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From journal 2007-Sandals Grande Ocho Rios
April 12, 2007
A must while in Jamaica! Both my husband and I agree that this is the best vacation activity we have done anywhere! When coming in off the cruise ship, you can take a taxi from the port ($15 round-trip per person) to go to the falls. Do not let the cab guy make you pay for the round-trip up front!
The falls were crowded, at least when we were there, but there was just a short wait to buy the entrance ticket ($12 per person). You may rent a locker for $8 and also water shoes, which we did not do as we had our own. There is a waiting area to go up the falls with a group, there was a guide there waiting for them but we went up on our own. The entrance is on the beach, and it is a strange sight to be standing at the ocean with a freshwater waterfall in front of you. This is the only bad part without a guide, you may want to join the end of a group just to get a spot to go up. Once past the first few climbs, the crowd thins out and being around a group is not necessary.
There are pools that are deep enough to immerse yourself in, the rocks have some hidden holes and can be slippery, but if you go slowly and watch your step, it is much more enjoyable to be alone. Try not to fall into the trap of the shops, we were told that they couldn't find their way out of them! Small kids are not a good idea as the water can move fast in parts; the youngest one we noticed was probably around 12. There is also a stairway along the falls where you will not get wet at all but can still walk along the falls, the people-watching here is entertaining!
From journal Dream Destinations - Jamaica/Cayman
April 9, 2007
From journal Yeah Mon!
March 28, 2006
So, everyone says you have to do it once, and I would agree. Climbing the 600 foot falls is quite an experience, and somewhat tricky. I had the tour arranged through our resort, Beaches Boscobel in Ocho Rios. It was $34 per person, which included your transportation to and from the falls. I went with two other travel companions, and we had one guide. Most of the groups climbing the falls were larger groups with multiple guides. They would climb up the falls in a single-file line, all holding hands.
Unlike most of the other groups our guide just went for it! We went up the opposite side of falls from the other groups. This side was more difficult, but it was nice to be away from the crowds. You have to make sure you step where your guide is stepping, to avoid endless black holes. It was well-worth the climb, though, which I would estimate at about 10 to 15 minutes. There is a marketplace after the falls which is a bit of a tourist trap, and would be somewhat scary to the inexperienced traveler.
We basically skipped this section, and went right out to our van waiting to take us back to the resort. Do be aware that you have to tip about three different people on your way down and through the falls- but hey- that’s Jamaica! At least the tourist Jamaica… I would say, you must do it once. It is a beautiful area, with amazing falls. Make sure to wear your bathing suit, as you will be fully immersing yourself into the river. Water shoes are a must, and several vendors sell them right near the falls. The river itself is surprisingly clean and clear.
From journal Mystic Jamaica: Ocho Rios
March 23, 2006
Dunn's River Falls Park is the perfect environment for fun and relaxation for the entire family. The Dunn's River cascades over a number of rock terraces on its way to the sea and a beautiful beach. The stepping stones of the falls allow easy access up and down their 600 feet, under a stimulating shower. You can climb the falls in a human chain led by experienced Falls Guides, during the guided tour there is a small pool like part within and you do a little fall in. Pause at the "massage parlour" and experience the soothing effects of the water as it cascades to the sea.
From journal Grand Jamaica
Beardstown , Illinois
January 29, 2006
From journal Our First Cruise