If you are cruising the Caribbean or enjoying a Jamaican vacation with friends and family, then what you are about to read is just for you. Right near Ocho Rios, Jamaica is Dunn’s River Falls. It is the cascading waterfall that allows for a true Caribbean adventure. Once making your way down to the bottom of the falls, you will then make your way back up the 600-foot long natural staircase. Plan accordingly, because you will get drenched in this activity.
Not only is Dunn’s River Falls surrounded by gorgeous and luscious scenery, it is also a refreshing excursion as you head up the falls hand in hand. During your guided tour, which will take about an hour and a half, your human chain will climb up and along the winding rock formations. There are stops along the way to take a quick dip, or head on under the waterfall for a little shower. Make sure you wear the proper footwear, such as fully strapped sandals, as the rocks can be very slippery. Always watch your step while climbing Dunn’s River Falls; after all, you would not want to be the one who brings down the rest of the group!
It is an interesting atmosphere while climbing the falls. There are several groups of people climbing with you, and it almost feels like a waterfall party. Your attention is drawn towards those who are climbing above and the destination ahead, but you also want to pay close attention to what is in front of you as well. At one point in the climb, you get to take part in a very unconventional “trust fall.” Rather than falling into the arms of a trusting group member, you instead land in the small pool portion of the falls. It is the absolute submersion into the falls and a fun little break from your climb.
Climbing the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios is a fun little way to kick off your Jamaican vacation. At the end, you will feel accomplished as you stop for a quick photo under the “Congratulations!” sign.