Arguably the most famous location in Jamaica, Dunns River Falls, this means crowds, but it is still possible to visit the falls at certain times when it is quiet and well worth doing so.
A stone’s throw from Ocho Rios, one of Jamaica’s fastest growing resort centres, Dunns River Falls is unique.
Described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of Travertine Rock, the result of precipitation of Calcium Carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls.
The small dome-shaped cataracts are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves. This, combined with its location near to the sea, gives Dunns River Falls the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.
- Dunns River Falls cascade 180metres or 600 feet down to a small sandy beach, and at one point run under the main road. Climbing all or some of the falls as the cold water rushes over you is an exhilarating experience.
- There are many small rock pools too where you can swim if you are not in a climbing mood.
- The surrounding park is cool and interesting, with many tropical trees, flowers and birds to share time with.