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Dunn’s River Falls and Park Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica

Dunn’s River Falls is a famous Jamaican waterfall nestled near Ocho Rios, Jamaica . It is a major Caribbean tourist attraction because of its natural beauty. The Waterfall is a World heritage site and attracts thousands of visitors every year due to its popularity as an attraction. The waterfall is around 180 feet high and 600 feet long while also having the look of a giant stair case. The staircase design was naturally formed except for the inclusion of a few man made improvements. The falls meet with the Caribbean sea at the westward end of the white sand beach.

Tourism at Dunn’s River Falls Jamaica

The climbing of the waterfall is a commonly popular tourist activity. Most waterfall climbing activities are usually aided by a guide. It takes approximately a little over an out to climb with short breaks an occasional photos taken by guides. Stairs are also alongside the falls for those who don’t want to get wet or just want a easier way to the top. The falls is bordered by lush , green vegetation. The climb can be relatively hard so it is usually done while holding hands and being lead by a guide. The shade provided by the vegetation usually helps with keeping climbers cool while the climb the falls. Dunn’s River Falls is a very beautiful tourist attraction within Jamaica.

History of Dunn’s River falls

The waterfall was the location where Battle Las Chorreras took place in the year 1957 . This was when the British fought and were victorious against a Spanish expeditionary force that came to the island from Cuba. The Jamaican Historic Society placed a plaque at the bottom of the falls to commemorate this event.

Physical features

Dunn’s River is a short stream which drops at around 180 ft from its source to the sea. It is supplied by spring water that is rich in Calcium Carbonate and also contains deposits of travertine which form a sequence of tufa terraces. Geologists describe Dunn’s River and its falls as a “living phenomenon” because the sediment is the spring water will continue to rebuild the waterfall as it ages. Dunn’s River Falls remains one of Jamaica’s heritage rich sites and will most likes still be existent for generations to come.

Dunn’s River Falls Tours and activities
  1. Blue Hole, Secret Falls, and Dunn’s River Falls Combo Day-Trip from Montego Bay

Overview Combine a trip to the Blue Hole, Dunn’s River Falls, and Secret Falls in a single full-day tour from Montego Bay. Make a lunch stop at the famous Scotchies Outdoor Garden Restaurant (own expense) for some traditional Jamaican jerk. All entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation included. Full-day trip to Blue Hole, Secret Falls, and Dunn’s River Falls Pickup and drop-off at your Montego Bay hotel Lunch stop at Scotchies Outdoor Garden Restaurant (own expense) Onsite guides at both locations

2.Jamaica Dunn’s River Falls Party Cruise with Snorkeling

Overview Cruise to Dunn’s River Falls aboard a catamaran on this 3.5-hour excursion. Sail to a snorkeling location to swim among live coral reefs and schools of tropical fish. Dig in to a beachside buffet of traditional Jamaican food accompanied by an open bar. At Dunn’s River Falls, climb the terraced falls to the top, accompanied by your local guides, for views of the surrounding countryside. Lunch, open bar, snorkel gear and round-trip hotel transportation are included. Not available for clients from Carnival Corporation.

  • All-inclusive tour
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Vegetarian meal option
  • available Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

3.Dunn’s Falls, Bob Marley’s Nine Mile, and Optional Mystic Lagoon with Transport

Overview Explore Dunn’s River Falls and visit Bob Marley’s hometown on this full day combination tour. With your local guide, travel to Nine Mile, where Marley was born, to learn about the life of the father of reggae. Continue to Dunn’s River Falls, where you trek to the top of the falls for scenic views of the surrounding landscape. Lunch, all entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Negril, Ocho Rios or Montego Bay are included.

  • Day trip to Dunn’s River Falls and Nine Mile Visit Nine Mile, home of music legend Bob Marley
  • Learn all about the ‘King of Reggae’ from your expert guide
  • Hike to the top of Jamaica’s famous Dunn’s River Falls
  • Swim in the waterfall’s cool terraced pools and admire gorgeous views of the scenic landscape
  • Option to include a Mystic Lagoon night boat ride (including dinner at Joe James)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, all entrance fees and lunch included

4. Private Waterfall Tour: Dunn’s River Falls, Blue Hole & Secret Falls w/ Entrance

Overview From the must-see cascades at Dunn’s River Falls to the tranquil waters of Blue Hole, Ocho Rios is home to some of Jamaica’s most beautiful natural attractions. Explore these two waterfalls with a private guide on this customizable tour, which includes hotel pickup from Montego Bay, Grand Palladium, or Negril.

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Ideal choice for families
  • informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

5.Ocho Rios Blue Hole and Dunn’s River

You will get to visit two of the most exciting attractions in Jamaica within 4 hours. (All Entry Fees Included). You will be greeted by the most experienced, courteous and friendly driver/tourguide. You will also be transported in a clean, luxurious and air conditioned vehicle assigned to you for the duration of the tour. Participants will need watershoes (available for purchase/rental at the different attractions), beach towels and swimwear.

6. Catamaran Cruise to Dunn’s River Falls from Ocho Rios or Montego Bay

Overview Sail through the Caribbean aboard a catamaran to the place where Dunn’s River Falls empties into the sea. Stop to snorkel among schools of tropical fish and living coral. At Dunn’s River Falls, climb the terraced pools to the top of the falls for spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. On the return catamaran voyage, enjoy rum punch and island music. Lunch, snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from Ocho Rios or Montego Bay hotels are included.

  • Half-day catamaran cruise to Dunn’s River Falls from Ocho Rios or Montego Bay
  • Snorkel over a coral reef in the Caribbean in search of tropical fish
  • Climb to the summit of Dunn’s River Falls with your expert guide
  • Swim in a picturesque lagoon and admire magnificent views
  • Enjoy complimentary lunch Sip rum punch as you listen to Jamaican music on board Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
Dunn’s River Falls entrance fee

If you are not a Jamaican resident, admittance to Dunn’s River Falls is about USD$20 per person, ages 12 and up, while admittance for children 3 to 11 is about USD$12. Jamican residents pay JMD$600 per person 12 years and up, and JMD$300 if the child is 3 to 11 years old.

What can I expect at Dunn’s River Falls?

On a Dunn’s River Falls tour you can expect to see and climb the beautiful travertine falls, which are usually pleasant to swim in. When the weather is hot the water is normally warmer, but when it rains, it is colder, but still nice to swim in. There are also places to get food, a guide and store your belongings.

Why is Dunn’s River Falls famous?

Dunn’s River falls is the historical site of the Spanish-named “Las Chorreras” battle, fought between the Spanish and English, in 1657 for ownership of Jamaica. “Las Chorreras” aptly translates to “The Waterfalls” or “The Springs” in English, tying the battle to the falls forever.

How far from Montego Bay to Dunn’s River Falls?

From Montego Bay to Dunn’s River Falls it is about 3 miles (4.8 km). From Ocho Rios it is 2.7 miles (4.3 km), from Negril it is 107.5 miles (173 km), from Falmouth it is 43.2 miles (69.5 km), and from Port Antonio it is 65 miles (106.2 km).

Can you go to Dunn’s River Falls on your own?

Absolutely, however it is far less convenient than if you simply book a tour at your Sandals resort tourdesk, as they will ensure that you have transport both to the Falls and back. You can easily book a Dunn’s River Falls tour and other extras before you arrive.

Dunn’s River Falls opening hours and contact information

Dunn’s River falls Park is open daily, including holidays, rain or shine.

Regular hours of operation:  8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Cruise ship day hours:  7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Contact Information:
Dunn’s River Falls & Park
Ocho Rios, Jamaica, W.I.
Tel: 876-974-2857/ 5944/ 4767

Tip: If staying at a resort, hotel or villa and wish to avoid the crowds, visit Dunn’s River Falls on a day when no ships are in port, view ship schedule .

Frequently asked questions about Dunn’s River Falls

1.  What kind of experience is Dunn’s River Falls Jamaica?

Dunn’s River Falls is a waterfall with a series of naturally terraced rocks interrupted by areas with natural pools of water. The river ends in the sea where there is a beach. It is awesome to look at but most people come to say they climbed it!

2.  Dunn’s River Falls is a Jamaican icon but is it of any historical significance?

It is the site of the Battle of Las Chorreras of 1657 where the Spanish, under the command of Christobal Isasi, tried to recapture the island of Jamaica from the British who had captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655. The British won and Jamaica remained under British rule until its independence on August 6, 1962.

3.  Where is Dunn’s River Falls?

Dunn’s River Falls is located just prior to entering Ocho Rios on the western side of the town. It is beside Mystic Mountain and almost across the street from Dolphin Cove. It is therefore quite common to see tour packages that offer Dunn’s River Falls along with either of those two attractions.

4.  How far is Dunn’s River Falls from the main tourist areas?

The Ocho Rios cruise ship ports are about 3-4 km, or a five-minute ride, from Dunn’s River Falls. Going west, the falls are about 20 minutes from Runaway Bay, 30 -35 minutes from Discovery Bay, about an hour from Falmouth, about 1.5 hours from Montego Bay and 3 hours from Negril.  Dunn’s River Falls is 30-35 minutes from Mais Oui Villa in Discovery Bay Jamaica. It is the perfect base from which to explore attractions such as Dunn’s River. If you are staying in Negril, I would suggest that you go to YS Falls instead and save Dunn’s River for another trip when you are staying on the northern side of the island.

5.  How high is Dunn’s River Falls?

The falls are about 180 feet high and about 600 feet long. According to the guide, the climb is 940ft, which is mathematically correct.

6.  How deep is Dunn’s River Falls?

The deepest pool that we encountered was about waist high. (I’m about 5ft 2 inches tall.) Note that after heavy rains the depth can rise a few inches. Likewise, in the dry season, the depth can decrease. The posted minimum height to climb the falls in March 2018 was 36 inches.

7.  Is Dunn’s River Falls man-made? Is Dunn’s River Falls natural?

It is natural. Dunn’s River Falls is spring fed and has water that is rich in calcium carbonate and travertine deposits. It is considered “living”. If Dunn’s River Falls we’re man-made, that would be one of the biggest cover-ups and hoaxes in history. There have been some man-made improvements. In a few areas, handrails have been installed to help people to exit the falls. A few walls and steps have been built to improve access. A few areas near the perimeter of the falls do seem as though they may have been hacked to make foot holes; but, the falls are indeed natural. 

8.  Do you have to climb the falls when you visit? What else is there to do other than climb the falls?

You don’t have to climb the falls if you don’t want to. I visited the falls several times and never climbed it until 2018. There are lots to do there. Most people who visit the falls alone spend a minimum of 2.5 hours. Once you pay your entrance fee, there is no time limit. There is a beach at the bottom of the falls that you can enjoy. You can sit on the rocks where the river enters the sea and let the water massage you.

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Written by odanemorgan

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