many conveniences offered by the beach's operators. If waterfall climbing is not your sport of choice, you need not even leave the beach - there is a full bar, Jamaican snack shop and picnic benches only steps away from the Caribbean Sea.
Tip: Don't miss the Craft Market at the top of the falls.
A visit to Dunn's River Falls is a necessary stop for any visitor to the island, and the experience is perfectly complemented by a visit to the craft park at the top of the falls. The Dunn's River Craft Market is one of the largest in Jamaica, featuring the work of artisans and vendors from as far away as Kingston. Dunn's River is a prime place to have hair braiding done; with many braiders present, it is easier to negotiate a good price here than in the centre of town.