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Dunn's River Falls

Ocho Rios

Dunn's River Falls is a spectacular White River waterfall near Ocho Rios in Jamaica, where cold mountain water cascades 1,000 feet (300 meters) down naturally terraced steps. Those interested in geology will be fascinated with the way the world-famous falls renew themselves via regular deposits of calcium carbonate and sodium, while movie buffs will recognize them from films such as Dr. No and Cocktail.

Many visitors make it a goal to climb the 600-foot (182-meter) terraced falls themselves on an independent or guided visit to Dunn's River Falls. While you're there, be sure to stop at one of the lagoons, admire the natural wonder from the top, and take a refreshing dip, too. Many Dunn's River Falls tours also combine a visit to the falls and park with river tubing, a shopping tour in Ocho Rios, a party cruise, or a stop at the Blue Hole or Luminous Lagoon.

  • Those who don’t wish to climb the falls can hang out at the observation deck, made for sunning and viewing.

  • You’ll find a snack bar and souvenirs for sale on the premises.

  • Wear water shoes or sandals suitable for the slippery rocks.

  • Bring cash for entrance fees (if visiting independently) and a waterproof camera.

Dunn's River Falls are about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Ocho Rios and roughly 70 miles (112 kilometers) from Montego Bay. Visitors can drive to the falls in under 3 hours from most parts of the island, or arrive as part of an organized tour.

First thing in the morning is your best bet at this popular tourist attraction. While partying vacationers are sleeping off last night’s tropical cocktails, you can get a jump on the hike to the top without huge crowds. And if you can avoid a day when cruise ships are in town, you'll be glad you thought ahead.

Dunn's River Falls is a top Jamaica attraction, but it's far from the only naturally beautiful spot on the island. After enjoying the cooling waters of Dunn's River, head to the Seven Mile Beach for some sunbathing or water sports, or head below ground to the Green Grotto Caves. Meanwhile, the spectacular Blue Mountains are unmissable.

The length of Dunn's River Falls tours varies depending on where you're coming from, and many tours include stops at Ocho Rios Blue Hole or other attractions. If you're just visiting the falls, factor in about three hours for tours from Ocho Rios and five hours for tours from Montego Bay, including time in transit.

The best day to visit Dunn's River Falls depends on the cruise ship schedule, though weekdays are generally less crowded than weekends. Days that get the most cruise ships in northern ports tend to get the crowds, as many people visit Dunn's River Falls on guided shore excursions.

Bring your towel, swimsuit, sun protection, and any fresh clothing you want to change into after your swim. If you have water shoes and want to climb the falls, bring those, too. Alternatively, you can rent or purchase water shoes after you arrive.

It usually takes people only an hour to climb Dunn's River Falls, though some people can make it up in under 45 minutes. That said, it's wise to give yourself at least a few hours at the falls to account for potential crowds and lines.

Yes, you can see Dunn's River Falls without climbing. While joining hands with other travelers and your guide and making your way up the cascades is a popular way to experience the falls, you can just as easily enjoy the waterfall's lower pool or take in its beauty from dry land.

Yes, you can bring your own food to Dunn's River Falls, and many people do, as it's a great place to have a picnic. If you'd rather pack lightly, you can buy snacks, soft drinks, and even jerk chicken from one of the on-site vendors.


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