Jamaica is rich in its landscape: from lush vegetation, to dense rainforests and mountainous countrysides to the soft, white-sand beaches you’ve come to love about this paradise. Nature is truly Jamaica’s best draw, and we don’t just mean the turquoise waters...venture off your resort, past the tourist buses and explore deep into the heart of Jamaica: you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you find.
The island is dotted with natural wonders like rivers and waterfalls that often run between boundaries, separating the islands 13 parishes. With waterfalls that can be easily climbed, rivers to float down, and pools to slip into and cool down, a Jamaican waterfall tour should be on your discovery list for your next Jamaica vacation: these adventures will spice up your trip beyond the jerk spice. We have 6 waterfalls that will make a splash in your Jamaica vacation itinerary.
Konoko Falls, Ocho Rios Climb the 200-foot waterfall to reach the look-out point that offers a fantastic view over the port town and well-known resort area of Ocho Rios. The limestone rocks and mineral water tumbling down over the edges will soothe you as you climb up with the help of a guide. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit here – deep pools offer a relaxing soak, a natural shower under a curtain of water, and a mini-cave half-way up offers shade (and complete submersion!) The waterfall is nestled into the hills of St. Ann parish and also features a botanical garden, small zoo, jerk hut, and educational centre on the area and the famed Bob Marley.
Reach Falls, St. Thomas Climb the 200-foot waterfall to reach the look-out point that offers a fantastic view over the port town and well-known resort area of Ocho Rios. The limestone rocks and mineral water tumbling down over the edges will soothe you as you climb up with the help of a guide. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit here – deep pools offer a relaxing soak, a natural shower under a curtain of water, and a mini-cave half-way up offers shade (and complete submersion!) The waterfall is nestled into the hills of St. Ann parish and also features a botanical garden, small zoo, jerk hut, and educational centre on the area and the famed Bob Marley.
Somerset Falls A nature lovers paradise, find more than just a waterfall here. With 97 acres of gardens, ponds, and waterfalls, the property is on the edge of the Daniel River meaning the soil is rich and the plants plentiful and bright. Have your camera ready, you won’t want to miss the many waterfalls that trickle down the hillsides as you walk along the property, admiring lilies, cocoa plants, bamboo, indigo, and trees. For the real adventurer, hop in a rowboat and circle the limestone caverns, gliding through turquoise waters until the “Hidden Falls” are unveiled: you’ll be talking about this adventure and sharing these photos for years to come.
Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios One of Jamaica’s most famous attractions, Dunn’s River Falls is just on the outskirts of Ocho Rios and dumps into the main Ocho Rios bay, meaning you can see them by land or water. At 55 metres high and 180 metres wide, there’s nothing like the falls in the Caribbean: climb the limestone rocks and enjoy cascading pools along the way, or opt for the staircase up the side for your photo opportunities without getting wet. Known as the battle site of Las Chorreras in 1657 and as a national treasure drawing thousands, you will not want to miss a visit to the famed – and beautiful – Dunn’s River Falls.
Tacky Falls, St. Mary There’s nothing tacky about these falls. With water tumbling over 60 metres of greenery-lined rocks, Tacky Falls are named after a slave that led the 1760 slave rebellion in the area. Without formal paths and signs, you’ll want to use the knowledge of a local guide to hike these waterfalls. Trust us, the view at the end will be worth it. The hidden placement of these waterfalls means you’ll most likely be able to enjoy on your own, having the area to yourself for photos. These waterfalls are almost totally vertical, so look up for your perfect photo.
Mayfield Falls, Glenbrooke Just one hour from Negril you’ll find Mayfield Falls amid the lush vegetation. You’ll be amazed as over 20 smaller cascades run together to make up this waterfall. A winding river walk – either on a boardwalk or in the water – will bring you to the waterfall where bright green water is surrounded by tropical trees and shades: Mayfield Falls might be what dreams are made of. Unwind and relax with a tranquil visit to this relaxing paradise that encompasses the “all right” attitude of Jamaica with its calm trails and waters. With the nickname “little big island” and plenty of excursions – the best way to experience Jamaica is by coming to visit for yourself. You’re sure to find something to fall in love with.
Laura Cooper is a travel blogger with Canadian travel agency tripcentral.ca. tripcentral.ca specializes in agents who have been to the destinations you’re visiting, all inclusive packages, tours, cruises, and more.
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