Visit the iconic Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn‘s River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major Caribbean tourist attraction that receives thousands of visitors each year.
At about 180 feet (55 m) high and 600 feet (180 m) long, the waterfalls are terraced like giant natural stairs though some incorporate man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls.
The falls empty into the Caribbean Sea at the western end of a white-sand beach. Dunn’s River Falls is one of the very few travertine waterfalls in the world that empties directly into the sea.
The picture-perfect appearance of this cascading waterfall might make you think that it’s man-made. But in fact, the continuous lime deposits that are smoothed over with the never-ending flow of spring water leaves us with what can only be described as a gift from mother nature herself. A trip here is sure to be etched into your memory for the rest of your life.
Once you make it down to the beach, this is where you start climbing the falls. You have the option of holding hands and forming a train, or you can try to find your own route to the top. Look out for dark-colored rocks. That’s a sign that it might be very slippery.
Even though very few people get seriously injured climbing the falls, many find it safer to climb with a tour guide. Tour guides climb these falls daily and know how to keep you out of danger. Every group has a daredevil or 2 so if that’s you, just be careful!
Climbing the falls can be intimidating at times. Some parts are steeper than others and there’s a constant flow of water pulling your legs. This can make it difficult for you to keep your balance.
If you’re not comfortable continuing with the climb, there are a few places for you to exit the falls before getting to the top. But you have to earn the right to brag to your family, friends, and coworkers that you climbed to the top of Dunn’s River Falls.
The Falls are a Perfect Shore Excursion on a Western-Caribbean Cruise
There are lots of options for visiting the Falls from a Western Caribbean Cruise. Choose from 5 – 10 night cruises, departing from New York, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando or New Orleans. Depending on the cruise line, your docking point in Jamaica will be either Ocho Rios or Falmouth, both of which offer easy transportation to Dunn’s River Falls.
Beyond the Falls, Jamaica has so much more to offer. Book a cruise to indulge in the good vibes and good times of Jamaica’s island life.
The island has fairly good weather all year long, but it’s good to know that the rainy season comes in May and then again from October to November. Jamaica also has a hurricane season that lasts from June 1 to November 30. November and December is a great time to visit: The likelihood of storms is low, and the weather is still warm while it’s colder in more northerly climates.
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